11-06-10, 06:31 PM #21
11-07-10, 09:12 PM #22
11-07-10, 10:24 PM #23
There never was a left bias on foreign policy or economic policy.
As far as I know other than Jon Stewart every other national TV personality that was not supportive of the Iraq invasion was fired or "resigned" within a year of the Iraq invasion. This included conservative Pat Buchanan and Ted Koppel who tried I think unsuccessfully to oppose the war while concealing his opposition to the war.
Phil Donahue's ratings were not good but he had the highest Ratings on MSNBC and he got fired. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Donahue : "Although his ratings were less than 1/6th Bill O'Reilly, who shared the same time slot, Donahue was the highest rated show on MSNBC at the time it was canceled, managing to beat out Chris Matthews' "Hardball" in the ratings. Soon after the show's cancellation AllYourTV.com reported it had received a copy of an internal NBC memo that stated Donahue should be fired because he would be a "difficult public face for NBC in a time of war".
In the 8 months prior to the Iraq invasion support for the invasion averaged about 55% for 35% opposed and 10% undecided but on TV the personalities broke more like 85% for war 2% anti war and 13% undecided. That does not look like liberal media bias.
II noticed that NPR swung to the right after Bush came into power. NPR supported the war. Under Bush NPR retained the style of liberal intellectualism but in it's overt political content it was no longer left of center.
The advent of FOX News was a milepost in the liberal media bias debate. Citing the myth of liberal media bias as fact, FOX News went forward as a definitively conservative propaganda outlet. Although many tried to deny this, despite Roger Ailes' direct expression of the point, the fact has become unavoidable. If their presentation of Bill O'Reilly and, of late, Glenn Beck didn't make the point clearly enough, Rupert Murdoch—CEO of FOX's parent company, News Corporation—donated over a million dollars this year to the Republican Governors' Association.
With so many competitors for audience attention it makes sense that targeting niches would be more effective for capturing audience share than trying to appeal to everyone would. Back when PBS had it's niche (intellectuals) and ABC, NBC and CBS got to take everybody else by default trying to appeal to a broad audience made sense but cable TV changed everything though the industry has been slow to understand the change.
MSNBC's role in the media bias debate has often been murky:
While your point is generally valid, it also verges on a false equivalence. For instance, sure, it's quite clear that the MSNBC prime time lineup is generally sympathetic toward liberalism, but even including the gasbag Ed Schultz, their presenters might have a liberal opinion on the facts, but at least they are dealing in facts.
Liberals care more about facts than conservatives do. You would alienate most liberals if you told liberals lies that would be pleasing to liberals. This is not so true on the conservative side. There are some conservatives who are upset by conservative culture of lying and disregard for the facts to the point that some conservatives can no longer tolerate conservative media and the Republican Party. One slice of the conservatives became permanent politically homeless outsiders ever since 1980 when Bush senior lost to Reagan and Reagan's voodoo economics.
The dumbing down of conservatism and emotionalization of Conservatism probably began when Nixon decided to appeal to the racists and those appalled by the hippies. With Reagan Conservatism started to be chronic lying and then Limbaugh arrived and showed that unabashed lying can be very successful then came Fox.
Gingrich brought a sophistication about coordinated language and Gingrich shifted the Republican party more into win at all costs /politics is a game thinking. The Clinton impeachment was absurd and was essentially a lie and essentially a criminal conspiracy since a disingenuous impeachment violates the spirit of the law. I think the Republicans view the Clinton impeachment has having been a successful tactic even though the backlash against the impeachment helped the Democrats.
Anyway the majority of this conservative coalition that we are dealing with today is not troubled by blatant lying as long as the lies are pro conservative lies. These people are cheerleaders not scholars.
FOX is part of a right-wing echo chamber in which repetition, not validity, makes something a fact. Or, as Rachel Maddow put it:
MADDOW: Sharia law has not, in fact, supplanted the United States Constitution anywhere in the United States.
When confronted with that truth, candidate Sharron Angle's response was not to withdraw the claim but to explain why she believed it, which is good enough for her.
(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP)
LARS LARSON: Did you say, though, that Sharia law was in place in Dearborn right now?
SHARRON ANGLE (R), FORMER NEVADA SENATE NOMINEE: I had read that in one place, that they started using some Sharia law there, that's what I had read.
