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Thursday, August 30, 2012 6:09 am

If I ran a cable-news network …

Filed under: Evil,Journalism — Lex @ 6:09 am
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… and an attendee at one of the two major parties’ presidential nominating conventions threw nuts at a black camerawoman who worked for me while saying, “This is how we feed animals,” I would make sure that every single one of my viewers got a look at the faces and names of the offenders. And if that party’s presidential candidate had been running a race-baiting campaign on top of that, I would personally write the script if necessary to make damn good and sure that my anchors and reporters were connecting the dots for people.

Perhaps that’s why I don’t run a cable-news network.


  1. Professional camera crew, professional reporter, a news story — no footage.

    Didn’t happen.

    Comment by bonfire — Saturday, September 1, 2012 1:27 am @ 1:27 am

  2. The RNC seemed convinced enough it had happened to have the offenders tossed and issue an apology. As for why the camerawoman didn’t get it on film, if she didn’t have her camera powered up, she might not have had time.

    Moreover, news organizations historically don’t like to make themselves part of a news story, even when they can’t help but be part of it. (I say “historically” — obviously, the Glenn Becks and Colberts differ, but they’re a new breed of cat.) So the absence of CNN coverage of this incident does not prove it didn’t happen. It leaves us with insufficient evidence to decide either way. the RNC’s behavior, although circumstantial, lends credence to the notion that it did, although “credence” and “iron-clad proof” certainly aren’t the same thing.

    Comment by Lex — Saturday, September 1, 2012 11:30 am @ 11:30 am

  3. Frequently expediency trumps justice.

    Trent Lott, for example, was forced to step down from majority leader based on false charges of racism. Expediency trumped demands for proof.

    This dynamic is especially true in the case of a highly visible convention in which the potential for “derailing the message” becomes more important than demands for proof and defense of the innocent.

    But as a conservative you are surely familiar with liberal’s abusive use of the press against conservatism.

    Comment by bonfire — Sunday, September 2, 2012 12:14 pm @ 12:14 pm

  4. Trent Lott was forced to step down because a C-SPAN camera caught him saying the country would have been a better place if Strom Thurmond had been elected president in 1948 on a segregationist Dixiecrat ticket. Being accurately accused of saying the country would have been better off if a segregationist had been elected president is in no way a “false charge of racism.” Sorry; you don’t get to rewrite history around here.

    As a longtime journalist, I’m familiar with many instances in which both sides have used the press against one another. I won’t hazard a guess as to which is more common simply because both are so common. In my experience, however, not all such uses (on either side) are abusive, not all are about equally weighty subjects and not all result in equivalent consequences for equivalent offenses.

    Comment by Lex Alexander — Sunday, September 2, 2012 12:22 pm @ 12:22 pm

  5. Attaboy’s for an outgoing Strom Thurman do not equate to racism except in the eyes of those racists who thrive on its accusation.

    Recognition of the fact that Democrats have the upper hand in narrative building unfortunately helps drive that false narrative of racism each time Republicans run from their own in the face of the charge of racism.

    That is not rewriting history. That is what happened and continues to occur.

    Comment by bonfire — Sunday, September 2, 2012 9:23 pm @ 9:23 pm

  6. Actually, for those if us who have lived around here the last 50+ years, it is exactly racism. I give Trent credit for being smart enough to praise Strom’s latter-day Senate service if that is in fact what he intended to do. Racism was the correct charge. And next you’re going to tell me there us no war on women. Sorry, son, but you’ve stumbled into the reality-based community, and if you’re going to rave like that I’m showing you the door.

    Comment by Lex — Sunday, September 2, 2012 9:28 pm @ 9:28 pm

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