Kurtz: What happened to American journalism on Obama’s gun-ban flip-flop?

posted at 3:05 pm on June 27, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Today, Howard Kurtz reminds us why his media column is a must-read at the Washington Post.  After Barack Obama’s “inartful” flip-flop on the constitutionality of the DC gun ban and his reversal on supporting it, Kurtz expected to see the facts of the issue laid out properly in media reports today.  Unfortunately, his peers around the nation apparently decided to ignore reporting for some first-class misdirection — and Kurtz calls them out on it:

But even though the earlier Obama quote and the “inartful” comment have been bouncing around the Net for 24 hours, I’m not seeing any reference to them in the morning papers. Most do what the New York Times did: “Mr. Obama, who like Mr. McCain has been on record as supporting the individual-rights view, said the ruling would ‘provide much-needed guidance to local jurisdictions across the country.’ ”

Supporting the individual-rights view? Not in November.

Even the Tribune–the very paper that the Obama camp told he supported the gun ban–makes no reference to the November interview. Instead: “Democrat Barack Obama offered a guarded response Thursday to the Supreme Court ruling striking down the District of Columbia’s prohibition on handguns and sidestepped providing a view on the 32-year-old local gun ban. Republican rival John McCain’s campaign accused him of an ‘incredible flip-flop’ on gun control.”

So McCain accuses Obama of a flip-flop, and the Trib can’t check the clips to tell readers whether there’s some basis in fact for the charge?

USA Today takes the same tack:

“In a conference call put together by McCain’s campaign, Republican Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas said . . . that Obama has been changing his position on the gun issue and said the Democratic senator has done some ‘incredible flip-flopping’ on key issue.”

And? And? That’s all we get? He said/he said journalism?

Kurtz kindly references me as one of the conservative blogosphere that actually produced the comparison, as well as many other great bloggers on the right, and even  my friends at Newshoggers on the Left, who didn’t buy “inartful” for a moment.  Kurtz wonders why the journalists in America’s newsrooms didn’t bother to research what Obama had said.  Many of us believe we know the answer already, of course, but at least Kurtz has the spine to scold even his own paper for not sufficiently reporting a major reversal on a major public-policy issue.

Will Kurtz’ colleagues respond?


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Probably not.

pseudonominus on June 27, 2008 at 3:10 PM

Will Kurtz’ colleagues respond?

Yes, with more gushing, fawning, leg-tingling orgasms over how wonderfully great Obama is.

What, you expect something different?

TABoLK on June 27, 2008 at 3:10 PM

Wow. SECOND LOOK AT KURTZ. Maybe Ive been a little harsh towards him. Hmmm.

NickTx on June 27, 2008 at 3:12 PM

What’s so baffling is that Kurtz, after all these years, is still surprised by things like this.

Jim-Rose on June 27, 2008 at 3:13 PM

You really want to know why?

It’s not obvious. Painfully obvious.

The MSM has been so far up Obama’s arse that they could answer Shakil Oneil’s question – how does it taste.

Kini on June 27, 2008 at 3:14 PM

“I’ve already answered, like, 8 questions.”

That’s enough for the Socialists … errr … “journalists.”

OhEssYouCowboys on June 27, 2008 at 3:15 PM

BHO speaks out of both sides of his mouth simultaneously and is two faced. Someone with photoshop talent/skill, kindly illustrate the candidate properly.

Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus.
False in one thing, false in all.

maverick muse on June 27, 2008 at 3:16 PM

Will Kurtz’ colleagues respond?

*-sputtering-*

*cough* – !gasp! – $%wheezing!!!

I almost drowned on the Mountain Dew coming out my nose!!!

Silly, silly man for asking such a question…

catmman on June 27, 2008 at 3:17 PM

P.S. I’m sure that Couric, Olbermann, Matthews and Cafferty will call Obama out on his flip-flops.

You just wait. I’m sure of it.

