We've noted before that The Drudge Report had a difficult campaign season since its influence on unfolding events pretty much evaporated. Plus, there was the rather embarrassing fact that the liberal upstart, The Huffington Post, managed to double Drudge's daily traffic down the stretch.
Could that be why Drudge so badly manhandled this headline? "PAPER: BAILOUT FOR HUFFINGTON; QUEEN OF BLOG GETS $15M LIFELINE..."
Sounds bad, right? HuffPo needs a "bailout" and the new cash represents a "lifeline." Oh my. Turns out the article simply details new backers who are investing in HuffPo to help it expand.
WaPo ombudsman Deborah Howell does readers a service this week when she highlights great journalism from the previous year, as she meditates on "what makes a good reporter." Answer? "Endless curiosity and a deep need to know what is happening. Then, the ability to hear a small clue and follow it."
We have to say that it was telling that in her column, which singled out nearly a dozen journalists for good reporting on a wide array of topics, Howell doesn't site a single example from the just-complete campaign season.
Can't say we blame her.
Media bias was more intense in the 2008 election than in any other national campaign in recent history, Time magazine's Mark Halperin said Friday at the Politico/USC conference on the 2008 election.
"It's the most disgusting failure of people in our business since the Iraq war," Halperin said at a panel of media analysts. "It was extreme bias, extreme pro-Obama coverage."
Honestly, only a Betlway media insider who thinks campaigns are the country's most important endeavor would even think of comparing alleged media bias in an election season with journalism malpractice that led our country to war; a war that, arguably, is helping to bankrupt the nation. Yeah, those two events are about the same.
But any way, Halperin's up in arms. Why he remained mostly silent on this issue during the campaign, and while he ran a campaign news site (The Page), we're not sure.
See Bob Cesca's "Hackery Hall of Fame Inductee" for more.
In an article about Obama's governing style, the Times addresses Clinton as SoS and reports [emphasis added]:
During the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton went out of their way to point out their foreign policy differences, with Mrs. Clinton portraying herself as a hawkish Democrat and defending her decision to vote in favor of the 2002 resolution that Mr. Bush later considered an authorization to use military force against Saddam Hussein. (Later, she said she fully expected Mr. Bush to use diplomacy first - and was shocked that he did not.)
NPR from March, 2008:
Clinton has said many times since that she regrets her vote and that she would vote differently knowing what she knows now, but she has never apologized for position in 2002 (although other Democrats have).
Blogger and syndicated columnist David Sirota was among the first to notice the immediate post-election media chatter about how America, despite its very blue Election Day, remained a "center-right" country.
Now he's tracked the flood of mentions and shows how the term was virtually ignored by the press prior to Nov. 4. Then, literally within hours of the Democrat's White House victory, the "center-right" faucet was turned on.
This reminds us of when Beltway sleuth Woodward waiting like two years before he announced to the world that he'd been sitting on a Libby Scooter scoop. Thanks for that Bob.
Now, we hear (thanks to Drudge hype) that Village elder Woodward apparently had nasty things to say about Hillary Clinton as SoS while taping one of the weekend talk shows. Y'know, after word leaked that it was a done deal.
Writes Josh Orton at MyDD under our favorite headline of the week, "Woodward: Concern Troll":
Look, the Clintons are certainly big players in the Democratic party - not really surprising given that Hillary's a Senator and that Bill is, you know, a former President.
And a huge amount of the Clinton's public image is a media creation, fabricated disproportionately from a crowd of celebrity journalists that have lived and breathed DC for decades.
Do I think the Clinton's are perfect? No politician is. But I do think Hillary Clinton will make an excellent Secretary of State. I also have complete confidence that the man we elected President doesn't share the Village's view of an administration as a huge, real-life game of Risk.
Writing at The Daily Beast, Daphne Merkin noted:
But here's something to give pause: The special election issue of The New Yorker has five male writers commenting on its implications; there is only one woman featured in the issue (although she has two pieces, as if in compensation). Similarly, the November issues of Harper's and The Atlantic are top-heavy with male writers, notwithstanding the fact that The Atlantic cover touts a story headlined "Should Women Rule the World?" which turns out to be a rather cutesy review of a book by DeeDee Myers with that title, not a serious consideration of the question at all.
NYT business writer Floyd Norris blames Obama for the current economic crisis. Or we should say, he suggests Obama isn't doing enough to fix it, or isn't doing enough to create the impression a fix is on the way, even though, of course, Obama is not yet president. Writes Norris:
By resigning from the Senate before the current session began and allowing it to appear that a sense of drift could prevail until he is inaugurated, Mr. Obama may have missed an opportunity to exert leadership.
This just doesn't make any sense. By remaining one of 100 senators (and not dedicating all his team and energy to creating a new administration) Obama could have sent a strong message that he was in charge? Did we mention that makes no sense? And do we even have to note that if Obama didn't resign from the Senate that the press would likely be harshly criticizing him for creating "a sense of drift" by not focusing on his next administration?
Actually, our favorite part of the segment was when it became clear O'Reilly didn't even know what a re-instated Fairness Doctrine would mean. (He thinks it would apply to cable television.)