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  •  If someone tells the truth (3+ / 0-)

    and you report instead that they told a lie, then their telling the truth is news.  Ironically, CNN failing to tell the whole story here to malign someone unfairly, and then when it is revealed that they only told half the story and conveniently left out the part that clarifies the matter and they carp about how telling the truth isn't news, which in this case refers to them telling the truth about their own "news" story, well, that's news too.

    And it exposes CNN as no better than Fox, who also claim that they have no responsibility to report the truth.  It exposes them both as nothing more than infotainment channels that care more about their bottom line than about keeping the American people informed.

    Contrast this with MSNBC and specifically, TRMS.  Rachel Maddow has made statements on her show that were later found to be factually incorrect.  So what does she do when this happens?  She does what any responsible journalist would do, she corrects the record.

    If she had reported that a Republican had claimed to have served in Vietnam when he in fact did not, but found out later that in the same speech the same Republican clarified the record to say that he did not serve in Vietnam but during Vietnam, I could be wrong but I sincerely doubt that she would let her original reporting stand without correction and an apology for getting it wrong.  I've seen her issue corrections and apologies more than once.

    That's because Maddow is a real and credible journalist that actually cares about what is true and what is not, and she obviously cares deeply that we the people know what is true and what is not.

    CNN?  Not so much.

    Sanchez's comment is a microcosm of all that is wrong with the traditional media.  The role of media in a democracy is to keep people informed and a democracy cannot survive without the media performing that vital role.  Yet "the most trusted name in news" had utterly abdicated that responsibility.

    Is it any wonder our country is in such sad shape today?

    Arrrr, the laws of science be a harsh mistress. -Bender B. Rodriguez

    by democracy inaction on Sat May 22, 2010 at 06:07:30 AM PDT

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    •  Out of context (0+ / 0-)

      I just get the impression the quote may have been taken out of context and blown up into a huge, nitpicking issue unrelated to the intention of the words.  Reminds of Fox.  

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