Our Washington press at work
We may not agree on alot of things in this forum but a common gripe I see is that the press is just not doing a good job. Of course alot of those here think that there is a liberal bias and some say that the major news organizations are owned by big business and publish articles that only enhance the bottom line but rarely have I seen anyone protest about how they treat the government.
From Glenn Greenwald Salon.com
"The Washington Post's Anne Kornblut today produces an extreme piece of government-serving, stenographic "journalism," publishing a dubious administration press release masquerading as a lengthy news article on Obama's approach to Terrorism and civil liberties. The Post depicts Obama as heavily and heroically engaged in disrupting the alleged Najibullah Zazi domestic terrorist plot and -- repeatedly highlighting that success -- claims "the White House has been charting a delicate course as it attempts to turn the page on Bush-era anti-terrorism policies," whereby "the Obama administration is increasingly confident that it has struck a balance between protecting civil liberties, honoring international law and safeguarding the country." Here are all of Kornblut's cited sources for the article -- every last one of them -- in the order she cites them:
Obama aides pointed . . . administration officials said . . . a senior administration official said . . . officials said . . . a senior administration official said . . . senior Obama officials stressed . . . a senior administration official said . . . aides said . . . officials said . . . one senior administration official said. . . . one senior official said. . . . The official said . . . a senior administration official said . . . a senior administration official said . . . administration officials said . . . . a senior official said.
Not a single named person is cited, and there's not a syllable of quoted dissent in any of it. "
What is particularly disturbing about all this is that when challenged about this shoddy reporting they can't or will they admit they are wrong.
The full article can be read here:http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/