Sponsored Content
« Principled Conservatives Defend Ward Churchill | Main | (Someone Else's) Report From Sundance »
February 04, 2005

Jordangate: Bigger Than Rathergate

And you know this, as Sherlock Holmes said, by the dog who didn't bark.

The media is embargoing this story, as noted by Captain's Quarters and Kausfiles. (More on Kausfiles' prescience later.)

I don't have Lexis/Nexis, but I do have Google. Let's compare the media's reaction to two different controversial recent remarks.

This search -- for "Dobson Spongebob," for Dobson's largely deliberately misquoted remarks about Spongebob Squarepants being gay -- turns up a fair number of MSM articles. CNN, The New York Times, MSNBC, BBC News -- all weigh in on how horrible it was for Dobson to not claim that Spongebob Squarepants was gay (although of course the party line is that's precisely what he said).

On the other hand, this search -- "Eason Jordan Davos target journalists" -- turns up nothing but blog references, at least for the first five pages. (I assume an MSM source would at least make it to the first five pages.)

Why the interest in the first story and the glaring disinterest in the second?

The simple truth is obvious. The media is an near-oligopoly of interlocked corporations, the same as auto manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, or cigarette makers. They claim their first priority is reporting the truth to the American people-- but then, car makers claim their first priority is delivering the best-made, most-affordable cars to the American people, too.

In fact, the first priorities of anyone in a corporate culture are 1) protect and advance your own career; 2) curry favor with those who can help with priority 1; 3) protect and advance the corporation generally, as that will advance priorities 1 and 2; and 4) protect and advance the industry generally, as you never know when you'll wind up working for another corporation within the industry, and doing so advances priorities 1, 2, and 3.

Just as in Rathergate, the media was far behind the curve in reporting on the egregiously-bad hoaxes perpertrated by CBSNews; the Boston Globe wen so far as to deliberately mischaracterize an expert's remarks (as were correctly reported by Bill from InDC). The media had a corporate and industry interest in avoiding the story, and, once avoiding it became impossible, defending it (and themselves, generally) from external critique and attack.

And so it goes. We are now on Day 7 after Eason Jordan "reported" that the American military had targeted and murdered 12 journalists in Iraq, and the MSM has not seen fit to report this story at all.

Either the story is true or it is not. If it is true, then where are the enormous, "flood-the-zone" resources that such a story would demand? Why are we not hearing about ace reporters being assigned to crack this outrage wide open?

And, if it's not true -- as of course it's not; after all, if it were true, why hasn't Eason Jordan's CNN already reported on it -- then the MSM must knock it down, and furthermore must castigate Eason Jordan in the sharpest terms possible for grossly violating journalistic standards in relaying unsubstantiated rumors as fact.

If this were a more trivial matter -- if a less-senior media type had merely trafficked in unsubstantiated allegations about, say, Brad & Jen's sex life -- they'd have little compunction about throwing the red flag.

But this is big. Eason Jordan is big. CNN is big. His allegations are huge.

The media is therefore trying to simply make the story go away by ignoring it.

A pattern that has become far too common.

As has been said of big corporations faced with possible bankrupcy-- Eason Jordan and CNN are too big to fail. Or to be allowed to fail, actually; they've already failed, of course. The public just can't be allowed to know this.

The Devil and Howard Kurtz: For a long time, Mickey Kaus has questioned the independence of Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz. He's noted, repeatedly, that as Kurtz is also on the payroll of CNN -- hosting its "Reliable Sources" program -- he's not quite free to comment candidly on CNN's breaches.

And one of Howie Kurtz's biggest schticks, of course, is the old "conflict of interest." Kaus has noted, until it's put me to sleep, that Kurtz is in fact hopelessly conflicted as regards CNN.

I never much cared about this issue before, and I tended to just gloss over Kaus' umpteenth bitchfest about the situation. Too inside baseball, too ticky-tack.

Well, it turns out that Kaus was right all along, wasn't he?

As Kaus notes, Day 7 of Jordangate and still not one whisper of a mention from Howie Kurtz.

Bear in mind: This is precisely the sort of story that Howie Kurtz covers. In fact, this is one of the juicier media stories to come down the pike since, well, Rathergate. And yet-- not even a mention!

But have no fear! Howie Kurtz sends Jim Geraghty a brief reply to a query informing him "We are taking a look."

A long, long, long look, it seems like. Perhaps Kurtz will complete his look once Jordan steps down, or Kurtz ends his association with CNN.

Great Minds... Insta-Man has a similar take.

digg this
posted by Ace at 06:31 PM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
Lurking Cheshirecat: "back to content ..."

Cicero (@cicero43): "John Muir was the schnizz. ..."

Lurking Cheshirecat: "Missed. ..."

AlaBAMA: "Someone farted in the elevator. ..."

Bertram Cabot, Jr.: "The House passed the Debt bill. ..."

AZ deplorable moron: "Good evening CBD! Hope you have had an excellent ..."

Diogenes: "Too five. ..."

Nightwatch: "You all are beyond tazing the funny bone tonight.. ..."

Walter Freeman: "Mhmm. ..."

Cicero (@cicero43): "Wooo hooo! ..."

AlaBAMA: "Democracy is saved. Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) ..."

AZ deplorable moron: " Circus continues. Posted by: AlaBAMA at May 31, ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64