Monday Crib Sheet: WaPo Regrets Koch Hit, Parade On Perry


– The Washington Post takes on the Koch brothers and with the help of new media the Koch’s win. Just ask their omsbudsman:

In the days immediately after Bloomberg published its story but before The Post republished it, Koch swung its PR machine into action and put up a point-by-point rebuttal on The Powerline blog, written by lawyers who defend conservative causes and who have ties to the Kochs, did a deep-dive legal rebuttal of the story. Jennifer Rubin, The Post’s conservative opinion blogger, did a post that quoted Koch General Counsel Mark Holden extensively.

So did The Atlantic’s opinion blogger on business and politics, Daniel Indiviglio, who noted the major fines and settlements that General Electric has paid in recent years. ProPublica, the nonpartisan investigative journalism outfit, also weighed in, evaluating the Bloomberg story with more context.

Indeed, Lois Beckett of ProPublica made the point (in the comments section) that “Putting Koch’s entire legal and environmental record in the context of what other, less politically contentious companies have done would be an important service to readers.”

And that’s what The Post should have done.

– Rick Perry may love a parade, but the magazine by that name doesn’t love him. Related: Media Tries to Make Rick Perry a Birther After Failed “Racist” Smear.

– Meanwhile, done with the hit on the Koch brothers and Mario Rubio, it’s on to Mitt for the next hit job. You’d think they haven’t woken up to the fact that new media has arrived, is watching and will invariably respond.

– Case in point, NewsBusters takes on the AP over an education story. What would Steve Jobs have said? Actually, he said much the same thing, the Left simply didn’t want to listen to him:

At the Associated Press today, National Writer Jesse Washington attempted to dissect the relative dearth of college degrees earned by African-Americans in “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Not that anything he reported was particularly wrong, but in my view he missed the largest contributor to the problem, one that apparently can’t be mentioned in polite press company. He used one word — “uneducated” — that started to get close but backed away. The five-word phrase he failed to mention, which could usefully carry the acronym “LUPUS”:Lousy, Unionized Public Urban Schools.

– It makes you wonder if these people are actually journalists, or activists. Heh! Nevermind. Score another one for new media:

A newly-discovered video-filmed by Occupy Wall Street supporters themselves-reveals that New York Times reporter Natasha Lennard is not merely covering the protests, but is also apparently taking part in planning and executing them.


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