October 27th, 2007

New Tilley Hat

Conservative News Media in the news

Where Does The Right Wing End and the Media Begin? Paul Krugman in alternet.org:
We have a situation right now in which there are several major parts of the news media that are for all practical purposes part of "movement conservatism" -- Fox News, the New York Post, the Washington Times -- and in which other news organizations are intimidated, at least to some extent. I sometimes talk about what I call "asymmetrical intimidation." If you say a true but unflattering thing about Bush or in fact about any other prominent conservative, oh, boy! People are going to go after you. I mean, I've got people working full-time going after me, right? But if you say a false, unflattering thing about a Democrat or a progressive, no risk ... And that shapes coverage, no question about it.
FEMA workers play role of reporters:
The agency - much maligned for its sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina over two years ago - arranged to have FEMA employees play the part of independent reporters Tuesday and ask questions of Vice Adm. Harvey E. Johnson, the agency's deputy director.

The questions were predictably soft and gratuitous.
But it gets worse. Jeff Gannon "we reporters will just look the other way while the news is being manipulated" worse:

Both Fox and MSNBC carried part of the conference live with no mention of the phoney reporters, per salon.com, Premium membership required