But of course, not everyone who does thinks they’re erring on the side of negativity. The partisan prism:

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All in all, only a little more than a third think the media’s underselling the good news, such as it is. Here, for your enjoyment, is a letter sent recently to Editor & Publisher by a guy who’s presumably among that group. His topic? Capt. Jamil Hussein. Soak it up.

Do you really think that most people don’t notice how deferential you are to one of your guild-mates? You don’t mention the 61 sole-sourced articles. You don’t mention that the good Captain has not only not been produced, but he quit reporting when this story started getting attention from bloggers, which by the way was a long time before any “real” journalists would look at it.

The fact of the matter is that this stinks, and has stunk for a long time. But I am the only one in my office of professionals who knows anything about it, because the guild is holding the line for one of its own. Nice work, all you pros that know what we rubes need to know, and what we don’t, know it better than the people we get to elect. Nobody elected you to anything, much less a 4th branch of government.

You may think you are being tough on the AP, but that’s only because softball rules are de rigueur for examining guild-member misconduct, and even you can’t just roll-over anymore on this one. But I look at your Greg Mitchell’s’ off-hand assumption that the Haditha Marines are guilty as charged, despite some serious doubts about the evidence, and with no mention of the conflicts of interest of the witnesses, and lack of respect there is glaring.

Can you seriously claim that if there was one-tenth of the circumstantial evidence for some misbehavior on the part of any Republican as there is here that the AP is simply making things up, you would be screaming for blood, and if you can’t see that, then you don’t want to see it. Do you think you can fool everyone forever?

I guess I know the answer to my question: Yes you do, and that’s why the AP keeps stonewalling and you keep giving them the benefit if the doubt that you won’t give anyone but your friends (and certainly not Marines in combat). If you want to know why many Americans hold the media in contempt, take a look at the AP’s brazen Nixon imitation, and your abetting of it.

Dave Runyan
Seattle, Wash.