OhEssYouCowboys on June 27, 2008 at 3:17 PM

Many of us believe we know the answer already,

Yes, we all know the answer, and so does Kurtz.

infidel65 on June 27, 2008 at 3:18 PM

We all know that the media in this country is one large left wing propaganda machine filled with thousands of “C” average journalist majors. Sad but true

rplat on June 27, 2008 at 3:18 PM

Will Kurtz’ colleagues respond?

Actually I am kind of surprised that the MSM is saying this. They are taking their Golden Boy and instead of putting him on a Pedistal, showing he is a normal, back stabbing, lying individual. Not raking over the coals, but they are showing both sides… why?

It makes me wonder who else in the MSM world, does not like the Messiah. Is it just the journalists or is it also the people higher on the pole starting to take notice.

upinak on June 27, 2008 at 3:21 PM

The wheels on the bus go bumpity bump,
Round and around the Barack-track town.
The wheels on the bus go bumpity bump,
confiscating guns.

maverick muse on June 27, 2008 at 3:22 PM

Howard Kurtz is a partisan hack.

Why should any Dems bother responding to him?

alphie on June 27, 2008 at 3:22 PM

Kurtz kindly references me as one of the conservative blogosphere that actually produced the comparison, as well as many other great bloggers on the right

The same Kurtz that offered MM’s comment section as evidence of Kennedy blood seeking on the right?

He may not be in the tank for Obama, but I don’t find Kurtz all the reliable of a source.

VolMagic on June 27, 2008 at 3:22 PM

Kurtz wonders why the journalists in America’s newsrooms didn’t bother to research what Obama had said.

Ed

Surely he is kidding.

Jaibones on June 27, 2008 at 3:27 PM

Kudos, Ed!

Kurtz kindly references me as one of the conservative blogosphere that actually produced the comparison

maverick muse on June 27, 2008 at 3:28 PM

Why is it that flip-flops only count when they involve not being leftist enough?

spmat on June 27, 2008 at 3:30 PM

The other journalist are too busy, in Shaq’s words “tasting Obamas ass” to bother.

mylegsareswollen on June 27, 2008 at 3:33 PM

at least Kurtz has the spine to scold even his own paper for not sufficiently reporting a major reversal on a major public-policy issue.

Hand it to Kurz. He wants to be on record for not being totally inside the most worm ridden deconstruction bag ever. Everyone in media knows it’s Hobama’s side of the bread getting the butter (ok, butter both sides of Hobama’s slice). Given that, it takes a degree of integrity to point out the deception his boss and his world is coordinating pro-bobama.

maverick muse on June 27, 2008 at 3:34 PM

What happened to American journalism on Obama’s gun-ban flip-flop?

I love these trick questions…

right2bright on June 27, 2008 at 3:35 PM

Answer:
The New York Times was founded in 1851.
The Internet was founded by Algore some time in the 80′s.
There is work to be done and Hotair is on the front lines. ;) …the times they are a chang’n

Nelsa on June 27, 2008 at 3:36 PM

alphie on June 27, 2008 at 3:22 PM

He could have a “thrill” going up his leg.

upinak on June 27, 2008 at 3:38 PM

He’s pissin’ in the Hurricane.
These guys are steaming ahead full til the coronation.
Its a bit late in the game to develop a conscience Howie.

These guys are so in the tank, the fact that its not a scandal is remarkable.

I wish one of those slip’n'fall shysters would sue these guys for journalistic malpractice.

Iblis on June 27, 2008 at 3:39 PM

MSM will do anything to protect and get Obama elected. However I agree that sooner or later they will have to cover some of his flip flopping for fear of losing all credability and ratings.

Dscw66 on June 27, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Someone needs to ask Obama if the Chicago handgun ban is constitutional.

mad saint jack on June 27, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Will Kurtz’ colleagues respond?

Hey, they ARE responding…just like any good PR team.

Patrick S on June 27, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Yesterday’s Washington Post op eds were written by:

Michael Gerson
Charles Krauthammer
George Will

They’re all in the the tank for McCain and everybody knows it, Iblis.

