• Drudge and his wonderous "sources"

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC BOEHLERT

    Today the mysterious minions, we're told, are insiders on Oprah Winfrey's show and whispered to the Drudge Report that the talk show queen, and Obama supporter, has banned Palin from appearing. That, of course, set off right-wing howls of protest. Oprah has responded, claiming Drudge's report has no merit, and that she simply isn't going to have any candidates on her program between now and Election Day.

    At County Fair, we remain dubious of any Drudge exclusive that features unnamed sources because, frankly, we doubt that sources exist.

    In fact, just once we'd love to see a Drudge scoop that was constructed completely around anonymous sources (the same sources who routinely produce too-good-to-be-true quotes) actually be confirmed in the real world. That way we wouldn't have the nagging suspicion that today's scoop was simply fed to Drudge by McCain allies who concocted the story (and the sources) as a way to pressure Winfrey into inviting Palin on her program.

    Gawker calls out Drudge.

  • Will Ron Fournier break out his abacus again?

    Blog ››› ››› JAMISON FOSER

    Last week, in an apparent effort to paint Sen. Hillary Clinton as self-absorbed, the AP's Ron Fournier counted the number of times she used "some variation of the pronoun 'I'" in her convention speech. Fournier came up with 17. Media Matters checked his work, and found 21 such uses. But Fournier's point was undermined by the fact that at least 13 of those uses of the pronoun were about Clinton's support for Obama, the importance of the 2008 election, or what matters in the election.

    So ... when can we expect Fournier to tally up the number of times John "cause greater than self" McCain used the pronoun "I" in his convention speech? It's well over 100 -- and that doesn't even count variations.

    Or has Ron Fournier suddenly realized that such an exercise would be pointless? He'd be right, but you have to wonder about the timing of his epiphany.

  • Or maybe he just isn't good at it.

    Blog ››› ››› JAMISON FOSER

    Time's Jay Carney explains John McCain's speech troubles: "It's as if he can't bring himself to pretend he's not reading a teleprompter -- that the charade distracts and frustrates him."

    See, when John McCain stumbles through a speech it's because he's too darn authentic for the "charade" of reading a teleprompter.

  • 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.