• PBS, 9/11 and St. Paul

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC BOEHLERT

    The RNC's promo convention video last night that showed the hijacked planes flying into the World Trace Center towers actually ran counter to PBS's longstanding policy of not showing those video images. See CJR.

  • The press is offended by the McCain campaign

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC BOEHLERT

    Not only by its decision to run against the press (after journalists for so many years selflessly promoted McCain), but by the campaign's decision to permanently seal Palin off from the media. Here, Time's Jay Carney airs his disgust.

  • Somebody isn't telling the truth -- will MSNBC tell us who?

    Blog ››› ››› JAMISON FOSER

    Ok, let's try another approach. Earlier today on MSNBC, Obama strategist Robert Gibbs said of Palin's speech: "I don't know that it was heavy on actual facts. She got a lot of that wrong." Host Andrea Mitchell didn't engage on the topic of the truthfulness of Palin's speech.

    Now, one of two things is true: either Sarah Palin got a lot wrong during her speech last night, or Robert Gibbs is making false claims about Sarah Palin.

    Conservatives have been attacking the media for being unfair to Sarah Palin. Allowing an Obama strategist to make unrebutted attacks on Palin's truthfulness can't make those conservatives happy. So I assume they'll join me in asking MSNBC to tell their viewers whether Gibbs' criticism was accurate. I mean, MSNBC shouldn't just allow Gibbs to accuse Palin of getting things wrong without either confirming or debunking his claims, should they?

    Who's with me? Newsbusters? Malkin? Anyone?

  • Hey McCain camp, make up your mind about the press

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC BOEHLERT

    New press release out today from McCain's camp which contains a laundry list of quotes from, yes, media elites, who praised Palin's speech last night. The press release is supposed to reinforce the narrative of how successful Palin's performance was Wednesday night.

    But as Michael Calderone at Politco point out, isn't it odd for the suddenly anti-media McCain camp to be swooning because anchors and pundits at ABC and AP wrote up good reviews for Palin? Republicans have been stressing for weeks how those journalists are so out of touch. But when they toast Palin, suddenly the pundits offer insights into America's soul?

    Of course, the media hosannas Palin won for her speech only made more of a mockery of the McCain's team weak argument that the press is out to get him and his running mate.