On the media | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, October 29, 2009

On the media

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 9:32 AM

Arkansas writer Gene Lyons has a terrific piece in Salon on the mainstream media's knee-jerk defense of Fox. After the White House said it was a "fiction" that Fox News was a traditional news organization, columnists gasped in horror.

... neither the Times nor most "mainstream" pundits evaluated the claim on its merits. Most pretended not to grasp the White House's point, and then went straight to the aiding and abetting. Many invoked the ghost of Richard Nixon. Why, to criticize Fox, claimed the Washington Post's Ruth Marcus and Charles Krauthammer, was downright "Nixonian."

NPR's Ken Rudin recalled "what Nixon and Agnew did with their enemies list." So did CNN's Anderson Cooper. Rudin subsequently apologized for the "boneheaded" comparison; Cooper didn't.

Excuse me, but Nixon's enemies list was secret. Journalists and others got subjected to illegal FBI wiretaps, "black bag" break-ins and IRS audits. White House officials even discussed murdering columnist Jack Anderson.

 


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (10)

Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

More by Leslie Newell Peacock

  • HAM dinners: 'History is Served'

    Tickets are now on sale for the third dinner in the Historic Arkansas Museum’s “History is Served” series, set for 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. July 26.
    • Jun 14, 2018
  • Morsels: Restaurant and food event news

    B-Side gets a new name, Wildwood Feastival is Saturday, Ira's opening set for June 25.
    • Jun 14, 2018
  • Jamming on the Clinton Center lawn

    Food trucks, live music and beer are headed to the Clinton Presidential Center lawn for the East Village Street Jam on Saturday, June 16.
    • Jun 14, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation