Too Late, Too Little, Too Bad

Our Failed Political Press

Over at PressRun, Eric Boehlert caught a quote from Marty Baron, the retiring Editor of the WaPo in an interview with Der Spiegal on his failing to call a lie a lie:

We had to be much more forthright about Trump’s mendacity, his lies over the course of the administration. We needed to call them that from the very beginning. We were very much operating on good principle; and let’s be fair, he was president, he was duly elected. But he was exploiting that. He was exploiting our principles. That said, I don’t think it would have made any great difference.

It’s a CNN Jeff Zucker-level betrayal of journalism, and thanks for the course-correction now that it is meaningless. The Prime Directive (hi Star Trek!) for journalism is to bring the unvarnished truth to the readers and the WaPo failed spectacularly. I don’t expect the NYTimes to be this forthcoming.

The PressRun post is terrific, please go there and read it. And if you can, subscribe.

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4 Responses to Too Late, Too Little, Too Bad

  1. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    Good principle, my ass!

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  2. They will, of course, now over-correct wildly by treating any sort of error or mis-statement by President Biden as “an unconscionable lie to the American People”

    I remember the “Lie of the year” bullshit they laid on Obama for “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”*.

    Trump usually uttered worse lies every day before breakfast and they were never called out as a lie.

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    • R White says:

      The worthless beltway media as to be expected, is already ignoring the steady and accomplished hand of handsome joe as he toils nights and weekends with a 60% approval rating to undue the legislative fucktardery of fat nixon. Instead they all think that somehow interviewing lady g before he goes about his usual tasks of raping young undocumented latino boys, his political acumen of promoting another incompetent neophyte trumpkin like laura, when he isn’t shilling for Ivanka to take lil’ marco’s seat, is profound. FFS

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  3. robginchicago says:

    Thanks, TG for the referral to Press Run. The first time I read Eric Boehlert’s posting, I signed up immediately. His post, like MPS, is an every day MUST READ!.

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