Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: New York Time's Frank Rich: Bush "Dishonest, Corrupt, Reprehensible"
So, what role does the press have in your view? Do they merely repeat the bits and pieces they are fed by through the official channels, or do they have an obligation to test those bits and pieces to establish the facts and context before repeating them? When they find the bit and pieces are not wholly factual, if they are an impartial or unbiased or otherwise supposedly neutral journalist do they confront the official channels with the evidence of misstatements? If they do, is it not fair game, or ethical, to confront the originator of the bits and pieces using a widely distributed media?
I think Walter Cronkite asked the question, not out of the blue. Given the daily opportunity to pontificate if he so desired, and the size of his audience, I find your easy condemnation of his reporting a bit irrational. Besides, you did not respond to the point, which was to counter your relatively unsubstantiated claim that news consisted of critical reports of Bush only. While this is obviously not true the Cronkite reference was made to show when explicitly poor behavior is exercised by a President of either party, the press is equally critical. The intensity and frequency of critical news reports is directly related to the critical nature of the poor performance and frequency of same by a sitting President.
When Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinski began to dominate the news it was never clearer that when news reporters smell the stink of a cover-up or lie, it becomes news when each and every layer of the cover up is peeled back. The act of getting blow job was not illegal, had no bearing on the outcome of the inquisition. The effort to cover it up was and did, and it was reported in the press moment by moment. The President's denials and the denials of his supporters are not as newsy as another lie being uncovered, debunked and reported.
So, don't Look to destroy the media because of the news they are reporting or how they report it. Look to what those in the news are doing that is being reported. Like the Monica Lewinski stories did for Clinton, the present Iraq war reporting is giving Bush a chance to be truthful. And when he opts to stonewall and cover up, it gives the press more to write about. It is what makes the news organizations functional. Jim