Friday, February 04, 2005

Mishandled Media

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Two incidents highlight the mainstream media's defects and biases. by Hugh Hewitt


"The first is the genuinely scandalous assertion by CNN's Eason Jordan, made at the World Economic Forum, that the United States military has targeted and killed a dozen journalists. The account of Jordan's remarks -including his backpedaling and the crowd's reactions--is available at ForumBlog. Thus far no major media outlet has demanded an accounting of Jordan, but the idea that a major figure from American media traffics in such outlandish and outrageous slanders on the American military deserves attention and criticism, not indifference. It is no wonder that anti-American propaganda gains traction in the world when American news executives set fantasies such as this one in motion. If Jordan had no grounds for peddling this grassy-knoll garbage, he should be fired. If he did have even the flimsiest of grounds, he ought to share his evidence and let the public decide whether his judgment is as flawed as it was when he covered for Saddam all those years.
THE SECOND SUBJECT for mulling is John Kerry's extraordinary interview with Tim Russert last Sunday. There's a lot to absorb here, including Kerry's assertion that he did indeed run guns and CIA men into Cambodia on secret missions--and to aid the Khmer Rouge no less! "-Read the whole thing



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Blogger The Author said...

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3:26 PM  
Blogger M.T. Daffenberg said...

Boutros must have gotten nasty. I think propaganda in any form is scary. When war is on, and I'll try to get this quote right, from the movie 'Control Room,' "propaganda is the most important thing when considering war. A military leader who does not consider propaganda is a poor military leader." The main idea is there. I hate that misinformation is such a crucial part of killing people. It goes both ways and all hands get dirty. If I only had my own news station. . . ?

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This developing story continues to pick up steam, but only in the blogosphere. Captain's Quarters seems to be the clearinghouse and a good source for the blow-by-blow. Hugh Hewitt is also playing a leading role by listing all the bloggers who are likewise keeping their readers informed. Today, Michelle Malkin got three major scoops by talking to Rep Barney Frank (D-MA) and Sen Chris Dodd

Hugh Hewitt

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This developing story continues to pick up steam, but only in the blogosphere. Captain's Quarters seems to be the clearinghouse and a good source for the blow-by-blow. Hugh Hewitt is also playing a leading role by listing all the bloggers who are likewise keeping their readers informed. Today, Michelle Malkin got three major scoops by talking to Rep Barney Frank (D-MA) and Sen Chris Dodd's (D-CT) spokesperson, and to roundtable moderator David Gergen. All three were at Davos and essentially confirm the original recollections of attendees Rebecca MacKinnon and Rony Abovitz.

Hewitt's recent book Blog is quite prescient in light of this ongoing story for it captures the growing irrelevancy of the MSM. For years, the MSM has treated us as children to be molded according to their leftist orthodoxy. Eason Jordan's performance at Davos is merely the latest example that the MSM emperor has no clothes. The allegation that US troops in Iraq and elsewhere target members of the press is absurd on its face. CNN is revealed as a thoroughly tainted even treacherous organization that acts as a willful mouthpiece for the Jihadis. That's why readers like me are turning more and more to the blogosphere and delightful new sites such as Reclaim Your Brain for our information. All of us have our biases. The MSM included. Even Fair and Balanced FOX is biased in its reporting (though less so than all the rest put together). Since that's undeniable, I'd just as soon find the bias that suits me. Reclaim Your Brain is the kind of small entrepreneurial site that suits me to a 'T'. Bravo!

BTW, Easongate is a new blog clearinghouse with a catchy name for staying on top of the "take down" of Eason Jordan. CNN's (Collaboration News Network') numbers are declining so fast it's hard not to foresee their takedown as well. Signed//Dystopic Anonymous Dissident

10:33 PM  
Blogger M.T. Daffenberg said...

A reply to anonymous:

Fox is less biased!?! Please tell me you're making a joke. If not, then your cognitive recognition of propaganda is hugely skewed and utterly unreliable. All, I repeat, all news sources have their bias, but to separate Fox from the group is like separating cow dung from bull dung--you essentially still have the same ol' crap. From what I've seen, al-Jazeera would have been a better example than Fox. Unless you're some irrational conservative mouthpiece, I suggest you re-evaluate hugely biased Fox news.

PS This is not a defense of CNN!

8:17 AM  

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