Saturday, September 06, 2008

Newspaper editor on Palin, et al....

From Levine Breaking News:


I ran LA Weekly for nearly 20 years, until 2002, giving me more executive experience than all the Presidential candidates put together. During those years the paper's politics were proudly liberal/progressive -- even, many would say, "far left." We offered an alternative to the "on-the-one-hand-on-the-other-hand" coverage from the mainstream media.There were things we believed in, and our choice of stories reflected that, though we took as much pride as anyone in getting our facts right.

What concerns me most in the midst of the Palin psychosis is that the corporate media will cave to the McCain campaign's vicious attacks and, by THEIR choice of questions and stories, let the Republicans off the hook, just like they did for Bush and the Iraq war. (You know we've reached a new level of absurdity when the McCain camp starts canceling appearances to punish CNN because that network took a few minutes out from bloviating to allow Campbell Brown to practice a little Journalism 101.)

This is a crucial moment, and we have to be all over the networks, dailies and cable channels, insisting they do their job by investigating legitimate stories and asking tough questions. When you see an anchor or reporter going easy on a candidate -- any candidate -- shoot off an email.

And as long as we're holding their feet to the fire, would it be too much to hope for the occasional follow-up question?


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