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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Journalists Failing on Karl Rove Scandal

Posted by Bob Brigham

The problem with he said/she said journalism is that the truth isn't the average of Democrats and Republicans. This may come as a surprise to many of you, but sometimes politicians lie. No really, it happens.

It is a rare day when a reporter cares more about the truth than hiding in the safety of he said/she said. Today, in response to Karl Rove going out and lying to attack Democrats, Salon's Peter Dauo called bullshit:

I'm devoting much of today's report to Karl Rove's vile comments denigrating half of the American public. My office overlooks Ground Zero, and I'm looking at the gaping footprint as I write this. My wife and I were in New York that day, on our way to the WTC for a morning meeting. A chance phone call dragged on a few minutes too long and most likely saved our lives. I lost friends in the towers, and when I walk past the site, as I do almost every evening, the pain is as real as it was on September 11th, 2001.

I spent my youth in Beirut during the height of Lebanon's civil war, and I fought the Syrian presence in Lebanon long before the "Cedar Revolution." I watched young boys give their lives and mothers cradle their dying children in blood-soaked arms. I've seen more bloodshed, war, and violence, and shot more guns than most of the 101st Fighting Keyboardists combined. I wouldn't presume to question the strength or dignity of a stranger, and I pity those who blithely push the right=strong, left=weak rhetoric. It says far more about their inadequacies than it does about the target of their scorn. Today, Karl Rove took that rhetoric to a new, filthy low.

Indeed. Go sign the petition.

Posted at 08:16 PM in Scandals | Technorati