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otohara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 04:15 PM
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24. Here Ya Go....
John Tierney's media credibility plan

It all makes sense to us now.

The problems in Iraq? The insurgency that won't go away, the Iraqi civilians and security forces and the U.S. troops who just keep dying? There's an explanation for it all, and John Tierney, Bill Safire's replacement on the op-ed page of the New York Times, sets it all out for us today.

It's the media's fault.

While Tierney says that he understands that the press has "a duty to report suicide bombings in the Middle East," he suggests that it's time for the press to stop, you know, reporting on them. Reporting out the details only helps the terrorists' "media strategy," Teirney says, and it's time for the press to stop playing along. Rather than getting details about the names and faces of the people who suffered, Tierney asks, wouldn't we all just be better off if the media gave us a "box score" on each suicide attack listing the number of dead and the size of the explosion? "I suspect the public would welcome a respite from gore," Tierney says.

He's surely right about that part: The public -- the American public and the Iraqi public -- would surely welcome a respite from the reports about the "gore." But what they'd welcome more would be a respite from the gore itself. Tierney doesn't offer up any ideas on how U.S. or Iraqi forces could put an end to the suicide bombings in Iraq; instead, he suggests -- without really suggesting -- that the U.S military stop giving reporters information about suicide attacks. Failing that, he says, reporters should "reconsider" their interest in providing readers the details.

The Bush administration must be pleased as punch with Teirney's suggestion; no news is good news when the war is going badly, and a sterile listing of casualities is a hell of a lot easier to ignore than pictures of bleeding children and grieving families. As a public relations measure from the Pentagon's perspective, Tierney's ideas make perfectly good sense. But what are they thinking at the New York Times? We know that there's a separation between the news division and the op-ed page. But for a paper that seems so concerned about restoring credibility with readers, Tierney's column -- with its suggestion that the government supress the news and that the press do so if the government won't -- is still a strange way to start

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  -The Influence of Fools: Why Liberals are Mad at the MSM lady lib  May-10-05 02:01 PM   #0 
  - Great Article!  ihaveaquestion   May-10-05 02:05 PM   #1 
  - We're on the same wave length!  lady lib   May-10-05 02:07 PM   #2 
  - That is a great read.  Skinner   May-10-05 02:10 PM   #3 
  - You're welcome  lady lib   May-10-05 02:17 PM   #4 
  - Is the problem lazy journalism?  Dr Ron   May-10-05 02:17 PM   #5 
  - You also have to entertain the possibility that it's not lazy, at all  Cats Against Frist   May-10-05 02:24 PM   #7 
     - Yes, I think you may be right  arikara   May-10-05 02:58 PM   #13 
     - Yes. See my response #40.  lady lib   May-11-05 11:40 AM   #43 
     - Yes.  Oregonian   May-10-05 03:02 PM   #14 
        - it was not just the theft  hfojvt   May-10-05 03:12 PM   #17 
        - Great imagery, Oregonian. n/t  lady lib   May-10-05 04:46 PM   #25 
  - fantastic article...thanks for posting. NT  rndmprsn   May-10-05 02:21 PM   #6 
  - What's Sad  otohara   May-10-05 02:29 PM   # 
  - Tierney is Safire's replacement?  hfojvt   May-10-05 03:16 PM   #18 
     - Here Ya Go....  otohara   May-10-05 04:15 PM   #24 
        - Yeah, it's the media's fault  Lydia Leftcoast   May-10-05 09:29 PM   #34 
           - It's the truth  Daphne08   May-11-05 06:30 AM   #37 
  - It is the CORPORATE media  dissent1977   May-10-05 02:29 PM   #8 
  - Thank You, dissent1977, My opinion exactly. n/t  anitar1   May-10-05 02:44 PM   #12 
  - You're right.  lady lib   May-10-05 04:50 PM   #26 
  - Atcheson speaks for me!  JDPriestly   May-10-05 02:30 PM   #9 
  - We all know that sex and sensationalism sells  Bluzmann57   May-10-05 02:34 PM   #10 
  - They (the repukes) have point men and women who are out there  ihaveaquestion   May-10-05 03:22 PM   #21 
  - Sometimes I feel like. . .  EvolvedChimp   May-10-05 02:43 PM   #11 
  - The GOOD news is that they are starting to notice that we are PISSED  Nothing Without Hope   May-10-05 03:03 PM   #15 
  - Thanks for all the info.  lady lib   May-10-05 04:55 PM   #27 
  - I totally agree  Ysolde   May-10-05 03:06 PM   #16 
  - Hi Ysolde. Welcome to DU.  lady lib   May-10-05 04:58 PM   #28 
     - Thanks for the welcome.  Ysolde   May-11-05 12:27 PM   #44 
        - Yes, John Atcheson, the author, really nailed it.  lady lib   May-11-05 01:04 PM   #45 
  - Awesome. I love it!  UCLA Dem   May-10-05 03:20 PM   #19 
  - Excellent!  cmt928   May-10-05 03:20 PM   #20 
  - It helps to get perspective from people like you  lady lib   May-10-05 05:00 PM   #29 
  - they are shills, not stenographers  hfojvt   May-10-05 03:27 PM   #22 
  - boy howdy  ooglymoogly   May-10-05 04:01 PM   #23 
  - wow -- what a great article!  nashville_brook   May-10-05 05:35 PM   #30 
  - Great piece  Parrcrow   May-10-05 06:32 PM   #31 
  - Just copied & printed it  kliljedahl   May-10-05 07:39 PM   #32 
  - I remember a high school basketball referee who  jmcon007   May-10-05 07:59 PM   #33 
  - Okay, I can agree with you that individual reporters are  lady lib   May-11-05 10:39 AM   #40 
  - EXACTLY.. I'm so mad I am GOING to the conference!  Griffy   May-10-05 10:41 PM   #35 
  - Good for you!  lady lib   May-11-05 10:08 AM   #39 
  - my letters to 10 MSMs (local and national) going out tomorrow (snailmail):  nittygritty   May-10-05 10:52 PM   #36 
  - Appreciate your effort. n/t  lady lib   May-11-05 11:15 AM   #41 
  - Excellent letter!  ihaveaquestion   May-11-05 04:04 PM   #46 
  - Fantastic piece!!  Daphne08   May-11-05 06:32 AM   #38 
  - To all of you who thanked me for posting this -  lady lib   May-11-05 11:17 AM   #42 

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