The Airing of Grievances
Saturday, September 18, 2004
Conservative Bullying of the So-Called Liberal Media

Motivated by the “endless” coverage of "Rathergate" by certain conservative media outlets, Kevin Drum sets forth some interesting points concerning conservative “bullying and intimidation” of the so-called liberal media. Here’s a sample:

“I think it's worth pointing out that this is why the right wing is paying so much attention to Rather, just as they did to Jayson Blair and the BBC's Andrew Gilligan — but not to Judith Miller or Robert Novak. It's not about the fact that the mainstream media makes mistakes — of course they do — it's about keeping alive the persecution myth so central to American conservatism: that the liberal media is a corrupt and malign institution intent on crushing conservative dissent at every opportunity.

Sure, it's an absurd argument, but that doesn't mean it won't work. After all, yelling loudly enough got the heads of both the New York Times and the BBC fired last year, both of them for journalistic misdeeds that were actually fairly modest. Meanwhile, Judith Miller, who plied patent falsehoods from Ahmed Chalabi on the front page of the New York Times, and Robert Novak, who cheerfully outed a CIA agent in his syndicated column, continue to ply their trade unhindered."
Read the whole piece here.
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