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Rigadog
06-21-2008, 11:42 PM
CORPORATE MEDIA'S INCOMPETENCE & REPUBLICAN BIAS:

Remembering Russert

What media eulogies remember--and forget

SOURCE: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
In reality, Meet the Press was the venue for some of the White House's most audacious lies about the Iraq War--most of which went unchallenged by Russert.
6/19/08 NBC's Meet the Press anchor and Washington bureau chief Tim Russert died of a heart attack on June 13. The outpouring from media and political elites only underscored Russert's status as one of most important figures in mainstream journalism. But amidst all of the accolades, critical assessments about Russert's record were scarce.

It would be difficult to imagine anyone more admired by fellow journalists. "He was the preeminent political journalist in America," declared pundit Al Hunt (6/15/08). "He was an American character right from Mark Twain," offered NBC colleague Chris Matthews (6/15/08). "He had an authority and insight in covering politics that the rest of us could only aspire to," remarked Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace (6/15/08).

Many of the tributes celebrated Russert's preparation for his Sunday morning interviews, the kind of performances that earned Russert his reputation as a particularly tough interviewer. "Tim Russert always did his homework," explained NBC's David Gregory. "He was always prepared for interviews." NBC producer Betsy Fischer agreed (6/15/08): "He would spend all week preparing for this show, reading everything."

Aside from the fact that this is somewhat unusual praise--shouldn't all journalists prepare for interviews?--Russert's supposedly aggressively posture was at times put to rather dubious ends. When Barack Obama appeared on Meet the Press (1/22/06), Russert grilled him about comments made by left-wing actor and entertainer Harry Belafonte: "I refer you to some comments that Harry Belafonte made yesterday. He said that Homeland Security had become the new Gestapo. What do you think of that?"

Russert followed up on the issue, despite the fact that the only apparent connection between the two men was the fact they were both black. When Russert moderated a debate between Obama and Hillary Clinton (2/26/08), he asked Obama about Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, despite the fact that the two had no discernable ties. Years earlier, Russert quizzed civil rights activist Al Sharpton about Farrakhan's views, telling him (8/25/00), "A leader in black America has said that Saddam Hussein is no more terrible than the president of the United States."

And Russert's tenacious interviewing style would alternate with a much more deferential one--depending on who was being interviewed. Surprisingly, some of Russert's journalistic colleagues praised him for being tough on the Bush administration over the Iraq War. CBS Evening News correspondent Anthony Mason said (6/13/08), "In 2003, as the United States prepared to go to war in Iraq, Russert pressed Vice President Dick Cheney about White House assumptions."

In reality, Meet the Press was the venue for some of the White House's most audacious lies about the Iraq War--most of which went unchallenged by Russert. On the morning that the New York Times published a front-page article falsely touting the now-famous "aluminum tubes" as components of an alleged Iraqi nuclear weapons program, Vice President Dick Cheney appeared on Meet the Press (9/8/02), where Russert pursued open-ended questions that seemed to invite spin from the vice president on Iraqi nuclear weapons.

Recalling such softball questioning, it's easy to believe the advice that Cheney press aide Cathie Martin says she gave when the Bush administration had to respond to charges that it manipulated pre-Iraq War intelligence: "I suggested we put the vice president on Meet the Press, which was a tactic we often used," she said (Salon, 1/26/07). "It's our best format."

In Bill Moyers' documentary "Buying the War" (PBS, 4/25/07), Russert expressed the wish that dissenting sources would have contacted him: "My concern was, is that there were concerns expressed by other government officials. And to this day, I wish my phone had rung, or I had access to them." Of course, any journalist could have found such sources--and certainly few critics of the war would have passed up an opportunity to air their views on such a prominent media platform.


For the full article:

http://baltimorechronicle.com/2008/062008FAIR.shtml

Rigadog
06-22-2008, 12:40 AM
I for one plan on boycotting his namesake potatoes.

Tylerdurden
06-22-2008, 06:53 AM
The truth generally gets little play hear. Just take a look at the spew on the other Russert thread. I swear its porn for the non-functional.
Viagra for everyone!:D

George Roberts
06-22-2008, 07:55 AM
The guy was on TV. What do you expect?

Tylerdurden
06-22-2008, 09:48 AM
The guy was on TV. What do you expect?

Bout the same I expected from you George.

Chris Ostlind
06-22-2008, 09:58 AM
The guy was on TV. What do you expect?

I expect him to display the intellectual capacity to know the difference between right and wrong.

George Roberts
06-22-2008, 01:05 PM
"I expect him to display the intellectual capacity to know the difference between right and wrong."

You do understand that TV is a business and the goal is to make money for the owners.

By the way - right and wrong are abstract concepts that reflect the principal - "right" is what I want to believe; "wrong" is what I do not want to believe.

Chris Ostlind
06-22-2008, 02:52 PM
That sound you hear is the satirical point of it all as it passes over your head, George.

Perhaps it is time to think outside that comfortable box you have painted for yourself?

Joe (SoCal)
06-22-2008, 02:57 PM
The guy was on TV. What do you expect?

Why do you bother ?????:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
Don't you have more pressing things to think about :rolleyes::rolleyes:

I just threw up a lil in my mouth :(

George Roberts
06-22-2008, 04:59 PM
"Don't you have more pressing things to think about"

No. (Well, I am working on a couple math problems, but I can do that and post here also.)

Tylerdurden
06-22-2008, 07:15 PM
"Don't you have more pressing things to think about"

No. (Well, I am working on a couple math problems, but I can do that and post here also.)

So you just decided to hang around here?

Rigadog
06-22-2008, 09:23 PM
Mr. Roberts, please stay off the this thread about Tim Russert, unless you have a touching personal story about the man you'd like to share. If he were still here, I know he'd like to sit down with you and have a talk.

George Roberts
06-22-2008, 09:36 PM
Rigadog ---

The man was on TV. He played his part. He played it well.

I doubt if you knew him personally. I doubt if he knew you.

Is that a touching personal story? I guess so.

I don't have any pressing issue I would want to speak with him about.

Yeadon
06-22-2008, 09:38 PM
Rigadog ---
I don't have any pressing issue I would want to speak with him about.

Two way street, man.

Chris Ostlind
06-23-2008, 02:03 PM
Mr. Roberts, please stay off the this thread about Tim Russert, unless you have a touching personal story about the man you'd like to share. If he were still here, I know he'd like to sit down with you and have a talk.

And so, there it is... you ask a guy, nicely, to keep his crap to himself and afford some measure of respect to the conversation and what does he do... he indulges himself further.

You'd think you were talking to a self indulgent teenager.