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10/09/2004

 

Halperin's Memo


Drudge has the skinny on the internal memo drafted by Mark Halperin directing ABC News reporters to be tougher on President Bush because Kerry's lies "are not central to his efforts to win." (Jonathan Rothenberg transcribes the memo at Blogs for Bush.)

In part:
It's up to Kerry to defend himself, of course. But as one of the few news organizations with the skill and strength to help voters evaluate what the candidates are saying to serve the public interest. Now is the time for all of us to step up and do that right.
To help voters evaluate, Halperin adds, but they don't have to "hold both sides 'equally' accountable when the facts [in their opinion] don't warrant that." He accuses the Bush campaign of attempting to "win the election by destroying Senator Kerry at least partly through distortions."

What we see is not a news organization which sets as its goal the simple reporting of the facts; rather, there is an intent to skew the facts to compensate for weaknesses in the Kerry campaign and for the invented wrongs of the Bush campaign.

Now, my criticism of Halperin does not require a rejection of his assertion that the Bush campaign is doing this, that, or the other. These might be happening to one extent or another. Rather, I am condemning Halperin for deeming himself and his news organization the sole entity "with the skill and strength" to determine this. They should not be making these judgments if they lead to a bias in their reportage.

As to Halperin's intellect, I cannot comment. I can say, however, that he is showing himself to be severely shallow in that department. Kerry's campaign is based on "Bush lied." Bush's campaign is based on "We have to win the war on terrorism." Kerry's campaign is premised on an attempt to slander, and it makes me shudder to think that a man who would entrust himself with decision-making for the voting public would fail to grasp that.

3 comments

3 Comments:

I find Halperin's unthinking arrogance and condescation considerably more sinister than "shallow". Once more, the "fashionable, cool kids" are going to decide what's best for us sweaty, inbred masses. How can any rational society give this kind of self-absorbed, casually unethical hubris status or credibility?

By Blogger David L, at October 9, 2004 at 1:59 PM  

Ah, the egos of the cognitive elite! Us sheeple can't judge for ourselves, so ABC must judge for us.

Kerry's campaign actually has expanded over the last month. It used to be "I'm not Bush. Vote John Kerry for another Vietnam!" Now it's up to "I'm not Bush. I have many plans! See my magic wand? Now vote John Kerry for another Vietnam!"

I guess that some on the left call that progress.

By Blogger Tully, at October 9, 2004 at 2:10 PM  

They are the "cognitive elite" only because that is how they fashion themselves and they are the ones holding the megaphone.

They speak to confusion for a lot of people, most especially themselves.

We can make popcorn so we've got a snack when watching it all fall apart.

By Blogger Mark Kilmer, at October 9, 2004 at 10:41 PM  

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