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Tuesday, January 13, 2004


Piss Poor Reporting

posted by Matt Singer at Tuesday, January 13, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
I am honestly floored.


Salon has two pieces that deal with press coverage of Dean. The smaller one, by Aaron Kinney, overstates his opinion that Newsweek was inappropriate in asking Dean about the depth of his faith, but this bit is right on:
The interview continues with two more questions:

Fineman: "Do you have a favorite Bible passage or book or theologian?"

Dean: "I like the Book of Job."

Fineman: "[Laughs.] Does it strike you more personally after this campaign?"

Dean: "I'm feeling a little more Job-like recently."

So Dean, prompted by Fineman, concedes that the withering attacks upon his candidacy have made him feel more "Job-like." Newsweek's editors, instantly misquoting him, put the following headline on top of the article:

"Dean on the heat of battle, Osama bin Laden -- and Jesus." Then, printed in type that's twice as large as the headline, the subhead: "'I'm feeling like Job.'"
That subhead is a god damn lie. Newsweek owes Dean an apology on the magazine cover.

In the other article, Eric Boehlert effectively sums up the various ways the American media are abdicating their responsibilities.

I once read an interview with Tom Tommorow where he said that he thinks people who only read Z Magazine and the like are somewhat crazy and I'm still in complete agreement, although I increasingly understand that craziness.

But the only thing crazier than not getting some news from mainstream media is getting all news from it.


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