(END AUDIO CLIP)
MADDOW: I have no doubt that you have, in fact, read that, Sharron Angle.
If you've been reading around in conservative media world recently, you read a lot of stuff like that. And because that media world is now so big and so well-funded that it is self-contained, and self-sustaining, there is no debunking of this stuff anymore. It just becomes true by dint of mutual conservative reinforcement and repetition.
Many have asserted, in defense of FOX News and support of the liberal media "conspiracy" that MSNBC is no different than FOX News. They hold up MSNBC as an example of liberal extremism.
Yet this is the same network that dropped Phil Donahue. They claimed it wasn't political, but rather because he wasn't getting good enough ratings. Donahue, however, hosted the network's highest-rated show, edging out Chris Matthews' Hardball in its final weeks. Donahue was replaced by former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough. Next, the network demoted and eventually fired one of its rising stars, Ashleigh Banfield, in response to a speech she gave at Kansas State University. Her mistake? She criticized cable news coverage of the Iraq War.
CNN congressional correspondent Jessica Yellin said in 2008 that during her time at MSNBC, the network pressured their reporters to support the Bush administration.
A few years ago, conservative journalist Tucker Carlson, hosting his own show on MSNBC, criticized San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome. He compared Newsome to Nazis because the mayor had declared San Francisco a refuge city. Now, setting aside the whole argument about how terrible it is to call someone a Nazi, how does that comparison even work? The Nazis labeled people as outsiders and then persecuted them; Mayor Newsome made a point of welcoming outsiders. There seems to be a functional discord there. What was Carlson's punishment for such an outrage? Absolutely nothing. Unlike Donahue, when his show was canceled for low ratings, the problem really was low ratings. Carlson, formerly a writer for National Review, is now a regular contributor to FOX News, where he can tackle important issues such as why President Obama should hide the pictures of his family he keeps in his office.
In 2008, MSNBC appeased its conservative critics by removing Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews as anchors of the network's election-night coverage.
Is this really the behavior of the "liberal equivalent to FOX News"?
And this is just MSNBC. In the larger picture of the liberal media conspiracy, it is only one piece of the puzzle.
Numerous media figures have been punished by the "liberal media conspiracy" for saying things that conservatives don't like. This was brought into sharp focus recently when NPR fired senior news analyst Juan Williams for explaining to FOX News how people who look Muslim scare him. Some congressional conservatives responded by threatening to cut the two or so percent of NPR's $162 million yearly budget that comes from the federal government. Naturally, there isn't much Congress can do about the budgets of the cable news media, which are funded by advertising. One thing they could do, though, but, naturally, won't, is stop giving interviews to these outlets. But that's not going to happen, for obvious reasons. And, of course, the other side will start screaming about elitist hostility toward the media.
But those who accept Williams' firing must also accept Olbermann's suspension. This was a contractual violation, and regardless of what we think about such contract terms, they are what these journalists sign their names to in order to have their platforms for speaking.
And, sure, that begs an issue in and of itself, but how many NPR supporters who are upset about Williams' firing are going to come out and say it honestly? How many of them are going to say, "That rips it! I'm withholding money from my local public radio station until NPR revises its contracts so its employees can use the institution's prestige to lend authority to insane bigotry!"
And, really, how many MSNBC viewers are going to abandon the network for FOX or CNN until NBC news changes its contract terms?
I wish Rachel Maddow's transcript from last night was posted; she made the point very well. Yes, the folks at FOX News contribute to all sorts of conservative causes. Yes, Sean Hannity boasted of helping to raise seven million for the RNC. Yes, he maxed out his donations to several Republican candidates. Yes, he used his show to help raise funds for John Kasich. But he also works for FOX News, and nobody outside the self-contained right wing sphere of delusion doesn't know what FOX News is. MSNBC might be widely viewed as the liberal cable news station. But not even Ed Schultz is as bad with his facts as FOX News. MSNBC and FOX News are different kinds of creatures. And Keith Olbermann's suspension reminds us of that.
It all comes back to that mythical liberal media conspiracy. You might notice that very few on either side are upset about Rick Sanchez's departure from CNN. And why is that? Well, for liberals, it's because he said something immensely stupid, even more so than his usual worthless tripe. And for conservatives, it's because he said something nasty about Jews.
