Chris's Rants

Monday, May 16, 2005

Smells like Republican Spirit

Keith Olbermann thinks Scott "I-gave-two-years-of-day-passes-to-a-gay-prostitute-posing-as-a-journalist" McClellan should resign.

Why is it that only (former) sports casters and comedians have any journalistic ethic these days?

I think Keith nails it with this:
Or would somebody rather play politics with this? The way Craig Crawford reconstructed it, this one went similarly to the way the Killian Memos story evolved at the White House. The news organization turns to the administration for a denial. The administration says nothing. The news organization runs the story. The administration jumps on the necks of the news organization with both feet - or has its proxies do it for them.
This is classic Karl Rove. It serves a dual purpose of stirring up the Muslims and tearing down the media in one swell foop.

Keith also covered the Downing Street Memo on his show tonight. Good on him for that.

The money line in his blog entry though is this:
While places like the Fox News Channel (which, only today, I finally recognized - it’s the newscast perpetually running on the giant video screens in the movie “1984”) ask how many heads should roll at Newsweek, it forgets in its fervor that both the story and the phony controversy around it are not so cut-and-dried this time.
If it weren't so sad, it would be funny.


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