Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Newsweek Duped by Karl Rove

This week's howling moonbattery comes from futurist Steven G. Brant at the Huffington Post (hat-tip: Sam McKee of Debunkers). Mr. Brant expresses difficulty in believing that Newsweek would make such a reckless mistake, and he also notes that the allegation of the Koran flushing incident has never actually been refuted.

Newsweek getting "caught" like this has Karl Rove's stink all over it. Am I the only one who sees this pattern at work?...one that is destroying the credibility of the press? Not that the press hasn't made its own mistakes (thanks NY Times/Jason Blair)...but when it comes to "big news" stories where The White House gets to shout "How dare you!" because sources turn out to be shady (even though the facts of the story are never refuted)...

That's not all! Steven Brant goes on to explai... excuse me one moment please ...Mr. Brant goes on to explain the Reaganesque quality of this devious strategy.

Come on, folks...who's going to benefit most from living in a country where when CBS or Newsweek says the people in power have done something bad those people can do their best Ronald Reagan imitation and say "There they go again."

Yeah! He's right. It's not enough that our military service men and women be willing to sacrifice life and limb, they must also sacrifice pride, honor, and their own credibility to ensure that Newsweek is believable when undermining this administration's foreign policy and our victory in Afghanistan. Brant wraps up with a suggestion on how our corporate journalists can protect themselves, and by extension the nation, from Karl Rove's media fun house.

The solution? Full disclosure of all sources when it comes to stories like this? I'm not sure.

But what I AM sure about it that any mainstream press organization that publicizes ANYTHING bad about this administration had better make sure they've got their source on tape and fingerprinted...not just for their own protection, but for the protection of America!

We need a press that the people trust! Therefore, we need a press that avoids the traps being set for them by (in my humble opinion) Rove & Co.

I really do appreciate the Huffington Post more than ever. Without this latest effort from Arianna Huffington and Steven Brant's well-timed warnings for the corporate press, we could be laboring under the impression that media corporations like Newsweek might rush flimsy stories without proper sourcing followed by more thinly sourced justifications further propped up by a parent corporation with half-assed excuses.


Blogger Mike said...

And remember how the left trashed Matt Drudge for not checking his sources before running with the Monica Lewinski story? He was a villan for telling the truth!

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what! The media can do anything it wants. Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, Hannity, O'Reilly and company can say anything to an adoring believing public because no one ever takes them to task for omissions, half-truths,and outright lies. This commotion over not having an eye-witness to probably what had happened many times is laughable. Stop even mentioning it and maybe it will go away! Or, better yet, put some teeth in the rules of ethical journalism for all to follow.

9:50 PM  

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