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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2009
Burning bright: Well recommend a remarkable photo from the top of the Posts front page. And yes: Any time you capture a face like that, it belongs at the top of page one. (Its more striking fuller-sized, in hard copy. Here's the news report.)
But then, wed already spotted a marvelous facethat of Molly OHare, age 10, found at the top of todays KidsPost. That said: We dont know why the Post tops a hard-copy page with a glorious photo, then crops it down on-line.
DUMB KILLS: Here at THE HOWLER, we hold an odd view. At present, we think the most interesting problems afflicting the media are those within our emerging liberal media.
The most interesting problemsand the most important. For one small taste of what we mean, lets start with a weak news report in the mainstream pressin this mornings Washington Post. Scott Wilson authored the report, with Al Kamen. Heres how he began:
The phrase appears to be is rather weak. The headline writer made things a bit stronger:
Predictably, Sean Hannity was all over this story last night, mocking the weakling Obama. If I'm a terrorist, I'm thinking America is giving up, the insightful analyst mused. Soon, he and a pair of troubled guests were sharing a major tizzy:
For the record, a second major cable host devoted a chunk of time to this story last night. But first, lets review the reporting with which Wilson supported his claim.
Heres the fuller start to Wilsons report. Wed call this reporting quite bad:
According to Wilson, someone in a DOD office sent an e-mail with a directive, saying it came from the OMB. Kenneth Baer, the OMB spokesman, said no such guidance had been giventhat the e-mail was sent by a career civil servant who was stating his own opinion. Wilson doesnt identify the person who sent the e-mailand there is no sign that he tried to find out if there actually was an OMB directive. There is no indication that Wilson asked the writer of the e-mail to respond to what Baer said.
The administration appears to be backing away from a certain phrase, Wilson says. But in the incident driving his piece, he seems to have made no real attempt to find out what actually happened.
Wed call that bad reporting. But so far, this is quite familiara bit of weak mainstream reporting paired with silly pseudocon ranting. But uh-oh! The reporting was even worse on a second cable program last night. And this was a progressive showthe type of show that's too important to fail.
But then, the reporting was even worse on a second cable program last night. Wilson at least lets readers know that his claim only appears to be trueand he quotes Baers denial. By way of contrast, on one of our biggest cable shows, we were treated to a long riff on the topicand the riff offered no such disclaimers.
By now, its fairly clear: If liberals and progressives dont get it right, absolutely nobody will. For that reason, we think the most important problems afflicting the media are those emerging within our growing progressive media. A modern nation cant run on dumb. And if progressives and liberals dont save us from dumb, its fairly clear nobody will.
We expect to be talking about this much more. Tomorrow, a long-time reader wants to know why weve criticized Olbermann.