The “Librul” press died decades ago…it’s all corporate media now…speaking out for the Republican’s masters in the oil and defense industries.

alphie on June 27, 2008 at 3:43 PM

That tank is getting filled as fast as under the bus is getting crowded.

drjohn on June 27, 2008 at 3:46 PM

The “Librul” press died decades ago…it’s all corporate media now…speaking out for the Republican’s masters in the oil and defense industries.

alphie on June 27, 2008 at 3:43 PM

Working Ceasar’s Palace now, Comicus?

Patrick S on June 27, 2008 at 3:46 PM

This makes a McCain win all the more unlikely. They berate McCain for ‘flip flopping’ on offshore drilling (but not ANWR), but give Obama a pass on gun control flip flop.

McCainites think it will get better? Not likely.

ThackerAgency on June 27, 2008 at 3:48 PM

The “Librul” press died decades ago…it’s all corporate media now…speaking out for the Republican’s masters in the oil and defense industries.

alphie on June 27, 2008 at 3:43 PM

I hope you have some loved one who care enough to have you deprogrammed.

TheBigOldDog on June 27, 2008 at 3:51 PM

Will Kurtz’ colleagues respond?

What, after all the work they’ve done so far to create Barry Obama?

Please.

benrand on June 27, 2008 at 3:52 PM

The “Librul” press died decades ago…it’s all corporate media now…speaking out for the Republican’s masters in the oil and defense industries.

alphie on June 27, 2008 at 3:43 PM

That’s not what it’s all about, alphie.

drjohn on June 27, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Obama to the MSM, “Is that a gun in your pants or are you just happy to see me?”

GarandFan on June 27, 2008 at 4:02 PM

To “upinak”: This may be a little off-topic, but there’s a Binyamin Appelbaum at the Boston Globe who seems to not like Obama. He wrote a devastating (for Obama) article about how Obama pushed for subsidizing private developers (including his buddy Rezko) to build low-income housing in his district, many of whom contributed to Obama’s campaigns, and the developers never maintained the buildings, which soon become rat-infested and uninhabitable.

Barack Obama–Community organizer?

Check it out:

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/06/27/grim_proving_ground_for_obamas_housing_policy/?page=1

Steve Z on June 27, 2008 at 4:03 PM

Yesterday’s Washington Post op eds were written by

What part of an op-ed is unclear to you? Some papers have very liberal op-ed boards. Some have very conservative op-ed boards. Some columnists are syndicated. Mark Steyn is a single man media empire. But it is all opinion, and labeled as such. It is the news that is biased. Look at AP or Rueters or other wire services reports. All slant, to varying degrees, to the left. Look at the “news” section of the NYT. Look at…. you get the drift.

I suppose because NR exists, the “media” is tilted right in your view.

Ugh.

VolMagic on June 27, 2008 at 4:11 PM

Yesterday’s Washington Post op eds were written by:

Michael Gerson
Charles Krauthammer
George Will

They’re all in the the tank for McCain and everybody knows it, Iblis.

The “Librul” press died decades ago…it’s all corporate media now…speaking out for the Republican’s masters in the oil and defense industries.

alphie on June 27, 2008 at 3:43 PM

You left out liberal Ruth Marcus and liberal Richard Cohen, both of whom wrote scathing condemnations earlier in the week of Obama’s abandonment of public finance. Fred Hiatt is the Post’s editorial page editor, and he’s as liberal as they come. I dare you to go tell any of them they are in the pockets of big oil and the defense industry.

You need some better talking points.

rockmom on June 27, 2008 at 4:29 PM

Kurtz: What happened to American journalism on Obama’s gun-ban flip-flop?

Expecting credibility by asking the obvious Kurtz?

Kini on June 27, 2008 at 4:34 PM

who has the air time available to cover all the flip flopping BOTH of these candidates have done.

It’s a comedy to read about one candidate or the other not being covered by the media … their just ain’t enough time.

Monkei on June 27, 2008 at 4:36 PM

Will Kurtz’ colleagues respond?

Just let me eat my waffle..

