Its really amazing how little the progressive mainstream media really understands. In yesterday's NY Times, media reporter Jeremy Peters issued a warning to young journalists in a front page article “Covering 2012, Youths on the Bus” The warning? There are partisan bloggers out there who are out to embarrass mainstream journalists. By partisan bloggers Peters means conservative bloggers, because to the NY Times a liberal bias is the definition of fair coverage.
The list of examples the NY Times
uses on the article as proof the conservative blog world's desire to "embarrass" MSM reporters actually prove why conservative blogging watchdogs are necessary. The recounting of the incidents used as support for their warning to young reporters are misleading and in some cases untruthful.
Helen Thomas, the trailblazing White House correspondent, saw her career come to an ignominious end last year after she made hostile comments about Israel to a rabbi who filmed the encounter and posted it on his personal Web site.
This is a story which I had a personal involvement with as I was the one who took the video and made it go viral. Rabbi Nesenoff came to me only after the mainstream media refused to even look at the video. Within hours of my posting the story and video on my site, The Lid, here on Big Journalism
and Breitbart TV
, and submitting the story to be linked by Instapundit, and Drudge, the Helen Thomas story was all over the mainstream media. The Thomas indecent was not big news because her comments were hostile to Israel, but because they were anti-Semitic.
Thomas' Antisemitism (which she continues to spew) needed to be revealed to show her readers that she had an obvious bias so they could put her writing in context. Personally, I do not believe that Thomas should have been fired, but I do believe her readers should have had the opportunity to understand where she was coming from.
Here too the issue is context. This woman who the gatekeeper of all CNN news from the Middle East. Her tweet was not revealed as an embarrassment, it was revealed because it explained some of the biased Middle East coverage presented by CNN. Octavia Nasr was not fired because of a tweet, she was fired because as a sympathizer of the terrorist group Hezbollah, she could not be counted on to be a fair gatekeeper.