Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Bill Keller the finger pointer
Keach Hagey (Politico) quotes Bill Keller (NYT's executive editor) stating, "I think the effect of Fox News on American public life has been to create a level of cynicism about the news in general. It has contributed to the sense that they are all just out there with a political agenda but Fox is just more overt about it. And I think that's unhealthy."
Wanna know what I think is unhealthy? Lies and liars.
Reality: The effect of the New York Times on American public life has been to create a level of cynicism about the news in general. It has contributed to the sense that they are all just out there with a political agenda but the New York Times is just more overt about it. And I think that's unhealthy."
I say that because? War Hawk Bill Keller cheerleaded the Iraq War (first as a columnist, then as the paper's executive editor) and has never apologized for that nor owned up to his mistakes in 'predicting.'
I also say that because the paper is infamous for Judith Miller's 'reporting.' Miller did stenography for the administration and none of her 'reports' hold up. The paper -- with Miller and others -- sold an illegal war of choice and that is not forgotten.
Fox News is going to do what Fox News is going to do. I don't watch it. I've never watched it. I have no interest in watching it. (I'm not big on TV to begin with, I should admit.) But if you're going to criticize it and claim that it has fostered distrust in the media, you damn well better have already taken accountablity for your own actions.
By the way, some elements of the left, in real time, disgraced themselves. How so? By repeatedly (Amy Goodman was the worst here) insisting that Jayson Blair (NYT scandal -- another reporter who made up facts) wasn't an issue, that Miller was the focus.
Jayson Blair damn well was an issue. He appeared in a newspaper, he had a byline and he made up what he wrote. He faked news stories. In what world is that offense not grave?
Jayson Blair is as much a crook as is Judith Miller; however, the urge by Amy Goodman and her ilk to give Jayson Blair a pass does explain both their refusal to call out Barack and their refusal to be bound by the facts. From their defense of Blair, it was clear that journalism ethics were of no concern to them.
Bill Keller needs to look in his own house before casting the stone at another outlet -- whether it's a right-wing outlet like Fox or some centrist outlet or some left-wing one.