See, saying bad things about Jews is just off limits to conservatives. Just ask Helen Thomas. But saying the bad things about Muslims? Now that is praiseworthy. Juan Williams now has a lucrative contract with FOX News, where he quite obviously wanted to be, anyway. Mike Huckabee has a job at FOX News. And Dick Armey has gone on to be a Tea Party Patriot.
There are clearly two standards in play, with the effect that, if zero describes the range of acceptability, |-2| = |8|. You can clearly be more extreme to the right and expect people to accept and justify your behavior.
I mean, normally, I tell people if they want to see what liberal media bias looks like, go to the World Socialist Web Site. But even they are not so far out on the fringe as FOX News.
But which kind of bias? Fox is the right point on TV and their equivalent should be as far left of Center as Fox is right of Center. Where the equivalent leftness of Center would be depends on whether you take the "truth" to be center or the median beliefs to be center. I am convinced that Median American beliefs are to the right of the truth.
And having thrown together that diatribe, I would also note that—
—it's a strange question about GE ownership. When I was a kid, I remember lamenting to my father at the number of advertisements popping up in the local newspaper. (The upshot, though, was the lingerie adverts on page three at least once a week.) His response was, "Do you think that quarter pays for the newspaper? Someone has to pay for it."
So the reality is that if it's not GE, then who? Look at the "independent" news sources for the left wing: Communist party rags, the ICFI's World Socialist Web Site, AlterNet, TruthOut, ThinkProgress—if it has, or is perceived as having a liberal slant, it is obviously not credible. And what of the "liberal media conspiracy"? The New York Times and The Washington Post followed the conservative drumbeat to war; CNN maintains the conservative line on Israel; the difference between torture or not to NPR is whether it is a nation abroad or the United States engaging in the behavior.
The NY Times and Wasington Post and La Times reportedly all refuted things that Gary Webb never said in their response to to the San Jose Mercury's Dark Alliance story. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Webb Refuting something that somebody never said is how you can discredit somebody who is telling the truth while still being safe from libel suits.
I have suspicions that the national security apparatus and friends of kleptocracy are able to bend allegedly Liberal media sources to their will.
Meanwhile, FOX News is somehow credible? The Washington Times? Even around here, we find people who think The New York Post is credible when it's hyping fake scandals.
The Cheerleader part of people and the scholar part of people are not compatible. Facts are irrelevant to cheerleading.
NBC News, under whose rubric Keith Olbermann (but not Rick Santelli) works, stood by Brian Williams when he responded to media reports of the networks putting Pentagon-paid officials supporting Bush administration arguments by saying, "How dare they?"
Without GE, or some other large company ultimately running the show, who pays for the programming? Where would Olbermann, Maddow, or others be?
And this, too, is central to the debunking the liberal media conspiracy myth. Maybe the face on the screen has liberal sympathies, but what, really, do we think the executives prefer? As you pointed out, MSNBC has long struggled to find its identity. As a market decision, it can't be FOX News lite. As a market decision, it can't be "the other CNN". As a market decision, Olbermann is only suspended, and a guest host filled his seat on Friday; if they thought they could afford to cut him loose permanently, they probably would. If Maddow had her way, one day would be enough. If our friend Syzygys is correct, it would be a week. Why is the suspension "indefinite"? So that it can be market oriented. If it hurts MSNBC too much, the suspension will be "shortened". If it doesn't, who knows?
I wouldn't tack you to the wall for your post; rather, I think it highlights some of the central themes of what's going on—it provides an excellent springboard for this discussion.
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11-07-10, 11:02 PM #24
11-08-10, 04:43 AM #25
Most people would not have believed Fox would have worked before it worked.
Obama won the presidency by selling a fictitious left of Center "change we can believe in". A lot of people hoped for this dream. A TV news network targeted at those people would probably work.
A network ten percent to the left of Olberman and Maddow but on the offensive rather than on the defensive and with a combative more earthy style rather than a whiny intellectual style would be the left version of Fox. Fox grew it's audience and a left Network could do the same.
But everybody who bought Obama's dream had a different Idea of what "change we can believe in meant". If conservatism and Fox can fuse the Traditionalists and Libertarians together than something can fuse most of Obama's voters together. The only thing Libertarians and Traditionalists have in common is their opposition to the liberals attempting to force people to be kind.
