Sunday, October 24, 2010

Polito prints the wrong picture once too often

A Public Boning No-No

Politico caught boning in pulic

Politico.  I vaguely remember when (2007) a couple of WaPost reporters left to start Politico. There was talk of  a focus on journalistic integrity, blah-blah.  I figured that the Post, after years under the stewardship of the late Katharine Graham,  was like a side of beef that had marinated in urine for 40 years.  There could be no cut of that carcass left untainted. I was dismissive. 

What ultimately put Politico on my radar were frequent references by Rush Limbaugh, especially to articles written by Ben Smith.  In looking up some basic info just now on Wikipedia, this stood out, and neatly fits the tone and temper of this post.

After liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America accused Politico of having a "Republican tilt," Politico's Ben Smith answered: "Media Matters has a point: ...that Bush's public endorsement made us seem too close to the White House.

Sounds like the GOP, wot. Anyway, and independent of other criticisms about Politico's ideological independence, I detected enough odor to quit going unless something else led me there.  Like this article on AmSpecBlog.

Politico Silent on Palin, Hannity, Levin and Beck Retractions

Over at Politico, reporter Jonathan Martin came up with a liberal media twist on Sarah Palin and talk radio and Fox stars. The piece, entitled Hurricane Sarah, describes her as "high maintenance" and so on and so on. It is the classic political hit piece.

 As might be expected, the story is sourced to "e-mails and bar-stool chats among the tightknit world of Republican political professionals."

Ahhh yes.

This always interesting little world of self-believed "insiders" has confidently proclaimed that Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and Glenn Beck have all had it with Palin. The former Alaska governor is supposed to have "backed out of planned interviews" with Hannity and Levin "the morning she was scheduled to talk to them." Beck was said to be "so annoyed" he "finally decided not to have her on his radio or TV show to promote the book."

This is a tough business.  You can do a lot of things right, but post just one picture of a girl being boned in public, and  ... . Well, it's hard getting a second chance. And if you do it several more times ... . Oye.

1 comment:

molonlabe28 said...

Politico is decidedly left-tilted.

I hardly read it anymore.

In another couple of years, it will be just like Po Huff.

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