From Pine View Farm


Serendipitiously, this builds on my previous post.

If you don’t pay attention, you might actually fall for the crap.

Jamison Foser on what passes for reportage these days. Read the whole thing (emphasis added):

Whenever reporters think — or want you to think — they’ve uncovered a presidential scandal, they waste little time in comparing it to previous controversies. Yesterday, CNN’s Rick Sanchez tried desperately to get the phrase “Blagogate” to stick — the latest in a long and overwhelmingly annoying post-Watergate pattern of ham-handed efforts to hype a scandal by appending the suffix “-gate” to the end of a word.

(Mucho snippage)

Perhaps the most striking aspect of the media’s attempts to link Obama to the Blagojevich scandal has been the volume of news reports that are purely speculative — and not only speculative, but vaguely speculative. That is, they don’t even consist of conjecture about specific potential wrong doing. They simply consist of completely baseless speculation that Obama might in some way become caught up in the investigation at some point in the future, for some reason. It’s little more than, “Maybe Obama will be involved.” Well, sure. And maybe he’ll play shortstop for the Washington Nationals next year.

More here. (Via Will Bunch.)

Via Atrios.



  1. Bill

    December 13, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    The US news media… If there isn’t enough news, they’ll make some up to fill the void.

  2. Frank

    December 14, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    That pretty much sums it up. Making something from nothing.

    Makes one remember Murrow, Cronkite, and Huntley and Brinkey with fondness.

    As I said in an email to Opie (who hasn’t fallen for this junk and tells me that, in Springfield, Ill, this stuff isn’t getting any traction), let Obama make his own mistakes.

    And he will. He’s human.

    But this isn’t one of them. Blagomumble’s cursing him out is proof enough of that.