Communism failed. The left knows this. Greed must be worked with not denied because greed is real. Libertarianism also disregards greed when Libertarianism pretends that people don't need to be coerced to behave ethically.
Central planning fails both big government and big corporations. The trial and error of competition turns out to be smarter than smart people imposing their theories from the top down.
The appeal of Communism was directly proportional to the degree to which Kleptocracy corrupted the market economy and frustrated people's hopes of a good life for their children.
Right now both American organized conservatism and organized liberalism have been corrupted by Wall Street to the point that neither dare recognize that American trade policy has been a disaster for the next generation of Americans. If mainstream conservatism and mainstream liberalism choose to be stupid they open up space for something else.
Politics change. Who knows where this is going.
11-08-10, 11:52 AM #26
Period. No business, regardless of whatever shoddy "free market" or "capitalist" ideals they adhere to, should be allowed to violate a fundamental right to donate or vote for their candidate of choice. Especially when this voting or donation is conducted in one's personal life, away from the job. Having a corporation dictate your civil rights (in this case, freedom of speech, especially) outside of the workplace is unethical.
MSNBC should be ashamed, not only for violating someone's rights like this, but being so hypocritical. MSNBC is widely regarded as having a liberal bias in its punditry, and Keith Olbermann is not an exception. You would think he would have been encouraged to make donations, not get suspended.
My GOD! For once, it isn't those devil worshipers over at FOX News committing treasonous acts!
11-08-10, 12:03 PM #27
Actually, the Supreme Court said it is constitutional. Try again.
11-08-10, 12:13 PM #28
11-08-10, 12:26 PM #29
It falls under contract law, not the constitution.
11-08-10, 12:44 PM #30
So a company can dictate the finance interest of its employees, supreme court said so?
11-08-10, 12:50 PM #31
Not arbitrarily, but if you have a contract with them, yes. They can't tell him not to give money, but they can withhold employment under certain conditions, as long as they aren't discriminating based on race, age, yada yada yada.
11-08-10, 01:20 PM #32
On the Media (November 5, 2010)
NPR's On the Media this week explored some of the media controversies that have made the news in recent weeks. Various segments include:
• Take the Public Out of Public Broadcasting
• Keep the Public In Public Broadcasting
• Journalists as People
• Were the Wikileaks Iraq War Logs Ignored?
• Turning Off Election Coverage
• Pulling Back the Curtain (In Memory of John Solomon)
The transcripts are not yet available, as of this writing; they should be up later today. Audio for both stream and download are presently available.
"Journalists as People" is an excellent segment, including various media figures discussing the role of personal (e.g., political) sentiment in journalism, and one editor who took the question so far as to stop voting altogether.
"Pulling Back the Curtain" is a wonderful piece as well, in which the late John Solomon discussed how NPR stories are edited together, the artifice of presentation, television and radio in the context of being the "honest" medium, and just how much the audience really wants to know about the technical wizardry and its effects on the final cut.
I highly recommend this piece for anyone taking part in the present discussion; indeed, for anyone at all.
11-08-10, 03:10 PM #33
Following up on that: I never voted when I was a journalist, didn't think it proper.
In addition to being my own ethical stance, it allowed me to tell the pols I was not personally involved in the election (and indeed, I wasn't), and this was always extremely well-received. I never gave money to campaigns or frequented anything that might be construed of as agenda-driven.
Covering events outside my immediate community was also helpful. At one point, I was intentionally assigned to cover federal roads projects in an adjoining district. This meant I could go to meetings and literally tell all the people there I didn't give two shits about where they put this road or that or how big an interchange was. Again, you'd be surprised how far that goes with people.
11-08-10, 03:13 PM #34
Originally Posted by niraker
The comparison should therefore be avoided - it serves only to confuse, lend a spurious legitimacy to the "both sides do whatever" propaganda line.
One of the reasons the "left equivalent of Fox" fails to exist is that Fox is not fundamentally a left or right operation. Fox has no ideology, and propagandizes for the corporate authoritarians not out of ideological agreement but because that's who signs the checks. Since no one in a corporate industrial society is going to line up hundreds of millions of dollars for decades behind a left libertarian viewpoint in TV "news", any left libertarian news operations would be ideologically motivated and guided: that would be an enormous difference, a non-equivalence of great significance.
