Glenn Greenwald makes an important point in the wake of the legendary newsman's death:
Cronkite's best moment was when he did exactly that which the modern journalist today insists they must not ever do -- directly contradict claims from government and military officials and suggest that such claims should not be believed. These days, our leading media outlets won't even use words that are disapproved of by the Government.
And check out this prophetic, 1996 Cronkite quote:
What do I regret? Well, I regret that in our attempt to establish some standards, we didn't make them stick. We couldn't find a way to pass them on to another generation.
From The Fox Nation, accessed on July 20:
h/t to Antman11 at Daily Kos.
From The Washington Post:
Sunday, July 19, 2009
The caption to a photograph on the July 18 Free for All page said that President Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy were getting in place to be photographed, with a woman to the left. It should have made clear that, according to videotapes of the event, Mr. Obama was not looking at the woman, as a letter writer said that it appeared.
A few weeks ago, NBC's David Gregory was outraged at the possibility that President Obama knew The Huffington Post's Nico Pitney would ask a question about Iran during a presidential press conference. During the June 28 broadcast of Meet the Press, Gregory repeatedly questioned Obama advisor David Axelrod about the matter:
MR. GREGORY: I just want to be clear. Did the White House coordinate with a reporter about a question to be asked at a press conference?
MR. GREGORY: So you talked to a reporter beforehand and said, "Could you ask a question about--from--directly from Iran at a press conference?"
MR. GREGORY: Well, why is it appropriate to coordinate with a reporter about what's asked at a time when we're championing democracy around the world?
MR. GREGORY: Is that, is that what you should do at a press conference?
MR. GREGORY: But you coordinated with him about, about that subject of a question beforehand.
MR. GREGORY: If President Bush had done that, don't you think Democrats would have said that's outrageous?
MR. GREGORY: Right. So you would, so you'd do it again?
As I noted at the time, Gregory's obsession was more than a little silly, given that television shows like his regularly negotiate topics with guests in advance. But I underestimated Gregory's hypocrisy.
Here's an email Gregory sent to an aide to South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, in an effort to book Sanford on Meet the Press:
Hey Joel ...
Left you a message. Wanted you to hear directly from me that I want to have the Gov on Sunday on Meet The Press. I think it's exactly the right forum to answer the questions about his trip as well as giving him a platform to discuss the economy/stimulus and the future of the party. You know he will get a fair shake from me and coming on MTP puts all of this to rest.
Let's talk when you can.
That was on June 24 -- just four days before Gregory grilled Axelrod about coordinating the subject of questions with reporters.
Gregory later followed up with another email:
[C]oming on Meet The Press allows you to frame the conversation how you really want to...and then move on. You can see (sic) you have done your interview and then move on. Consider it.
So, Gregory was not only coordinating with Sanford's staff about what topics Gregory would ask Sanford about, should the South Carolina Governor agree to appear on Meet the Press -- he was telling the aide he would allow Sanford to "frame the conversation how you really want to."
And then, just a few days later, Gregory took to the air to denounce the White House and Nico Pitney for coordinating about the subject of a question. Incredible.
From the July 18 Associated Press article by Charles Babington:
On the other side, a coalition of health insurance groups is readying TV ads opposing a public option for insurance. Other groups are airing ads suggesting that Obama would push the United States into a Canada-like system that would require long waits for important medical treatments.
The right-wing blogosphere continues to rally around its previously invisible concern for racial equality in American politics. And boy, it's stunning to watch unfold, especially in the wake of the Judge Sonia Sotomayor hearings, when the same right-wing blogosphere openly, and eagerly, trafficked in some of the worst kind of racial stereotyping.
But because a conservative African-American pro-business flak, Harry Alford, is running around calling Sen. Barbara Boxer an "obnoxious," "caustic" "racist," suddenly the GOP Noise Machine is deeply interested. Suddenly these people cannot sleep at night knowing racial animus exists. (They cheer when the "racist" tag is loosely thrown around.) Even right-wing talker, and professional Palin pal, John Ziegler is upset!
Behold the epic hypocrisy.
UPDATED: On Ziegler's radio show, Alford completely re-invented his hearing appearance before Boxer, claiming she suggested he was a "dumb little Negro," and an "ignorant little jigaboo."
She said no such thing. (Surprise!)
Yet it was Alford who first claimed Boxer was the one being "racial."