Thursday, March 01, 2007

The Joys of Demonization

If the MSM gets a story wrong, what should it do? Blame Matt Drudge. Michael S Malone of ABC News writes about Alan Greenspan's latest comments:
Indeed, the story was so unthrilling that it appears only AP covered it - and, contrary to its current reputation, actually managed to write a balanced and objective story. And, as you might expect, it produced little more than a shrug from the financial markets.

But that's when Drudge stepped in. For no obvious reason, he decided to link to the two day old AP story. He then attached one of his classic scare headlines: "Greenspan warns of likely U.S. recession." Personally, I love stuff like that - it harkens back to the good old days of newspapering and the vastly underrated age of yellow journalism - and if the viewer chose to read the term 'imminent' into Drudge's words, and then link through to the AP story . . .well, bully for Matt. That's his job, and he does it better than anybody.
ABC News got that completely wrong: "Greenspan warns of likely U.S. recession" was not written by Drudge but rather was the AP headline for the story used by several MSM outlets, as can be seen here and here. Drudge merely copied the AP headline. Matt Drudge must make such a fun target that ABC News' "fact-checkers" took a holiday.

Further, despite ABC's claims, the AP story was not "balanced and objective."

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