Another circumstance preventing the "left equivalent of Fox" is Fox's nature as a propaganda outlet - including its structurally fundamental lack of interest in physical fact. Long term survival as a propaganda outlet, maintaining the rhetorical facade of a "news" organization without reference to physical fact, requires the backing of power. In the US, most power resides in corporate authoritarian centers - the rest has little ideological organization of even that rudimentary nature (the individual voter, etc). There is no left libertarian center of power capable of backing something like Fox, protecting it from its enemies and so forth.
Originally Posted by string
11-08-10, 05:06 PM #35
11-08-10, 06:31 PM #36
Notes on the journalistOriginally Posted by ElectricFetus
But Olbermann, in being a journalist, is neither reporter nor anchor. I prefer the British term, presenter, while we Americans would call him a host.
The sleight of hand—or tongue, as such—comes when people like Scarborough (MSNBC), O'Reilly (FOX News), Beck (FOX News), and Hannity (FOX News) are regarded as journalists. They are, but not in the Fourth Estate context.
Even respectable journalists in that context, such as Jim Lehrer, are abandoning the Fourth Estate.
But the pundit-presenters of the cable news complex are journalists more in an anemic sense derived from personal journalism. Joan Didion is often regarded as the founder of personal journalism—
There is something uneasy in the Los Angeles air this afternoon, some unnatural stillness, some tension. What it means is that tonight a Santa Ana will begin to blow, a hot wind from the northeast whining down through the Cajon and San Gorgonio Passes, blowing up sand storms out along Route 66, drying the hills and the nerves to flash point. For a few days now we will see smoke back in the canyons, and hear sirens in the night. I have neither heard nor read that a Santa Ana is due, but I know it, and almost everyone I have seen today knows it too. We know it because we feel it. The baby frets. The maid sulks. I rekindle a waning argument with the telephone company, then cut my losses and lie down, given over to whatever it is in the air. To live with the Santa Ana is to accept, consciously or unconsciously, a deeply mechanistic view of human behavior.
—but it is more accurate to say that she is the mother of modern personal journalism. Indeed, one might find in Alexis de Tocqueville and other writers of the early American scene aspects that could be called personal journalism. And, if we want to really press the term, we might look all the way back to Cabeza de Vaca's La Relacion:
At sunset, the Indians thinking that we had not gone, came to seek us and bring us food; but when they saw us thus, in a plight so different from what it was before, and so extraordinary, they were alarmed and turned back. I went toward them and called, when they returned much frightened. I gave them to understand by signs that our boat had sunk and three of our number had been drowned. There, before them, they saw two of the departed, and we who remained were near joining them. The Indians, at sight of what had befallen us, and our state of suffering and melancholy destitution, sat down among us, and from the sorrow and pity they felt, they all began to lament so earnestly that they might have been heard at a distance, and continued so doing more than half an hour. It was strange to see these men, wild and untaught, howling like brutes over our misfortunes. It caused in me as in others, an increase of feeling and a livelier sense of our calamity.
Of course, with that we might reach all the way back to Josephus and other ancient writers.
Certainly, the journalists of our American revolutionary pride were hardly the would-be impartial observers who, like Lehrer after them, would not call a lie by its name. Indeed, without many of the fiery writings of the time, one wonders what our Revolution would have amounted to. Jefferson, for instance, enlisted the controversial journalist James Callender in an effort to counter Federalist writings. The Prospect Before Us even brought Callender prosecution under the Sedition Act in June, 1800; he convicted, and jailed for the remainder of President John Adams' administration. Jefferson, naturally, pardoned Callender and others likewise prosecuted. The trial, incidentally, was one of the factors that brought Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase before the U.S. Senate for impeachment in 1805; he survived, acquitted of all counts.
Regardless, though, the fact remains that Olbermann, however we might classify him, presents under the rubric of NBC News, which expects of its personnel the neutral journalistic detachment that the pundit-presenters, bloggers, and columnists often claim for themselves. And while in the grand scheme of things, Olbermann's actions don't seem particularly severe, it comes down to the terms of the contract he signed with NBC News.
As for the rest, it's all a matter of how we define the word "journalist", and what we expect of the people who claim the title. While we are often disappointed with those like Lehrer, who often make excuses that sound like a Rob Corddry joke on The Daily Show, we also often find ourselves fighting about the nature of journalistic integrity and who stands for what.
