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Monday, November 29, 2004

MS Journalism School On the MSM

Interesting collection of excerpts. Sample:

"They fancy themselves thinkers, not mere scribes."Stephen F. Hayes, Weekly Standard, Nov. 15th:The Other Losers Tuesday Night: The failed media effort to oust George W. Bush

For some 16 months, then, journalists at the New York Times and the Washington Post and the television networks saw themselves not as conveyors of facts but as truth-squadders, toiling away on the gray margins of political debate to elucidate the many misstatements, exaggerations, and outright lies of the Bush administration and its campaign affiliates. Sometimes these "fact-check" pieces were labeled "news analysis." More often, they were splashed on the front page as straight news or presented on the evening news.
Many of these reporters were trained at the best universities in the country. They fancy themselves thinkers, not mere scribes. They go to work every day to tell us not what the Bush administration has said, but what it has left unsaid.

"They have been defeated."Diana West, townhall.com, Nov. 8:
Election Day reflection

There is something close to poetic justice in the creaky monolith of Old Media showing its advanced age and crotchety bias in a campaign that now ends in the defeat of John Kerry. That is, in important ways, the mainstream and John Kerry are kindred creatures of the far-away 1960s, both setting their anti-establishment ways during both the Vietnam War and, stateside, the anti-Vietnam War. You might even say that together they helped create and perpetuate the poisonous myth of the Vietnam veteran as enemy of humanity -- touchstone of the self-hating American.

And now, with the re-election of George W. Bush, they have been defeated.

"Unpaid adjunct to the Kerry campaign."Investor's Business Daily, editorial, Nov. 2:
By A Landslide

By press time last night, we weren't sure who would be the winner of the 2004 presidential contest. But we were certain of one big loser: the media.

We've watched in slack-jawed amazement over recent weeks as the big media, fearful of another four years for President Bush, have basically become an unpaid adjunct to the Kerry campaign.

"Yeomen of the blogosphere and AM radio and the Internet took them down."Peggy Noonan, Opinion Journal, Nov. 4:
So Much to Savor: A big win for America, and a loss for the mainstream media

But I do think the biggest loser was the mainstream media, the famous MSM, the initials that became popular in this election cycle. Every time the big networks and big broadsheet national newspapers tried to pull off a bit of pro-liberal mischief--CBS and the fabricated Bush National Guard documents, the New York Times and bombgate, CBS's "60 Minutes" attempting to coordinate the breaking of bombgate on the Sunday before the election--the yeomen of the blogosphere and AM radio and the Internet took them down. It was to me a great historical development in the history of politics in America. It was Agincourt. It was the yeomen of King Harry taking down the French aristocracy with new technology and rough guts. God bless the pajama-clad yeomen of America. Some day, when America is hit again, and lines go down, and media are hard to get, these bloggers and site runners and independent Internetters of all sorts will find a way to file, and get their word out, and it will be part of the saving of our country.

"Still angry that they couldn't deliver their fifteen percent."Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit, Nov. 3:
Bitter, Angry Losers

No, not the Democrats, but the real losers in this election -- the Old Media, still angry that they couldn't deliver their fifteen percent. I just heard E.J. Dionne on All Things Considered (audio not posted yet) delivering himself of an astonishing amount of anti-Bush venom. Dan Rather was reportedly dissing bloggers last night. And, of course, there are the rather churlish remarks of ABC's Mark Halperin, declaring Bush a "lame duck" before his first term has even ended.

They know who the big losers were in this election.

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