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March 26, 2004

The Emperor Is Discovered Naked, Again.

The blogosphere smacks old media upside the head yet again. This time, Right Wing News gets to serve the heaping plate of crow, to the New York Daily News, among others, for their coverage of the Bush 9/11 ads "controversy."

This "flood" consisted mainly of 10 or 12 people quoted over and over. Some people turned up in stories because they were already in reporters' Rolodexes as complainers, unhappy about many different 9/11 issues. This group included a lot of vocal anti-Bush activists, who were not really representative of the victim-families movement but were fairly well known to the media.

One of the conservative bloggers, John Hawkins at RightWingNews.com, figured out early what was happening. He pointed out that in the big Associated Press story on the alleged furor, "5 out of 6 people interviewed had an ax to grind with George Bush." Monica Gabrielle, who called the ad "despicable," is a Bush-basher who turned up on at least nine news sites. David Potorti, who was also quoted in many stories, said last October, "I feel like the foreign policy of the Bush administration is almost like a second assault on us." Readers and viewers were not told about these anti-Bush sentiments in stories about the ads.

Right or left, whenever a story like this is exposed by one of us, it's a win for all of us. Kudos to John, and I though I sincerely hope congratulations from the left wing of blogdom are forthcoming, I doubt he'll get many.

Posted by Bigwig at March 26, 2004 09:41 PM | TrackBack
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