Here’s some fighting words on bloggers’ US election coverage:
”One of the verdicts rendered by election night 2004 is that, given their lack of expertise, standards and, yes, humility, the chances of the bloggers replacing mainstream journalism are about as good as the parasite replacing the dog it fastens on.”
Hmmm, it’s the opinion of a hack who once worked for that paragon of truthful, accurate reporting, CBS. You know, CBS, the network that bases ultra-damaging political claims on documents produced in 1972. Documents produced with Microsoft Word, fer gawdzakes.
His name is Eric Engberg and his journalistic bias prompted Bernard Goldberg’s stunning expose, ”Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News.”
Noel Shepherd paints the picture:
To refresh everybody’s memory, in February of 1996, Mr. Engberg was interviewing Steve Forbes on a CBS Evening News segment called, ”Reality Check.” Mr. Forbes at the time was running for president, and advocating a flat tax. In an apparent effort to discredit Mr. Forbes, Mr. Engberg used extraordinarily inflammatory words like ”wacky,” ”scheme,” and ”elixir” to describe the candidate’s fiscal plan. Additionally, Mr. Engberg had cut-ins of three different liberal economists’ opinions of this tax proposal without the balance of a conservative viewpoint while– apparently counter to the edicts of his bosses–never identifying their political leanings.