Tom Brokaw: The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is contributing to public distrust of the media

posted at 6:34 pm on May 7, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Mediaite, I’m second to none in my contempt for this freak show but it’s bugging me that Brokaw’s indictment has been so well received. Does anyone really believe that the vast majority of the public even knows what the WHCD is, let alone has some strong ethical objection to it? In a way, his assumption about the public significance of the event reflects the same sort of Beltway myopia that he’s criticizing. This goes back to my post last week about how political junkies, by obsessing over every dumb poll and media distraction, are actually way out of touch with the sort of casual voter who’ll end up deciding the election. Those people probably don’t pay much attention until around September; meanwhile, you and I live or die every day with each new bit of news detritus that floats by. Sometimes I think the best way to blog politically would be to spend half an hour a day following the news and then give your gut reaction to whatever it is you stumbled across in that time. That’s probably a better insight into the mind of a swing voter than microanalyzing the latest campaign nontroversy. If anything, given the public appetite for gossip and celebrity crapola, the fact that the press spends one night a year hanging out with George Clooney probably increases the public’s esteem for them on balance.

In fairness to Brokaw, arguably he’s making a more subtle point — not that the public is reacting negatively to the WHCD but rather that the press itself is more apt to cocoon itself in Beltway culture because of sleazy networking and stargazing opportunities like the WHCD. If I thought getting rid of their prom would help peel away that cocoon, I’d take his side. But I don’t. The media is an industry and it’ll have its own industry culture whether or not everyone puts on tuxes one night a year and gladhands the Real Housewives of D.C. or whoever semi-ironically on the red carpet. Pauline Kael once said she didn’t understand how Nixon had won since no one she knew had voted for him. I don’t think nerdprom was her problem.


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Contributing…

Or confirming.

lorien1973 on May 7, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Lying by the media isn’t helping either

clippermiami on May 7, 2012 at 6:39 PM

…because of sleazy networking and stargazing opportunities like the WHCD.

Didn’t the Stones write a song about WH Correspondents?

CycloneCDB on May 7, 2012 at 6:40 PM

…one of many!
…yes they have their own culture…and it is not center or the right of center.

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Nah….it’s the other 364.75 days per year that they’re utterly biased, uninterested in major stories, and utterly clueless about what the ground truth of America is all about.

ted c on May 7, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Actually, Tom, it’s you and your friends’ constant fellatio of democrat politicians that undermines your credibility. It makes you look rather whorish, know what I mean? Not so much journalist as gigolo. Oh, hell. You’re a slut, Tom. That’s the problem. You’re a democrat slut.

Rational Thought on May 7, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Ironic that we should trust the distrusted Tom Brokaw when he tells us that the distrusted media is causing us to distrust them.

I’m going to hold my opinion until Dan “What’s the frequency Kennith” Rather weighs in.

pain train on May 7, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Gad…calling these people “nerds” is an serious insult to nerds..

Nerds wouldn’t be as oblivious or navel gaze as bad as that group of wannabe Barons and Baronesses of the 4th Estate/5th Column which the American media seems to be composed of these days.

At least, none of the nerds I hang with.

BlaxPac on May 7, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Imagine Brokaw in a meeting at NBC discussing public distrust of the media … Could it be a majority of the public thinks the media has their collective noses up the Obamas’ posteriors?

Nah, it’s the nerd prom.

msmveritas on May 7, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Nah. I think the problem some in the media have with nerdprom is twofold:

1. Tradition has been to mock the sitting president. It’s hard to do that, when Obama’s just so wonderful… (or vulnerable to real attack, based on his weakness/ideology. YMMV).

2. The biggest danger is that the curtain gets pulled back, and “mid-America” sees the truth- The DC politicoes and media are much more entertwined, similar, etc. than either is with Joe/Jane voter/viewer. We can’t let this reality be shown…

Just my $0.02.

cs89 on May 7, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Hate to break it to old Tom but the correspondents themselves are the sole source contributing to public distrust of the media.

There are no more journalists, reporters, correspondents only various levels of propaganda ministers.

jukin3 on May 7, 2012 at 6:48 PM

You mean this White House Correspond Dinner…?

