Fat Steve's Blatherings

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Let's Shoot Ourselves in the Leg

      The New York Times has an editorial on "counterfeit News," meaning the use of stories prepared by the Bush Administration on local news shows.

      The Times very correctly notes that not all the blame goes to the Administration.  It did not, after all, force anyone to run those "news stories."  Blame must be shared by the news media.

      Thus speaketh the Times:
If using pretend news is one of the ways these stations have chosen to save money, it's a false economy. If it represents a political decision to support President Bush, it will eventually backfire. This kind of practice cheapens the real commodity that television stations have to sell during their news hours: their credibility.

      Quite so, Times.  So, why don't you have someone go through your paper, and see how often you use lightly re-written press releases as stories?

      And how is it that you didn't mention in that editorial that the "Counterfeit News" releases from Washington started in the Clinton administration?  Don't you realize you're cheapening your credibility?

      (Hat tip: James Taranto)

THE HOUSE OF SAUD MUST BE DESTROYED -- AND WILL BE!

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