"If you're trying to change minds and influence people it's probably not a good idea to say that virtually all elected Democrats are liars, but what the hell."
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Polito prints the wrong picture once too often
A Public Boning No-No
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.
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
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
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
chats among the tightknit world of Republican political professionals."
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." etc.
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.