Chakra Hammer on June 27, 2008 at 4:40 PM

The “Librul” press died decades ago…it’s all corporate media now…speaking out for the Republican’s masters in the oil and defense industries.

alphie on June 27, 2008 at 3:43 PM

In addition to all the previous shredding, lefty, let me just point out that “corporate” does not equal “Republican” or “conservative.”

Liberals are like tape recorders. They have no brains, and they repeat the same things over and over and over.

misterpeasea on June 27, 2008 at 4:45 PM

Will Kurtz’ colleagues respond?

What, you think they are embarassed? They don’t need to research anything. They know what Obama’s real position is, they are happy with it, and won’t hurt his campaign.

Dusty on June 27, 2008 at 4:47 PM

Tell me something I don’t know. This is dog bites man. Their is no journalism. It died. All we have are cheerleaders whose legs tingle when they hear certain speeches from their messiah. That’s what we have now.

Sergei on June 27, 2008 at 4:52 PM

Kurtz: What happened to American journalism on Obama’s gun-ban flip-flop?

Pssst Howard, nobody gives a rats butt about YOU FUBAR American journalists anymore. You’re ALL irrelevant. Because, you’re ALL a bunch of frigging hate America liars, and one sided liberal fawners. We talk to, and learn way more from each other on the Internet.

byteshredder on June 27, 2008 at 5:00 PM

What I want to know is this: When did Obama give his statement on how he’s all about individual rights on guns? Was it before the SCOTUS ruling came down or after?? I know this is probably a SmakTard question for me to ask, as I’m sure the answer is out there…Sorry.

Seriously, either way, this guy is the KING of the LibTard ‘I believe in nothing, I stand for nothing, I will fight for nothing’ mantra…

God help us all…

BigWyo on June 27, 2008 at 6:23 PM

Will Kurtz’ colleagues respond?

GEEZ, CAN’T WE JUST LET THEM EAT THEIR WAFFLES?!

Conservative Gunman on June 27, 2008 at 6:51 PM

?

peacenprosperity on June 27, 2008 at 7:09 PM

“Will Kurtz’ colleagues respond?”

I assume that was a rhetorical question…

AUINSC on June 27, 2008 at 7:16 PM

Obama and the MSM have mastered NEWSPEAK.

TooTall on June 27, 2008 at 7:32 PM

Obama’s responses all along have been very slick, and his response after the ruling is along the same slick lines, which makes it tough to see the flip-flop.

The key is, he uses the word, “individual right”, but I dont think he means us as individuals, he means individual cities rights. He believed, and said so, that what works in one city does not work in another. So, a ban in Washington DC may be what is needed in DC, but it wont work in say Cleveland.

He believed that each case should be taken up individually, not individuals have right.

Very slick how he has now made it sound like he agreed all along.

WoosterOh on June 27, 2008 at 8:01 PM

This is getting a little pathetic. He can “Flip-flop” on things he didn’t even say now? Kurtz is such a hater, constantly calling his colleagues in the tank for the guy but this “Flip-flop” is the best he can come up with? McCain got away with nary a mention for his complete 180 on drilling over the course of a single month (Comments he actually made himself too) yet the story for the past week was Obama’s change in position on public financing.

Typhonsentra on June 27, 2008 at 8:04 PM

McCain got away with nary a mention for his complete 180 on drilling over the course of a single month (Comments he actually made himself too) yet the story for the past week was Obama’s change in position on public financing.

Typhonsentra on June 27, 2008 at 8:04 PM

Yeah! I mean, McCain didn’t even nod along with anyone as they fed him his position on the topic! Oh, wait….

James on June 27, 2008 at 10:09 PM

Liberals are like tape recorders. They have no brains, and they repeat the same things over and over and over.

misterpeasea on June 27, 2008 at 4:45 PM

That numbskull isn’t worth direct response.

Jaibones on June 27, 2008 at 11:48 PM

MSNBC watched the flip flop and all had obamasims at the same time while gushing praise for his principled stand…

sabbott on June 28, 2008 at 7:35 AM

Inartful: A failed attempt to hoodwink or bamboozle

Buy Danish on June 28, 2008 at 8:56 AM