May 16, 2005
And the Credibility Toilet Goes, "Swirl Swirl Swirl"


Reaction to the Newsweek debacle continues to grow. To me it seems at least as big as the fake document scandal, and for the same reasons.

You'd think the media would've learned from their idol how to stop this sort of thing: when caught, jump on national TV and toss yourself onto the biggest, shiniest sword you can find, and do it as often as possible. It won't be a free ride, but if you do it right you'll get to keep your job.

But that was a politician. Journalists, why, they're a breed apart. Quiet, milquetoast apologies and desperate attempts to pretend that nothing actually happened have worked since the creation of wire services gave rise to the "main stream media". I mean, hey, these were just Afghanis who got killed. What's a few barbarian deaths between friends? My God, it was getting to seem like the Republicans might've been right about the Middle East! Don't you see that our very agenda was in jeopardy?!?

I thought they'd figured out the rules had changed when Rather and Jordan were shown the door. I wonder how many scalps we'll end up with on the blogMantle before they actually start to catch on? Hopefully we'll end up with a bunch of them. Holding the feet of closet elitist-socialist demagogs to the fire is actually a lot of fun. Their screams are so... satisfying...

If they end up calling this thing toiletgate I think Lair might have to register a whole new set of domains.

Meanwhile, White House reactions are starting to be heard, and some of them are not pretty.

Posted by scott at May 16, 2005 12:43 PM

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Well, if they acknowledge that they're wrong, that might remove some of the supposed 'moral superiority' with which they attempt to wage tehir war on conservatives - and they can't have that.

oh well - I suppose that more heads will roll and the blogs will continue to gain power. It's probably a good thing in the long run that they do so they can be a balance against the excesses of the extremists.

Posted by: ronaprhys on May 16, 2005 02:37 PM

My opinion on the whole debacle is that it's not Newsweek's fault, it's the fault of those damn savages who go from begging Americans for intervention to screaming "DEATH TO AMERICA" the instant anyone even suggests that someone, somewhere, might have been less than respectful to Islam.

Especially since Muslims are loath to accord anyone else the same respect they demand.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on May 17, 2005 08:02 AM
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