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Saturday, June 05, 2004

Does Amy Goodman understand objective journalism?

Odd thing: on Al Franken's radio show, Goodman was plugging her book The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them, and discussing the Iraqi WMD and other failures.

I didn't hear the whole thing; but at one point, Franken's sidekick Katherine Lanpher asked Goodman (something to the effect) whether part of the WMD failure wasn't due to journalistic conventions, rather than deliberate lying. I got the distinct impression that Goodman - in whose wheelhouse the question should have been - did not get the point.

Then Al started to mention a piece by Paul Krugman, saying (he said) that, if the GOP came out with a statement that the earth was flat, the headlines would be New controversy over shape of planet. And then cut himself short, and took a call.



Umpteen pieces here on the lunacy that is objective journalism. A definition and a Vietnam war example (May 22), for instance.

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