Sunday, September 07, 2008

Howard Kurtz Sticks his own Head on a Pike

Howard Kurtz wrote a column describing the McCain campaign's anger at the press over their intense focus on a stream of bizarre and hideous accusations against Sarah Palin. He tries to make the claim that the focus on Sarah is natural because the media sometimes misses stories they should have covered and are prodded towards the truth by the blogosphere. Here are his examples.
Bloggers on the left and right increasingly drive media coverage by turning up the volume on questions until they are difficult to ignore. Sometimes they are right, as when they questioned what CBS's Dan Rather said were National Guard documents in a 2004 report on President Bush's military service that led to Rather's ouster as the network's anchor. And sometimes they are wrong. Last year, the New Republic retracted a soldier's dispatch on petty wartime cruelty in Iraq, and National Review Online acknowledged that two blog postings by a former Marine about military movements in Lebanon were misleading.

Major newspapers, magazines and networks no longer play their traditional gatekeeper role in the digital age, as was evident during the eight-month period when the National Enquirer was charging former senator John Edwards with fathering an out-of-wedlock baby. Most national news outlets did not report the allegations until last month, when Edwards acknowledged an affair with a former campaign aide but denied being her child's father.
So just what do these examples all have in common?

Dan Rather's forgeries helped Democrat John Kerry. The New Republic's fantasy stories attacked Republican George Bush. The MSM keeping John Edwards' bastard child under wraps helped Democrat John Edwards.

Mr. Kurtz, you truly live in a bubble. You chose three of the most prominent stories of the MSM screwing things up in recent years and they all have the same theme - help the Democrats and hurt the Republicans. Your article goes to great lengths to claim that the McCain campaign is trying to score cheap political points by attacking the media, but your examples all support McCain's argument.

That's called an "own goal," Mr. Kurtz.

Howard Kurtz soccer highlighs.

1 comment:

B-Daddy said...

It's just too too much. I might add, that the New York Times chose to insinuate, without a scintilla of proof, some kind of sexual relationship on the part of John McCain. Yet, faced with solid, if circumstantial, evidence on the Edwards-Hunter affair, that was cataloged on liberal sites HuffPo and DailyKos, no less, the NYT chose total denial. Look at the outcomes as well, not another peep in the case of McCain, because he was of course, innocent. Whereas Edwards was forced into a bizarre partial confession, with more revelations to come, no doubt. What utter tools, no wonder they're not trusted.