Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Not questioning his patriotism, just his humanity...

From BOB LAURENCE, TV critic, San Diego Union-Tribune:
I’d like to offer a couple of possible reasons for the lack of attention given to the kidnapping of the two guys from Fox:
One is that, sadly, they are far from the first to be kidnapped, injured or killed. They are, alas, only the most recent two of many. The kidnapping or targeting of journalists in Iraq isn’t the story it once was.
Second, Fox has deliberately set itself apart from other news media. Starting at the top with Roger Ailes, the Fox sales pitch has been to deride other media, to declare itself the one source of the real truth, the sole source of ‘fair and accurate’ news reporting. As a result, there’s not a reservoir of kinship or good will with Fox on the part of the rest of the news media. You can’t keep insulting people and then expect friendship when you need it.

They’ve made it a policy to keep a distance between themselves and the rest of the media, far beyond the usual competitive spirit, so that’s where they are: at a distance.
(His post at Poynter Online, whose gob-smackingly vile motto is "everything you need to be a better journalist", honest to gawd.)
So, would it surprise you to know this paragon of caring, sharing, unbiased professional journalism is not only a flaming shitweasel, but also a Dean contributor?

Ace's comment:
They're not asking for "friendship," you vicious, vile asshole. They're asking for a modicum of concern for two human beings' lives.
We'll even take feigned concern at this point.

There is no distinction anymore between the MSM and Democratic Underground. DU openly prays for Steve Centanni's beheading; the MSM simply says the same thing in slightly more "nuanced" language.

Mike Hendrix has a few delicate laurels to wave his way as well.

Show some love to bob.laurence@uniontrib.com, why doncha?

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