August 18, 2008

ABC's Mocking "Oh, Matt!!!" Post, Claiming Drudge Had Gotten His Story About Obama's VP Decision Wrong, is Vanished Down the Memory Hole
— Ace

Here's the big blank empty where the post had been.

On the front page, they duly note the NYT is reporting the selection has been made, but gone all are references to the Page's "sources" claiming Drudge was in error.

Why hide this? Why not just ad an update that the NYT is now reporting otherwise? Or make a note of their previous sources' claims?

Being spun by Obama's people isn't a moral failing. But it is a moral failing to then attempt to cover that up.

Hell, if the Page's "sources" are no longer willing to stand by their previous denials, then that is also newsworthy -- and should be reported. If they are still denying, that too is somewhat newsworthy (though less so, as it probably just means The Page's sources aren't as good as the NYT's or Drudge's).

Either way, I don't see what is gained by the Page pretending they never gave Drudge the Nelson "ha, ha" on this.

Well, I guess I do. The mainstream media is very insecure, and not at all happy about admitting that not only did Drudge get this right (which is bad enough) but that Drudge is now considered a far bigger news-platform by which to leak information than any MSM outlet.

Not really sure how dishonestly helps reverse this state of affairs, though.

Thanks to Brenn.

Related: Kaus on the media covering up for Edwards, when Edwards personally called them to not report the Rielle Hunter story out of respect for his cancer-stricken wife.

The story of the Edwards Coverup, which has only begun to trickle out, is certainly providing a useful civic education in how powerful pols actually go about attempting to influence the MSM. It's one of those situations where unsophisticated people probably think the candidate himself calls the top editor directly to baldly influence coverage, while more sophisticated people know there are institutional procedures in place to protect against that sort of crude personal lobbying. Meanwhile, the really sophisticated people know the candidate himself calls the top editor directly to baldly influence coverage.

The media wishes us to take their every word as verified and true, and yet when their own dealings and decisions are questioned, it's nothing but defensive dishonesty.

Why would the public believe the media about Barack Obama or John McCain when they can't even report accurately or honestly about a subject they know firsthand-- themselves?

Posted by: Ace at 08:34 PM | Comments (45)
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1 Eh, I don't read Drudge anymore. I haven't since the Prince Harry incident. Much like I haven't purchased a NY Times since they decided to start leaking secrets of import to national security or the security of certain soldiers and those who serve with them. That said, I still hold Drudge in higher esteem than most of the MSM. And it looks like I was right in that estimation.

Posted by: Guy in Utah at August 18, 2008 08:40 PM (V3WTz)

2

The reason to hide failures, is exactly the reason you describe.

Unnamed Sources are no longer trustworthy, because NOW! after the left required an assault on unnamed sources, Unnamed sources are no longer willing to verify, because hey don't want to be chased into the stocks like others.

Posted by: wickedpinto at August 18, 2008 08:46 PM (ul7te)

3 And all along I just thought it was a bad link to The Page.

Does this mean it is definitely Biden, Bayh or Kaine?

Posted by: Rocks at August 18, 2008 08:53 PM (7rbe9)

4 Ace, the post is actually from Time magazine's The Page, not ABC. What's interesting is Halperin's history with Drudge. Halperin sent a memo around ABC News when he worked there saying not to hold Kerry and Bush equally accountable (guess which got more leniency). Drudge got a hold of the memo and published it.

Posted by: PolarBear at August 18, 2008 09:17 PM (qzcNU)

5 The MSM are fucktards. Evidence mounts. Well, frankly, you have to climb the mountain of evidence to see it mount, you can't see it from ground level.

Posted by: Merovign at August 18, 2008 09:23 PM (UXoQt)

6 If they'll lie then cover up a story this obvious what have they been doing in Iraq, Iran and Gaza?

Posted by: The Obvious at August 18, 2008 09:48 PM (1g+FW)

7 Since I can't figure out how to comment of the sidebar:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1046052/Amy-Winehouse-worst-V-Festival-gigs-nights.html

Next time you want to utterly disgust people post a shop of Hillary Clinton going down on Madeline Albright ?


Posted by: DoesNotMatter at August 19, 2008 02:10 AM (MY2E4)

8 No content hidden in HTML comments either.  Shit be gone man.  Really gone.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at August 19, 2008 02:50 AM (6L459)

9

My initial reaction to Biden being the Democratic Veep candidate is gales of laughter.    Especially so if Lieberman ends up being McCain's choice.

Lieberman would *completely* neutralize Biden. 

Plus a Lieberman/Biden debate without the usual Senate "The Gentleman from Delaware/Connecticut" stuff would be wicked-awesome.

As for the Evangelicals?  Speaking as a liturgical protestant, choir-singing, fill-in Sunday School teacher Person of Faith ... have faith! 

It's the Veep slot.

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Posted by: BumperStickerist at August 19, 2008 02:58 AM (NnAGL)

10

MEMO to John Edwards:

"out of respect for his cancer-stricken wife."

Uh, dude - perhaps next time you shouldn't be boinking some video producer skank you're paying a hundred grand to out of respect for your cancer-stricken wife.

Also, use a condom - save bundles on child support.

