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  •  Would you rather (0+ / 0-)

    they waved pompoms and shouted cheers?  That's not their job...

    No politician ever lost an election by underestimating the intelligence of the American public. PT Barnum, paraphrased...

    by jarhead5536 on Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 12:54:04 PM PST

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      But I'd appreciate it if the reporters would act with dignity, intellignce, and forethought.

      I watched the first presser and rolled my eyes early and often.

      The best example I can express here...

      Obama was resworn yesterday evening.

      The media in today's briefing went nuts accusing the administration for not being transparent because the White House didn't invite the entire herd into the re-ceromony.

      There were limited press observers and a pool report with pool photographers.

      It's not a matter of transparency; it was a matter of expediency... cramming an unplanned detail into a busy first day at the White House.
      For the press to charge the move (not orchestrating a huge event) was a lack of transparency displays a childish lack of understanding of how business is done.

      In the arrangement between the administration and the press, I would hope the press realize they've got a long way to go before their level of competency and professionalism matches that of the administration.

      What is this I hear of sorrow and weariness, Anger, discontent and drooping hopes... Life is too strong for you-- It takes life to love Life

      by Nebraska68847Dem on Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 01:07:28 PM PST

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      •  You are correct in this example. (0+ / 0-)

        That was gotcha in the flesh.  I had to keep reminding myself that these guys work for mostly conservative newspapers (as they almost all are), and they have editorial boards back home demanding that they try to catch this Administration screwing up...

        No politician ever lost an election by underestimating the intelligence of the American public. PT Barnum, paraphrased...

        by jarhead5536 on Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 01:10:18 PM PST

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        •  I don't know (1+ / 0-)
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          I see reporters for both slants asking inane questions. One of my primary gripes is that an interviewer will not listen to the interviewee and then do an appropriate follow-up question:

          Reporter: "Were clouds part of the incident?"
          Interviewee: "The weather was clear and cloudless."

          Reporter: "Might snow falling added to a lack of clear vision?"
          Interviewee: "It was clear and cloudless but reports of flying pigs and monkeys were cited by every witness"

          Reporter: "Then, will you have more snow plows available next time an airplane lands in the Hudson?"
          Interviewee: "Of course" (rolling eyes).

          Reporter on 5 o'clock news later: "Mayor admits there weren't enough snowplows on Hudson possibly adding to stricken airliner's fate".

          What is this I hear of sorrow and weariness, Anger, discontent and drooping hopes... Life is too strong for you-- It takes life to love Life

          by Nebraska68847Dem on Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 02:45:28 PM PST

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        •  Why we need fair station ownership (0+ / 0-)

          Fairness doctrine has sadly become taboo, but I still think we need basically the same thing except with more provisions for LOCAL station ownership and less corporate right wing influence. The media has no place pushing their right wing agenda on the American people.

          I'm a progressive, and a realist - only be embracing the sometimes unfortunate aspects of reality can we make maximum progress!

          by The Progressive Majority on Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 05:05:07 PM PST

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