Minister of Science and Chief Protector of the Faith

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Journalism In The Modern Age


Barack Obama said:

It has become increasingly clear in my travel, the campaign, that the crowds, the enthusiasm, 200,000 people in Berlin, is not about me at all. It's about America. I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions.

Dana Millbank quoted him thus:

Inside, according to a witness, he told the House members, "This is the moment . . . that the world is waiting for," adding: "I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions."

And the media has been discussing Obama's 'arrogance' ever since. [ 1, 2, 3 ]

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At Thu Jul 31, 09:16:00 AM, Blogger Randal Graves said...

"I am aware of all yellow journalistic traditions."

I heard he's also being presumptuous.

At Thu Jul 31, 10:09:00 AM, Blogger Jess Wundrun said...

What do you expect from the mainstream media who also regularly quote the president as using complete sentences? Talk about making shit up!

At Thu Jul 31, 10:38:00 AM, Blogger Dean Wormer said...

I think "uppity" is the word they're looking for.

At Thu Jul 31, 11:39:00 AM, Blogger Swinebread said...

Hmmm is Dana always such a douche? I thought he'd been sorta fair in the past... I guess he's gotta stir it up for ratings

At Thu Jul 31, 12:32:00 PM, Blogger DCup said...

Without this bit of bad journalism, Joe Scarborough wouldn't have had anything to talk about the last two days.

At Thu Jul 31, 01:05:00 PM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Yup..I've been hearing and reading a lot about the quote that Dana has made. I can see that those who support Obama are very upset and Air America is up in arms about this.


Where was the outrage from Air America when Tim Russert distorted Sen. Clinton's MLK quote? In fact, it was Air America which railed on and on doing the exact same thing that Tim Russert and other media outlets did to portray a misleading picture of what she actually said. Russert showed what was virtually just the final sentence of a long statement made by President Bill Clinton, a sentence chosen in order to deliberately portray President Clinton negatively - as if Clinton had been referring to Sen. Obama or his campaign as being a "fairy tale" - and then showed critical comments by Rep. Jim Clyburn and Donna Brazile in response to the "fairy tale" comment. In other words, Russert and hosts from Air America and MSNBC intentionally truncated 90% of Bill Clinton's actual remarks to dramatically distort and mislead the public on what President Clinton actually said.

I'm not saying I approve what is being done by Dana, but I'm saying that you shouldn't be surprised and maybe if you spoke out about it when it was happening to Hillary or any other candidate besides Barack, it would be easier to say that your rage is justified.

At Thu Jul 31, 04:56:00 PM, Blogger Bradda said...

I saw a quote where Obama claims that if were God he would have created the Earth in 4 days. Don't ask for my "sources"...

At Thu Jul 31, 05:31:00 PM, Blogger DivaJood said...

It's like that game of "telephone" where you whisper something in someone's ear, and then it goes around the circle back to the source - always comes out completely different.

At Fri Aug 01, 08:10:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Randal Graves: "I am aware of all yellow journalistic traditions." Ha! Great line!

Jess Wundrun: It is all through the looking glass now, it seems. **sigh**

Dean Wormer: Indeed!~ We should all "learn our place". :o)

Swinebread: I think that he is just sucking up to "Morning Joe".

DCup: I know! Wotta maroon that guy is.

Mary Ellen: Yeah, but that quote was then, this is now. Also, that was a primary, this is the general election. We are up against the Republican's now. ;o)

Bradda: Wow! It must be true. Alert the media!

DivaJood: Yes, except in this game of "telephone" the message is intentionally garbled. :o)


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