The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Judy Dean's off-the-record marathon - we get to hear about it when?
When folks wonder why users don't trust the media , they might think of the case of the laconic (where politics is concerned) Judith Dean (aka Judy Dean, aka Dr Judith Steinberg).
Mrs Dean, who, notoriously, spouses it grudgingly for her other half, was whisked into the Hawkeye State for a crassly mock-presidential appearance with Howard at the exit of a plane (not the one she flew in on) and the briefest of so that's what she sounds like spots at a couple of rallies.
So far, so good. For the problem, we must turn to an unlikely guardian of journalistic integrity, the New York Sun. Their guy, Josh Gerstein, (January 20) reports near civil war between the boys on the bus on the question whether Judy Dean should give what amounted to a 90 minute, off-the-record, press briefing as they travelled between Davenport and Cedar Rapids.
The reason the Dean hacks gave for no quotes was that she was
a private person
Most of the journos were just so gosh-darn pleased to get some face time with the elusive doc that they made no objection.
Some of the journos , however, thought she was the story du jour, and she should give them on-the-record goodness. One of them, Glen Johnson of the Boston Globe, refused to budge from the bus. So everyone else got out of that bus and into another one, and did the top secret chin-wag there.
Now, it seems pretty clear that, had there been no objection, we suckers would have been none the wiser about La Dean's cosy chat.
And, as it is, the Poor Man's Nexis for "off the record" "judy dean" shows only the NY Times piece linked above - the link on Google is a dud! - and the IHT reprint.
If this is right (big if!), by the rest of the US media, the Dean bus incident never happened!
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