Seven Percent Solution on May 7, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Yeah, that’s it. Its the correspondence dinner that has the masses doubting the press. It has nothing to do with the day in day out water carrying, omissions of unflattering stories, or overt worshipping. Its the dinner. Yeah, lets go with that.

magicbeans on May 7, 2012 at 6:50 PM

one of the smartest things he ever said.

rob verdi on May 7, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Today we saw Mitt Romney’s version of leadership: standing by silently as his chief surrogate attacked the President’s family at the event and another supporter alleged that the President should be tried for treason. Time after time in this campaign, Mitt Romney has had the opportunity to show that he has the fortitude to stand up to hateful and over-the-line rhetoric and time after time, he has failed to do so. If this is the ‘leadership’ he has shown on the campaign trail, what can the American people expect of him as commander-in-chief?

And we all thought Anny the gold digger was off limits…

Uppereastside on May 7, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Does anyone really believe that the vast majority of the public even knows what the WHCD is, let alone has some strong ethical objection to it?

Most probably can’t name their 2 senators.

SouthernGent on May 7, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Tom is concerned about a once a year banquet no one takes very seriously?

He needs to have a chat with Zimmerman.

farsighted on May 7, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Is Brokaw really this out of touch with America? Tommy boy! Hate to break it to you. But the WHCD is nothing compared to what you guys did just last month with the Trayvon Martain debacle. You sat with Charlie Rose, pondering the fact that you don’t know anything about Obama just weeks before he was elected. Your former employer’s cable news network (MSNBC) literally cropped the head out of a camera shot of a man carrying a rifle in order to prove that he was a racist…only to discover that the rifle toting man was BLACK! FAST AND FURIOUS!?!?! And you’re worried about some stupid dinner. Sheesh. Fine Tom. Whatever makes you feel better. Now go take a nap in a comfy chair and dream about the good ol’ days.

Weight of Glory on May 7, 2012 at 6:54 PM

…because of sleazy networking and stargazing opportunities like the WHCD.

Didn’t the Stones write a song about WH Correspondents?

CycloneCDB on May 7, 2012 at 6:40 PM

This one?

Key Word: “Under”.

Del Dolemonte on May 7, 2012 at 6:54 PM

bwahahahaha

I haven’t been able to look at Brokaw without laughing since the ’84 Republican Convention when his comment after the Ray Charles performance was (and this is verbatim):
“He’s blind, you know.”

Guy’s a marooooon.

itsacookbook on May 7, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Tom, nice to see you are getting a little smarter since you retired. Perhaps you don’t remember Dan Rather? Yes that Dan Rather that is so callous he refuses to apologize for the Bush scandal he swore was the truth. We remember it Tom and we also remember the way the media is covering for that empty suit in the White House.

mixplix on May 7, 2012 at 6:58 PM

bwahahahaha

I haven’t been able to look at Brokaw without laughing since the ’84 Republican Convention when his comment after the Ray Charles performance was (and this is verbatim):
“He’s blind, you know.”

Guy’s a marooooon.

itsacookbook on May 7, 2012 at 6:56 PM

You see. Cons & libs can agree on something.

Uppereastside on May 7, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Who cares what Brokaw thinks?

fogw on May 7, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Tom Brokaw talking about credibility stretches credulity

CorporatePiggy on May 7, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Uppereastside on May 7, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Translated: “I can’t contribute anything relevant about the subject of this thread, so I will simply try to hijack it.”

I can do that too. Just for you, Chuckles! From the Far-Right NPR, circa 2003:

Current criticism over Halliburton’s lucrative Iraq contracts has some historians drawing parallels to a similar controversy involving the company during Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration.

Nearly 40 years ago, Halliburton faced almost identical charges over its work for the U.S. government in Vietnam — allegations of overcharging, sweetheart contracts from the White House and war profiteering. Back then, the company’s close ties to President Johnson became a liability.

-snip-

The story of Halliburton’s ties to the White House dates back to the 1940s, when a Texas firm called Brown & Root constructed a massive dam project near Austin. The company’s founders, Herman and George Brown, won the contract to build Mansfield Dam thanks to the efforts of Johnson, who was then a Texas congressman.

After Johnson took over the Oval Office, Brown & Root won contracts for huge construction projects for the federal government. By the mid-1960s, newspaper columnists and the Republican minority in Congress began to suggest that the company’s good luck was tied to its sizable contributions to Johnson’s political campaign.

-snip-

By 1967, the General Accounting Office had faulted the “Vietnam builders” — as they were known — for massive accounting lapses and allowing thefts of materials.

Brown & Root also became a target for anti-war protesters: they called the firm the embodiment of the “military-industrial complex” and denounced it for building detention cells to hold Viet Cong prisoners in South Vietnam.

