February 19, 2006

Quote of the Day

Chris Satullo, in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

"Face it, the only real value [White House press briefings] have is to provide fodder for Jon Stewart and The Daily Show. They have as much to do with real journalism as a Harlem Globetrotters game has to do with the NBA Finals.

And they are a trap. This absurd play-acting is all most Americans see of the practice of journalism. The setting is designed to make reporters look churlish and impotent. This bolsters the conservative view that reporters are impudent hacks, and the liberal delusion that if only reporters asked the really tough questions, W. would break down like a suspect on Law and Order, sobbing, "Yes, yes, I lied and people died!"

Satullo rightly points out that the right's gimmick these days is to always, no matter how badly they've screwed up, to change the subject to that of "liberal media bias." That's how Michael Medved can say with a straight face that the biggest news story of 2005 was "the media's bungled response to Hurricane Katrina." And yes, that is how they win.

Posted by Stephen Silver at February 19, 2006 11:28 PM

So sad...they ALL need to be replaced with people of our generation.

Posted by: A at February 19, 2006 11:50 PM
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