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    fabucat

    ... abdicated.

    Yes, they failed, too, but it was much worse, practically propaganda. They essentially carried what officials said, adding very little context or analysis. Where there was a contrary view - and there were at the time contrary views of the facts and conclusions - it was buried several paragraphs below the lead in print stories and no where to be found in the 30-45 second news flashes on TV.

    This continues to happen. We see it in political reporting. Dissent based on any kind of story-challenging complication or detail is just that - a detail. Challenging one side sounds to reporters ("reporters" as distinct from journalists) and their sources as carping and denial, maybe even dissent!, not helpful analysis that advances understanding.

    When the MSM reports, they appear to be covering the news. When MSNBC reports, it's regarded as opinion, not news. Yet what a newspaper or TV news covers is selection writ large - selection in the stories to be covered in the first place, selection of what part of the story to cover, who to get quotes from, how brief to keep the piece, etc.

    2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 10:35:20 AM PDT

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