November 06, 2003

Washing their hands of "unsavory" news

    Had I not anticipated this result, I would not have made the effort. Still, it's further proof that the national print media have evolved into ideological rags on the Tass model.  Certainly the most incendiary political story to break yesterday was the revelation of the Jay Rockefeller memo outlining how to use the Senate Intelligence Committee for partisan political purposes, and Democratic Senator Zell Miller calling it treasonous.  So, how did the nation's largest newspapers cover the story?  Only the WaPost's coverage was found by following news links available on its website.  Searches were required to find coverage in the NYT, and LAT.
The Washington Post calls it a "partisan squabble" on page A-27 (Politicized Memo Incites Row )

The New York Times buried the story in its "Intelligence Report" (Republican and Democratic Panel Leaders Take Feud to the Senate Floor ) and seemed to focus on how patriotic Donks, finding themselves in the minority, had little choice.
"The majority has left the Senate minority with two choices." Senator Rockefeller said on the Senate floor. "Either abandon what we believe is a fundamental obligation of this body to the American people or reluctantly part ways and use our rights as a minority to get that job done on our own."
The LA TIMES (so far today) has nada on its website.  Yesterday's coverage (Democrats' Iraq Inquiry Plan Is Leaked ) called it "A simmering political struggle behind the Senate inquiry into prewar intelligence."   The TIMES coverage does make this concession; "The tone of the memo could be embarrassing to Democrats and provides new ammunition for Republican complaints that Democrats are seeking to use the inquiry for political gain."

The Atlanta Journal Constipation - ZIP.  You would think, given the fact of the state's Democrat Senator calling the memo "Treason's first cousin," that Georgia's largest paper would have something to say. It doesn't.
To add a final perspective, pretend that Republican Senator Olympia Snowe had called her party a pack of treasonous dogs. Are we talking special editions of these same newspapers? You betchum. Posted by pecksnif at November 6, 2003 08:33 AM | TrackBack

I stopped reading newspapers years ago due to their obvious bias (for the most part).

The major regional rag distributed free copies to my neighborhood this week. My copy is now at the bottom of the kitty tray. Its now serving a useful purpose.

Posted by: AnnoyedOne on November 6, 2003 08:51 AM

This is where the media bias gets to do its heavy lifting. Well, we'll see if the blogosphere can keep it alive then.

Posted by: BobD on November 6, 2003 01:27 PM

...and these omissions / suppressions surprise you why, exactly?

Posted by: Kim du Toit on November 6, 2003 08:35 PM

Oh, and Olympia Snowe would never call her party a "pack of treasonous dogs" -- because she's the unpatriotic bitch of the GOP.

Posted by: Kim du Toit on November 6, 2003 08:36 PM

Rather unsurprisingly, nothing on the Memo Leak in SFGate either, that I saw...

Posted by: Ironbear on November 7, 2003 04:15 AM

On the day the memo story broke, ABC radio reported their "scoop" about how the administration could have avoided war if they had followed this 11th hour offer from Saddam that they had discovered. Not one word about the memo but this network lets us know every half hour if a soldier is so much as scratched in Iraq. Their bias is sickening.

Posted by: Yosemite Sam on November 7, 2003 05:18 AM

Thanks for the additional info ...

Posted by: Rodger Schultz on November 7, 2003 07:38 PM
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