Today, Brown & Root is called Kellogg, Brown & Root — a Halliburton subsidiary better known as KBR.

BTW, KBR and Halliburton are no longer in cahoots. And George Soros bought $61 million worth of the firm in 2007.

Del Dolemonte on May 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Key Word: “Under”.

Del Dolemonte on May 7, 2012 at 6:54 PM

“..in my ssssseeeeeeersssssucker ssssuit..”

(Love it, Del. Thanks for the memories!)

The War Planner on May 7, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Obama eats dogs.

Jim Treacher on May 7, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Maybe they’re finally starting to wake up to the fact that no one buys what they are selling and are scored less on the approval meter than used car salesmen and politicans, with apologies to used car salesmen.

So instead of some real introspection, it’s “hey maybe we shouldn’t cuddle up to the celebs as we are supposed to be above that”.

Yeah, sure, Tom. That’s it. It has absolutely nothing to do with your ethics and job performance.

kim roy on May 7, 2012 at 7:02 PM

It is NOT the terdprom which makes us distrust the Obama-fluffer media Mr NBC,
it is our access to the truth which ,we didn’t have earlier due to your monopoly , that has turned the tables on people like you!

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Uppereastside on May 7, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Look at this picture.

And listen to this song.

Then go away.

Weight of Glory on May 7, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Uppereastside on May 7, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Well, you definitely are a shining example of why anyone sane should abandon NYC to its fate…which if folks like you get their way will become East California.

BlaxPac on May 7, 2012 at 7:03 PM

tom, do you have any idea you and those like you have no idea how you and yours have totally tried to see to it that ALL the news we get on bhopress is what YOU think WE NEED to hear?

I remember back in the 60′s we had three stations to get our news. We would chose the one we liked, but every friggen one of them said the same thing to ‘give us all what they thought was needed to get for the news’.

Things have not change on bit, the bhopress is still going on 24/7 telling those that watch not the news, but what they want those watching need to hear?

So sad, so bad, there are millions that have not a clue what is going on in our nation. If they do, they think bho will give them whatever they need from his ‘stash’.

Tom you are in the ‘distrust’!
L

letget on May 7, 2012 at 7:03 PM

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner media is contributing to public distrust of the media

Fixed the headline.

Myron Falwell on May 7, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Obama eats dogs.

Jim Treacher on May 7, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Why, yes. Yes, he does.

Rational Thought on May 7, 2012 at 7:04 PM

I wonder if Tom recalls during the Bush years…

… every time a soldier was killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, it made the news of that day.

Every single day, 24/7, 365 days a year…

… Drumming the casualty rate into the psych of the American people.

No positive reports on any victories, only the bad news, day in and day out to push the meme and their ideology against President Bush…

Last month was one of the bloodiest months for our troops in Afghanistan…

… where is the media?

What about the record number of months that gas is at $4/gal…?

… All I hear is the ‘good news’ that prices fell 1/2 of 1% today, aren’t we lucky.

No Tom, it’s not the dance…

… It’s the tune that you and your ilk have been playing.

Seven Percent Solution on May 7, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Yeah, the media lives in its own bubble…. can’t wait until it inflates enough to float away.

Marxism is for dummies on May 7, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Allow me to correct you, Tom, it’s all the damn lies, and the noticeable fact that the media has chosen sides.

tarpon on May 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM

No Tom, it’s not the dance…

… It’s the tune that you and your ilk have been playing.

Seven Percent Solution on May 7, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Well said, Mr.%

Weight of Glory on May 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Obama eats dogs.

Jim Treacher on May 7, 2012 at 7:02 PM

But first he stangles them in a limo :P

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 7:10 PM

The jig is up, Tom. You and your ilk betrayed the sacred trust granted to you in our Constitution. You are the enemy.

Naturally Curly on May 7, 2012 at 7:11 PM

7%
+100,000%………..

angrymike on May 7, 2012 at 7:12 PM

I have had and continue to have utter contempt for the media in and of itself in addition to the WH Correspondents.

There are no more journalists, reporters, correspondents — only various levels of propaganda ministers.

jukin3 on May 7, 2012 at 6:48 PM

This says it all.

PatriotGal2257 on May 7, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Weight of Glory on May 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM

angrymike on May 7, 2012 at 7:12 PM

:)

Seven Percent Solution on May 7, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Uppereastside on May 7, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Sit tight! Let me call whine-1-1 for you.

