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  • Pointless.

    Blog ››› ››› JAMISON FOSER

    MSNBC's post-Palin-speech coverage has consisted entirely of various reporters sitting around talking about how successful the speech was, speculating about how voters will react to it. But viewers don't need to be told how they'll react to Palin's presentation -- they can react to it all by themselves, without being told how to react by a bunch of pundits.

    Meanwhile, not one MSNBC reporter has said a single word about whether what Palin said was accurate. That's something viewers do need; something they can't easily ascertain on their own. MSNBC has had the text of this speech for hours, and they haven't yet gotten around to telling viewers whether Palin told the truth in it.

    Like her claim about the "bridge to nowhere." Was that correct? (Answer: No, not really. But don't expect MSNBC to tell you that; they'd rather blather on pointlessly about how viewers will react to the speech. Which becomes self-fulfilling: those viewers would, no doubt, react a bit differently if the media told them Palin didn't tell the truth.)

  • Media giving Biden a pass? Not quite.

    Blog ››› ››› JAMISON FOSER

    Marc Ambinder says the McCain camp's assault on the media has some merit: "The McCain campaign's anger at the media is both genuine and contrived. Where are the stories about Joe Biden's lobbyist son?"

    Well, here are some:

    Washington Post

    USA Today

    ABC

    Bloomberg

    Wall Street Journal

    National Journal

    AP

    Los Angeles Times

    There's a lot more, and The Google makes it easy to quickly find much of it.

    But it's a little harder to find major media mentions of the fact that John McCain's wife was business partners with Charles Keating around the time McCain met with regulators on Keating's behalf. And how many news reports have told voters how much the McCains would save under his tax plan?

    Throughout the Democratic primaries, journalists kept insisting that they'd get around to scrutinizing McCain eventually, once the Democrats chose a nominee. They still haven't done so -- not in any serious way. Presumably, the substance-free McCain complaints about the media are an effort to keep it that way. And reporters are falling for it.

  • More stenography

    Blog ››› ››› JAMISON FOSER

    Bob Somerby points out two more examples of reporters dutifully typing up the McCain campaign's attacks on the media without bothering to assess their validity -- or giving their readers the tools to do so for themselves. Scroll down to "The Truth Must Not Be Sought."