Monday, June 28, 2010

How reporters avoid reality

Suppose that you are an "unbiased" reporter and you just discover that the Gen. McChrystal, hand-picked by the former Messiah himself, is not only losing the war in Afghanistan but he is also so politically inept that Pres. Obama feels compelled to fire him. How do you write the story? You need to find some way of spinning it that makes Pres. Obama seem noble. But how? Here is how the Los Angeles Times chose to spin Obama's response to the publishing of the Rolling Stone article on Gen. McChrystal:
Two days after the article first landed in Vietor's inbox, with the innocuous sounding description, "Rolling Stone article," one general had been relieved of command, another installed as his replacement, and the idea that the military answers to civilian leadership had been reaffirmed. [Emph. added]
Brilliant, isn't it? Nothing in the Rolling Stone article even hinted that McChrystal was so much as thinking about disobeying civilian leaders. Yet, LA Times reporters Christi Parsons and Peter Nicholas pretend that it does so that they can make Obama's response seem reasonable, even heroic.

PREVIOUSLY on liberals and their fantasy worlds:
Salon has a sexual fantasy about Palin as a dominatrix
If only hate could change false to true
Faking the news
University study finds Fox more fair and balanced than ABC/CBS/NBC
News media credibility at lowest level since polling began
Living in a Fantasy World, II
17% of US voters claim newsmedia unbiased

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