Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

May 13, 2004

by J

Just Call Me A Pioneer

Other people are getting fed up with and disgusted by ABC's The Note, finally. I gave up on them during the primaries.

Everyone's got their tipping point. jgkojak had a nice summary of the latest biases:
A number of the contentions made are misleading, erroneous and completely at odds with any semblance of responsible political journalism. Among these myths:

Kerry is losing to Bush: While I admit my Note readership has declined of late, have you examined the historic poll numbers for incumbents, where Bush is and how undecided voters tend to break against the incumbent?

Kerry keeps making mistakes: In what universe are any minor gaffes and message adjustments in the same league as torture video?

Guns, gays and value issues: In what universe does the torture video not enter into a discussion of values?

The pro-GOP electoral college tilt: Obviously you haven't spent much time really looking at this, because there are many more in-play red states than in-play blue states this time around.

These are but a few examples of why I believe today's NOTE is the last one I will be reading. You are either pro-Bush, lazy (repeating campaign talking points) or hopelessly lost in your own world and insulated from reality. In any case- so long and thanks for all the fish.
This is but a small symptom of the disease that has seized the national media. David Neiwert has some thoughts on what must be done to effect a cure. In another post Neiwert quotes LA Times editor John S. Carroll on pseudo-journalism:
The media industry has been infested by the rise of pseudo-journalists who go against journalism's long tradition to serve the public with accurate information, Los Angeles Times Editor John S. Carroll told a packed room in the Gerlinger Lounge on Thursday. Carroll delivered the annual Ruhl Lecture, titled "The Wolf in Reporter's Clothing: The Rise of Pseudo-Journalism in America." The lecture was sponsored by the School of Journalism and Communication.

"All over the country there are offices that look like newsrooms and there are people in those offices that look for all the world just like journalists, but they are not practicing journalism," he said. "They regard the audience with a cold cynicism. They are practicing something I call a pseudo-journalism, and they view their audience as something to be manipulated."
I've had a vague sense over the past year that the LA Times is worth reading. (I loathe their stupid, invasive online registration form, so I don't read it that often unless I can remember a user/pw combo.) This realization on the part of its editor may be why.
Posted by J at May 13, 2004 11:42 AM

I had already given up on The Note long before I even read about the Heathers on Dean's campaign bus interviewing each other as anonymous sources for their stories.

Posted by: NYCO at May 14, 2004 08:37 AM

"Sources close to the campaign..." "Sources who've been observing the campaign closely..."

Channeling my 80s inner-teenager: GUH-ROSS!

Posted by: J at May 14, 2004 09:39 AM

Wow, it's good to hear the Note get slammed. So many blogs link to them in their blogrolls. I read it a few times and then figured out what it was. I gave them up for good during the primaries too.

Posted by: eRobin at May 15, 2004 08:47 AM

Recommended Reading:

The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir
The Politics of Truth... A Diplomat's Memoir

Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush

Against All Enemies by Richard Clarke
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

LIES by Al Franken
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

The Great Unraveling
The Great Unraveling

The Great Big Book of Tomorrow
The Great Big Book of Tomorrow

Clinton Wars
The Clinton Wars

Blinded by the Right
Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative

Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat

Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture

Living History

The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton

John Adams

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace

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