Media not Worried about the Truth, only in Protecting their Own


In the aftermath of the Newsweek debacle one would think that the media would look inward to seal the leaks and make internal corrections so that such a mess would not happen to them. One would think from the apologies and retractions from Newsweek that all the media would be on board and be interested in reporting the truth.

However, in true liberal mainstream media fashion they are only interesting in covering their own asses and protecting one of their own.

The Political Teen has the video

From the Drudge Report:


Mainline reporters moved into battle-mode today during a White House press briefing — as one of their own outlets continued to hemorrhage over a now retracted story!

Q With respect, who made you the editor of Newsweek? Do you think it’s appropriate for you, at that podium, speaking with the authority of the President of the United States, to tell an American magazine what they should print?

MR. McCLELLAN: I’m not telling them. I’m saying that we would encourage them to help —

Q You’re pressuring them.

MR. McCLELLAN: No, I’m saying that we would encourage them —

Q It’s not pressure?

MR. McCLELLAN: Look, this report caused serious damage to the image of the United States abroad. And Newsweek has said that they got it wrong. I think Newsweek recognizes the responsibility they have. We appreciate the step that they took by retracting the story. Now we would encourage them to move forward and do all that they can to help repair the damage that has been done by this report. And that’s all I’m saying. But, no, you’re absolutely right, it’s not my position to get into telling people what they can and cannot report….

Q Are you asking them to write a story about how great the American military is; is that what you’re saying here?

MR. McCLELLAN: Elisabeth, let me finish my sentence. Our military —

Q You’ve already said what you’re — I know what — how it ends.

MR. McCLELLAN: No, I’m coming to your question, and you’re not letting me have a chance to respond. But our military goes out of their way to handle the Koran with care and respect. There are policies and practices that are in place. This report was wrong. Newsweek, itself, stated that it was wrong. And so now I think it’s incumbent and — incumbent upon Newsweek to do their part to help repair the damage. And they can do that through ways that they see best, but one way that would be good would be to point out what the policies and practices are in that part of the world, because it’s in that region where this report has been exploited and used to cause lasting damage to the image of the United States of America. It has had serious consequences. And so that’s all I’m saying, is that we would encourage them to take steps to help repair the damage. And I think that they recognize the importance of doing that. That’s all I’m saying.

Q As far as the Newsweek article is concerned, first, how and where the story came from? And do you think somebody can investigate if it really happened at the base, and who told Newsweek? Because somebody wrote a story.

MR. McCLELLAN: I think Newsweek has talked about it. They took it —

So some how the story in the MSM’s eyes is about White House pressure on Newsweek to do the right thing and correct the serious wrong they did that cost people their lives. NOT THE FACT THAT A MEDIA OUTLET GOT A STORY SO WRONG AND CREATED SUCH A REACTION THAT VIOLENCE BROKE OUT AND PEOPLE WERE KILLED?

Is it any wonder why no one takes these people serious anymore, no one trusts what they write or say and that no one reads them as their circulation is down.

I wonder if the White House Press would have taken this same hostile, protectionism approach if it were Fox News that had gone with the Koran story? Some how I just doubt it.

Posted May 17, 2005 by
Media | 3 comments

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  • Comments

    3 Responses to “Media not Worried about the Truth, only in Protecting their Own”

    1. Tomahawk on May 17th, 2005 9:27 pm

      THey can try and protect eachother all they want…but as nobody buys their magazines or watches their shows, they will slowly be protecting a fiefdom that will cease to exist.

    2. Red on May 17th, 2005 10:14 pm

      Yup, they will only have each other. Scary.

    3. Tomahawk on May 17th, 2005 10:41 pm

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