October 03, 2004


Daily Kos is no longer listed by Google News as a satire site. Refusing to yield his satire crown, Kos has fired back with this searing joke:

If a network calls itself 'fair and balanced', it shouldn't have a blatant anti-Kerry reporter on the beat.

And if all newspapers or networks claiming to be impartial fired all their anti-Bush reporters, there’d be no newspapers or networks. Another lefty blogger, Joshua Mingus Marshall, belatedly reviews Rathergate:

I will spare you any pretense of mock surprise that CBS News is ridiculously biased against the Bush campaign. But it's one thing to know it and another to get such a blazing and undeniable example of it as a story with fabricated Bush-bashing.

I kid, I kid! He’s actually talking about Fox and the hideous scandal of Carl Cameron’s crap jokes appearing on Fox’s website. Which is obviously a much greater scandal than bogus anti-Bush memos running on a major television program hosted by a $7 million anchor. Joshua Margo Marshall’s strongest condemnation of Rathergate is essentially that the memos "shouldn’t have gone to air."

UPDATE. LGF has more on Joshua Biggest Story Of My Life Marshall.

UPDATE II. Oh, no! Carl Cameron is at it again. Call the police, Josh.

UPDATE III. Mere hours after CBS broadcast its bogus memos piece, wrote conspiracy-minded Left Coaster, "an anonymous blogger known as Buckhead posted at freerepublic.com that the documents were forgeries and said 'this should be pursued aggressively'. And so it was. And the right-wing pack of hounds was off baying for Dan Rather's blood."

Scary. Democracy under threat. Reporters questioned. Clearly an inside job, etc. We look forward, then, to Left Coaster explaining how the Washington Post received a letter praising John Kerry’s debate performance -- four hours before the debate was held.

Posted by Tim Blair at October 3, 2004 03:42 AM

If we needed any further proof that our media has a slightly anti-Bush slant get this:

Dan Rather and 60 minutes used false documents as evidence against Bush and were found wanting. I am not sure about the rest of you but I have yet to read one line about this scandal in any of the electronic media yet. Is anyone going to report this in Oz?

Fox news puts some bogus quotes on its website - within a day it on www.news.com.au

Go figure. At least Fox retracted and apologised as soon as it was outed.

Posted by: Rob at October 3, 2004 at 03:50 AM

How does Marshall have time to write about this? Doesn't he realize there are still billions and billions of HUGE, massive, ginormous, vastvastvast stories waiting for him to break? I mean stories so big not even Carl Sagan could conceive of their size. Though that's mostly because he's dead.

PS: Vast

Posted by: fad at October 3, 2004 at 04:45 AM

"And the right-wing pack of hounds was off baying for Dan Rather's blood."

This is simply false, everyone knows Dan Rather is a bloodless fuck. Why do you think it is that we have never seen Rather in the presence of a mirror or a cross? And why we only see he at night, hmmmmm? Think about it, yeah.

Posted by: Harry in Atlanta at October 3, 2004 at 06:02 AM

Cameron's "quotes" were so lame I thought they really did come from Kerry. You know: fake but accurate!

Why doesn't John kerry address the content of those fake quotes, hmmm?

Posted by: timks at October 3, 2004 at 07:55 AM

SBS reported on the fake memo 2 weeks ago.That's all the electronic coverage I saw.As well as 2 opinion pieces,SMH and OZ.

Posted by: gubbaboy at October 3, 2004 at 08:52 AM

So, that evil SBS and the incredibly left wing SMH covered it.

Hmmm, this seems to indicate that this bias business is not as cut and dry as it first appeared...

Posted by: Andy at October 3, 2004 at 12:04 PM

You're calling an op-ed piece "coverage"? Umm.

Posted by: PW at October 3, 2004 at 12:38 PM

well, compared to the other sources, which had none, yes, it is 'coverage' or sorts

Posted by: Andy at October 3, 2004 at 02:31 PM

Sending anti-Kerry reporters to cover the debate? Shocking! My lovely bride watched ABC's post debate coverage. First came Fareed Zakaria raving about Kerry. I then asked, "Who did they have to balance him out on the right, George Stephanopoulos?" She said "How did you know?"

Posted by: chris at October 3, 2004 at 03:32 PM

Greetings, Bill, from your old fellow-disinvited DNC blogger.

Your reader, timks, stated that he thought those Cameron 'sillies' were real Kerry quotes. I can't imagine why anyone would have wondered. Cameron's job with FOX is not "satirist". He's a news reporter. This FOX blunder (I take them at their word it was a blunder) reveals that they trusted Cameron to do his job as a disinterested reporter, and he failed them. They posted Cameron's story, and it revealed him for the biased man under the professional's guise. If people choose to continue to tust Cameron as a disinterested and fair reporter, they do so at their own intellectual risk. Sometimes our heart wants so badly to believe, that even in the face of blunt reality, we deny that which our common sense would noramlly instruct and guide us.

Why blur this horrific error of judgement with Rathergate? Two wrongs will never make a right.
Come on, we all learned that in Kindergarten.

Posted by: Iddybud at October 4, 2004 at 12:17 AM

"Two wrongs will never make a right"

But three rights make a left.

(And if every reporter who showed bias was given a professional death sentence the first time their bias appeared in a report, every news broadcast would be dead air.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 4, 2004 at 08:10 AM