Wednesday, October 20, 2004

You really have to wonder what they get out of this

The wise and wonderful Jeff Goldstein of Protein Wisdom asks, along with with Tim Graham of National Review's Corner and me, what the fuck is up with the mainstream media?

"For anyone who wants to quibble with the notion that the media favor Kerry, consider this: Since January 1, 2004, here are the number of morning and evening news stories and interview segments the networks have devoted to uncovering the growing United Nations Oil for Food program bribery scandal: four. NBC aired three: a January 15 report by Myers, a July 20 report from Andrea Mitchell, and a Myers story on October 6, when the Duelfer report came out detailing the scam. ABC aired only one this year: from investigative reporter Brian Ross on April 21, the day the UN announced its own internal probe into the scandal. But we found CBS has not aired a single story on the scandal, even when using a list of different search terms in the Nexis search engine trying to find one. Maybe they were hip-deep in phony documents. Why isn’t this a major scandal for the major networks?"

What do they expect in return for such treasonous and counterproductive behavior? Why ignore the biggest story of the last five years just to get your guy elected? People won't forget or forgive this abdication of the one thing journalists MUST do: cover the goddamn news.

Do yourselves a favor: stop watching the big three networks, MSNBC and CNN, stop reading the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, and about 3/4 of the other news/opinion publications. If you don't want to stuff the computer in your skull with garbage, that is.

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