Weekly Standard reports Fred Thompson will rip the media tonight in his primetime convention speech.
Between McCain canceling his CNN interview (see below) and Fred Thompson claiming the New York Times trashed Palin in today's edition, we see can the outlines of the GOP convention meme forming. (And did anyone else see Bill Bennett last night accuse a CNN reporter of crossing the line while reporting on VP?)
Will be interesting to see how the press reacts to the coming, coordinated attacks.
Yes, this obit is written by a NYTimes writer and the Times is now competing directly with Rupert Murdoch's Journal, as the owner pivots the paper into a national, general interest outlet. But as long-time subscribers to the Journal, we still think the obit's premise is dead on:
"On Tuesday, in fact, there wasn't a single mainstream business story in the entire first section. And the business stories that did run lacked the kind of nuance, analysis and wonderful story-telling that used to characterize The Wall Street Journal I loved."
Reports Blomberg News.
Good old Gabe.
Only at the AP, says DK's billmon.
Crooks and Liars has the details, via Glenn Greenwald.
We recently hit the Times's and its online "Blogtalk" feature which ostensibly offers a round-up of whatever hot political issues bloggers are discussing. On Saturday, our beef was that "Blogtalk" downplayed the wildly inaccurate story prominent right-wing blogs were pushing about how the Obama campaign was somehow behind websites spreading misinformation about Sarah Palin.
On Monday, "Blogtalk," returned to focus on the breaking news about Palin's daughter, which lit up both ends of the Internet spectrum. But instead of taking the temperature of the whole blogosphere, "Blogtalk" focused exclusively on the spin right-wing bloggers were putting out. (i.e. They were virtually unanimous that the news would not hurt the McCain/Palin ticket.)
Here's a dissection of the "Blogtalk" analysis:
No of right-wing blog/bloggers mentioned : 10
No. of liberal blogs/bloggers quoted: 8
No. of liberal blogs/bloggers mentioned: 0
No. of liberal blog/bloggers quoted: 0
Coming off a week of nearly endless, speculative reporting from the Democratic convention where journalists wondered out loud about the unity of Democrats, whether Hillary Clinton would endorse Barack Obama, whether Bill Clinton would get over his anger, and whether the Clinton's secretly wanted Obama to lose in November, it will be interesting to see tonight if the TV pundits engage in any speculation about whether it was really necessary for Bush to cancel his primetime speech at the convention in order to monitor at Cat 2 storm miss New Orleans.
And will any of the pundits ask why GOP organizers don't simply re-shuffle their convention schedule in order to make sure Bush gets a primetime speaking slot?
Or does the press not speculate about Republican motives?