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December 13, 2012

Washington Post Blogger: Given How Crowder Has Attempted To Publicize His Beating, I Wouldn't Have Publicized His Beating

From @benk84's headline thread.

I was struck by this excuse for non-coverage. Note Wemple explains away the media's non-interest from 11am to 9pm based on a Hannity appearance occurring at 9pm.

Yet if folks are truly scandalized by the lack of generalized media outrage about Crowder’s treatment, they should take a second look at Crowder’s actions. Though he appears to have carried himself nobly while under attack, he’s gone buffoonish since then. He said on Twitter yesterday that this is “getting fun.” He challenged his assailant to a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight. And he has generally sounded as if he’s enjoying this boost to his career prospects, in a way that his Halloween-candy-exposes-the-fraud-of-income-redistribution stunt did not.

Given how Crowder has carried on, I, too, may well pass on the story of his beating, were I a network executive producer.

Yes, indeed. And this is rule which is applied without any political bias. For example, when Sandra Fluke engaged in a great deal of partisan political agitation with a strong component of self-promotion (hiring a PR firm, for example!), the media completely shut her out.

Yup. That's exactly what they did.

The media offered the same excuse for not covering Benghazi-- Oh, we wanted to cover Benghazi, and would have covered it, but then Mitt Romney tried to raise it as an issue for us to cover, so we couldn't of course cover it.

Liberal sort of logic here, eh? If a conservative wants a genuinely newsworthy story covered (as Wemple admits this is, before these defend-the-media paragraphs), then the liberal media is required to shut that conservative out. The story becomes non-coverable simply because an important actor in it -- a conservative -- wishes it to be covered.

And if that conservative attempts to get the media interested in the story, or shame them out of their embargo (and the media embargoed this from the moment it happened), that is... well, a reason to continue the embargo they had already decided upon.

Again, note that a liberal can be quite self-promotional, and even hire a promotional PR firm for the explicit purpose of promotion to the media, and the media doesn't consider that buffoonish, or attention-seeking, or cloying, or whatnot.

When Sandra Fluke does it, it's not cloying. It's just confirmation that she's a Superstar Hero with a Big Story To Tell.



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