Is there really a way to take that Fourth Estate stand against falsehood while retaining genuine political neutrality, or, at least, the appearance thereof?
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11-08-10, 07:54 PM #37
To some degree I think the impartial journalist is a mythical creature like a unicorn. Josephus was accurate for his time but he was also very inaccurate and discernibly biased. As low as Fox's standards are I think they are higher standards than James Callender and Josephus and perhaps higher than most "Journalists" prior to some time between 1920 and 1940.
I read (but do not really know) that in the early 1900s print was like what the internet is today with diverse perspectives and a vast quantity of small publications many or most of which had very low journalistic standards.
But When the mainstream media talks about how irresponsible and inaccurate and in need of a "gate keeper" the the World Wide Web is my reaction is to point out that in the 1940s to 1970s supposed peak of journalistic professionalism there was much misreporting and little cross-examination of consensus and government scams like the Gulf of Tonkin incident were less likely to be exposed then than they are now.
Daniel Hallin's classic book The "Uncensored War" observes that journalists had "a great deal of information available which contradicted the official account [of Tonkin Gulf events]; it simply wasn't used.
Lehrer certainly had a bias and refusing to call lies "lies" is certainly a form of Bias. Being calm and polite and reluctant to clearly state your opinion is not the same as being unbiased. I thought Lehrer was a Bush senior / Gerald Ford style Republican. I think Lehrer disliked both Reagan, Bush jr and the Democrats. News Busters (strong conservative bias) thinks Lehrer had a liberal bias because in the Bush Kerry debate he did not bring up swiftboats and he asked Kerry “You've repeatedly accused President Bush – not here tonight, but elsewhere before – of not telling the truth about Iraq, essentially of lying to the American people about Iraq. Give us some examples of what you consider to be his not telling the truth.” which newsbusters considered to be Lehrer showing bias against Bush.
I thought MacNeil was to the right of Lehrer and more open with his opinions and I don't think he had the problems with Reagan and the emerging Republican indulgence in fantasy that began it's thirty year growth under Reagan. I just had this feeling that that Lehrer was cringing but saying nothing when people put forward lies while while MacNeil would call liberals on their lies from time to time and would occasionally put forward Republican lies himself. At least that is the way I remember it.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PBS_NewsHour. Says they had a pro establishment bias and I think that is correct.
We can't be unbiased because we were all shaped by our environments but we can at least try to be honest and candid try to hold ideas that support our biases to the same scrutiny that we hold ideas that run counter to our biases.
I don't really like people like Lehrer trying to hide their bias and pretend that they don't have a bias. As a debate moderator refusing to let your bias affect your work as a moderator is good but as a journalist we are more informed if the journalists lets us know his bias so that we can take that into consideration. But if the Journalists have not psychoanalyzed themselves they may not be real clear on what their own unique bias is.
11-08-10, 08:06 PM #38
I never knew people actually confused news with editorials, weather in print or on t.v, until i read some posts here. In an editorial the writer will choose a side and does not really try to hide it because everyone has some opinion.
11-08-10, 08:11 PM #39
And it stingsOriginally Posted by Nirakar
11-08-10, 08:33 PM #40
Originally Posted by niraker
Clearly the government scam of WMDs in Iraq was not and is not "exposed", a matter at least as significant as the Gulf of Tonkin. The gutting of FEMA and the Justice Department and similar agencies in the years prior to Katrina was and is not "exposed". The thirty year scandal of corporate dealings with Iraq and Iran, an important context of the Iraq invasion and occupation and the current siege of Iran, was and is not "exposed". The verdict on "exposure" of the context and events leading up to the most recent BP disaster, the latest one (the others of course faded into history), is still pending, but the apparent whitewash in progress (no subpoenas? c'mon) augers ill.
The availability of information to a small and publicly insignificant number of people paying attention to fringe sources and foreign informants is not new. Such people were also better informed about the Gulf of Tonkin.
For the rest of the country, here's the verdict from the "journalist" who replaced the targeted and fired Dan Rather as the head - the main man, the one in charge of asking the tough questions and doing the "exposing" - on one of the most influential news analysis sources on television:Originally Posted by katy couric
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