Posted by: Murph at August 19, 2008 03:43 AM (Dw2sU)

11 most disturbing...edwards calls media to hush them up about this, and they acquiesce; the president calls the times and asks them to keep the nation's counter-terrorism measures under wraps...no deal.

Posted by: matt foley at August 19, 2008 03:56 AM (HMGTw)

12

People, people, people.  The MSM doesn't bother with these things you call 'facts' anymore.  It's editorial 24/7.  It was their opinion that that Edwards humping some new age ding-a-ling while his wife was out on his campaign trail and fighting cancer just wasn't important.  The good news here is that Johnboy is hetero and likes to ride bareback.  There are more important things to report on.

Right now they are busy covering for Obama's atrocious performance answering questions that wern't screened ahead of time.  Jeez, doesn't that religous nut know that information on the world stage comes at the president in teaspoon size increments that can be analyzed and later spoken about (with a telepromter) at a later date.

You have to be reasonable people.

/sarc off

Posted by: TomJW at August 19, 2008 04:05 AM (xRCpL)

13

Ace, the post is actually from Time magazine's The Page, not ABC.

Ha, ha!

Posted by: Nelson at August 19, 2008 04:11 AM (jjNS6)

14

I'm glad you posted this.  It was really funny to read the comments yesterday.  So many of their readers were saying "ha! ha!  drudge is wrong again".  All I could think is for whatever his faults are, drudge seems to get it right a lot more than nyt or abc.

Posted by: IreneFingIrene at August 19, 2008 04:15 AM (ZTDVK)

15

Don't they all behave like little childish Andi Sullivans, if you know what I mean...

They are children, we all behaved the same when we were around 6 or 7. We get caught doing something bad and we would do the same thing, try to pretend we didn't do anything wrong.

But these are wonderful, marvelous people, of course, they know a lot of wonderful other marvelous people.

As I suspected, the stories the cover or don't depends on editiorial decisions being talked over in meetings.

So the opposite of the Edwards shit happens when it is a story they *want* to cover, like Larry Craig, Mark Foley, Trent Lott, Newt, Cheney's daughter...

Remember that bearded turd Blitzer asking a bitchy question to Cheney about his daughter, then laughingly trying to tell him that they all cared about her?

You think that question wasn't discussed at a meeting with many editors and producers and whatever else worthless smug prick?

At the end of they day, realistically, what they do matters not to anybody, they just move words around. They are certainly expendable, sort of like when NBC did a football game without announcers.

But if the government all of a sudden needed a media branch for propaganda, then they would certainly have Jobs for Life.

Hmmm.

Posted by: Rev Dr E Buzz Olbermananananaaann at August 19, 2008 04:18 AM (vFeQi)

16 Well now The Page says Biden is it.

You got to be kidding me. I think this is a head fake for sure.
Biden brings zip to the table, like 0.


Posted by: Rocks at August 19, 2008 05:31 AM (Q1lie)

17 OT - How do we go from British babes with size I boobs to Amy Winehouse's dead hand? that's just wrong....so wrong.

Posted by: Rocks at August 19, 2008 05:33 AM (Q1lie)

18 And they're not even embarrassed that a tabloid rag beat them to this story, repeatedly.

Posted by: trentk269 at August 19, 2008 06:08 AM (WUM14)

19 most disturbing...edwards calls media to hush them up about this, and they acquiesce; the president calls the times and asks them to keep the nation's counter-terrorism measures under wraps...no deal.

True Dat!

Posted by: Che Pizza at August 19, 2008 06:30 AM (SPSOE)

20 The implosion of the MSM continues, but how long is it going to take for them to disapear into a little black hole?  God bless Drudge and the rest of the new media for bringing to light the ministrations of these asshats. 

Posted by: ding at August 19, 2008 06:32 AM (/LC2y)

21
I'm glad you put this up, Ace, but it doesn't surprise me anymore.  The dinosaur
news media has been infected with an overarching bias for decades, it
is just more obvious now that alternative news sources are available.  It wasn't
just what and how they reported, it was also what they chose to report and what they chose to ignore.  Then along came "fake but accurate" and from there it
has been downhill fast.  At one time, the major news outlets at least pretended to
be unbiased but now they don't even bother.

Much of the dinosaur media is on a slippery slope to becoming nothing more
than rack stuffing.  They have no one to blame but themselves.

Posted by: prairiemain at August 19, 2008 07:42 AM (oPAYR)

22 Well, everyone remembers when VP Gore's son was busted for marijuana possession, and Gore asked the MSM to bury the story, right?

Oh, wait, not everyone remembers that - because the MSM buried the story.

Posted by: Steve Skubinna at August 19, 2008 08:47 PM (GIXnP)

23 Which is the untrained amateur wearing pajamas, and which is the confident, accurate new reporting service? I keep forgetting.

Posted by: exdem13 at August 20, 2008 12:10 PM (fenBi)

24 I'm just glad the public has gotten tired enough of this crap that it's no longer having the intended effect on elections.  Time magazine is putting out the 7th Obama cover in 1 year.  People are just expecting these sources to be parroting the DNC line.  Since Dems want to be seen as the underdog who is fighting the power, the absurd level of help they get from the media totally undermines their efforts.

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