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  •  what would happen? (4.00)
    if the media, all of them told the white house (whoever is in it) they would no longer cover scripted events, i.e. carefully controlled hand selected crowds where the president would give  a prepared speech

    that they would only cover the president, and the challenger, when the the candidate would stick around for 10 mins of Q and A with the press

    what would happen?

    •  Hooray (4.00)
      This is what the public should require of the press. The press' problem during this admin. was their real fear that they'd be completely shut out if they weren't kind or were "offensive" to the president.  The press has allowed the administration to run a propaganda machine.  It's a big deal..... they owe the public an enormous mea culpa!
      •  THIS IS IT (4.00)
        this is what we do after a couple of days of K/E victory celebration

        we take on the media

        •  Boo hoo, we wouldn't have any stories to write (none)
          Well this is not precisely an answer to the question of what would happen if all the media refused to cover pseudo-news events...

          But in March this year I heard Arthur Sulzburger, NY Times publisher, answer a question at an event about why the media was still using anonymous sources even after the Jayson Blair debacle (I've never thought the Blair situation is on point for that issue, but that's another matter.) Judy Miller's articles on the lead up to Iraq were another example.

          Sulzburger said that major print media had "tried" to ban anonymous sources and it had lasted all of one month because (this my memory of his gist, not a quote) they couldn't get any stories.

          So they went back to being a conduit for whatever spin or trail balloon political hacks wanted to send out.

          </vomiting>

          Vice harms the doer ~ Socrates

          by kdub on Wed Oct 27, 2004 at 04:10:56 PM PDT

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        •  absolutely (none)
          n/t

          Have you made phone calls today at www.calls.johnkerry.com? GOTV

          by marysk on Wed Oct 27, 2004 at 10:35:46 PM PDT

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    •  Yes (none)
      You'd think that the media would be thrilled to finally be able to ask real questions again. Are they all so damn lazy or do they just not care? You'd think that they would actually WANT access to the president. Remember all those press conferences Clinton used to have?
      •  Asking Real Questions (none)
        is hard work.
      •  Oh they'll ask real questions again (none)
        If Kerry is elected.  Just watch, suddenly the media will have an epiphany and begin giving us hard hitting coverage critical of the president--as their duty as America's 4th branch of government.  We'll see a renewed role of confrontation with the executive branch not seen since Clinton.  Suddenly everything the president does will be fair game, much like with Clinton; Filegate, Travelgate, Fartgate, Fluffergate, etc.  

        Look for a rekindled interest in attacking the first lady as well.  Nobody will fawn over THK like they did Laura.  

        Of course the right will still accuse the media of being left wingers.

        "You go to your TV to turn your brain off. You go to your computer to turn your brain on." - Steve Jobs

        by Subterranean on Wed Oct 27, 2004 at 02:15:09 PM PDT

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        •  Of course they will... (none)
          beacause Kerry doesn't have the contempt for journalists that the Bush folks do. He'll be more open, and, as a consequence, he'll get tougher questions because the press knows they are more likely to get an answer.

          I think that a combination of Clinton and Bush have really helped devastate the media's ability to produce better hard journalism. The Clinton White House was a gold mine for lazy journalists, full of leaks, access to staff, slam-dunk stories and a President who was quick on his feet. Then follow that up with Bush, who is often inarticulate, repeats the same line many times,is protected by his handlers, and obsessed with secrecy. That's one hell of a shift, and those who cut their teeth or made their name during the Clinton Era have often been the least able to cope with the new atmosphere. The network news folks, while having their own faults, are also more experienced and their acquired discipline shines the most when we see the cable pundit-types struggling to fill air time with relevant material.

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