Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

July 3, 2003

by J


I know that there are some good reporters out there. I know that there are some journalists who take their jobs seriously. I've never had the privilege of being interviewed by one. Every time I've spoken with a reporter, something has been quoted of context (or worse, misquoted). In general, I'm appalled at the media and how it has behaved over the last decade or so. The more I know about a subject, the more aghast I am usually whenever I see it covered by journalists.

I've been following the Dean campaign pretty closely and listening pretty carefully to the Governor's statements. There is an awful lot to be aghast about in the irresponsible coverage of his campaign. I'll probably be posting a lot more in this vein as time goes on. Here's an small but telling example. Dotty Lynch at CBSNews writes an article complaining that there's no substance to any of the Democratic campaigns. Among other things, she says:
Howard Deanís campaign has taken off because he touched a nerve in the Democratic primary electorate on the war but he hasnít offered much of a comprehensive foreign policy.
Well, that's crap. The article is dated July 2. Almost a week after he gave a comprehensive foreign policy speech at the Council on Foreign Relations. On the same day that this CBSNews article was posted, Dean issued a lengthy statement on Liberia. And as far as the 'primary electorate' bunk -- 70,000 donors 6 months before the first primary. Thousands and thousands of people who've never been involved in politics before. And that's the 'primary electorate'? Please, sister.

Someone in the media is not doing their homework. Surprise. Surprise. Surprise.
Posted by J at July 3, 2003 11:14 AM

Successful campaigns have not allowed misquotes and misrepresentations to go unanswered. I suggest that J forwards this post to Dotty Lynch at CBS. (This could be done via the feedback link that appears at the bottom of each page.) As a senior correspondent, Lynch should do
her homework.

PS I am enjoying your postings.

Posted by: cyrus at July 6, 2003 10:33 AM

Cyrus -- I did send a version of this post to the reporter in question. I got a response which didn't really say a whole lot, but she still claims, "what i find lacking in him and in most of the others is some framework for a new foreign policy." I don't buy it, but this is a subjective thing.

Posted by: J at July 6, 2003 10:54 AM

Recommended Reading:

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Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
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The Great Unraveling
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The Great Big Book of Tomorrow
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Blinded by the Right
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