You’re a hoot, that’s for sure.

Key West Reader on May 7, 2012 at 7:17 PM

I actually don’t have a problem with the Correspondents’ dinner in principle — DC could use more traditions where people on opposite sides of various fences laugh together — especially if they can laugh at themselves a bit.

My problem with the event is what it’s become in recent years — a parade of celebrity sightings, about seeing and being seen, rather than taking a step back and casting an ironic eye on business as usual in DC.

I’m kinda with Brokaw on this one. The fact that he mentioned George Clooney indicates to me that he’s disturbed, as I am, by this having evolved into nerdprom.

Chuckles3 on May 7, 2012 at 7:25 PM

On the plus side, Greta did bring those shy flowers Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian out to shine.

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 7, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Tom Brokaw has been contributing to public distrust of the media for decades. Brokaw has always been a clown, but since 2007, he has been an official obama assclown. The public has absolutely no reason to “trust” Brokaw, or the media in general, but there is especially no reason to “trust” pro-obama media outlets and talking heads.

Pork-Chop on May 7, 2012 at 7:26 PM

He’s just now realizing that the knee-pads make him and the rest of the leftist loving LSM types look like a bunch-a-hoe on the down-lo…
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RalphyBoy on May 7, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Uppereastside on May 7, 2012 at 6:52 PM

So when is Hussein returning the money he gobbled from Maher, LaRaza and Hoffa ?

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 7:34 PM

I actually don’t have a problem with the Correspondents’ dinner in principle — DC could use more traditions where people on opposite sides of various fences laugh together — especially if they can laugh at themselves a bit.

My problem with the event is what it’s become in recent years — a parade of celebrity sightings, about seeing and being seen, rather than taking a step back and casting an ironic eye on business as usual in DC.

I’m kinda with Brokaw on this one. The fact that he mentioned George Clooney indicates to me that he’s disturbed, as I am, by this having evolved into nerdprom.

Chuckles3 on May 7, 2012 at 7:25 PM

THIS!!!!!!!!

The hollywood “haze” started with the Clintons, but the Obama administration has doubled down on this celebrity pandering. I have never understood why celebrities get invited to the nerd prom.

karenhasfreedom on May 7, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Obama eats dogs.

Jim Treacher on May 7, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Sung to the Armour song:

Eats dogs, Obama eats dogs
What kinds of dogs? Obama eats dogs.
Big dogs, little dogs, dogs who climb on rocks
fat dogs, skinny dogs, even dogs with chicken pox
He eats dogs, Obama eats dogs
Obama loves to bite… dogs!

Fallon on May 7, 2012 at 7:48 PM

What’s the frequency, Thomas?

BHO Jonestown on May 7, 2012 at 7:51 PM

The integrity of journalism, if there ever was any, has been dead for years. The White House Correspondents Dinner is the annual funeral to acknowledge that fact and the correspondents are the pallbearers reinforcing it’s dead. A friend asked me one time what the difference between a prostitute and her pimp was when compared to a reporter and their editor. With a prostitute you know what you are getting, with a reporter you never know until its too late.

volsense on May 7, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Hmmm.
Was Tom not invited this year?

mrt721 on May 7, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Enjoying that pic of Brokejaw…

Here’s a better one:

https://encrypted-tbn1.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTm5-aknNsSQSNO29dlmKpp9frSsQLCKXf-kIxyLVK7EpI6OtGyqA

Dack Thrombosis on May 7, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Allah, if someone wants to blog about those deciding the election, the Independents, the Centrists, the low-information voter, i.e., complete idiots, then it’s best to take a blunt instrument, bash it against one’s skull, and then try to write.

So best not to blog about them, then.

BCrago66 on May 7, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Uppereastside on May 7, 2012 at 6:52 PM

So glad you’re here to spout the lefty talking point of the day. Why, we would have not idea if not for you.

Payday’s friday, right?

bluealice on May 7, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Was Tom not invited this year?

mrt721 on May 7, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Looks like they made Tom take off his dentures before letting him in the ” after party” ………and that is why Tom is mad

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 8:00 PM

I think that this was the Rolling Stones number that fills the bill best.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZjxoZdWblI

Too many of the WH “journalists” are impressed with their own celebrity, so they are right at home with the entertainment celebrities invited to the dinner. They can engage in mutual m*sturbation while enjoying food, wine, and sleazy comedians.

onlineanalyst on May 7, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Is Brokaw really that stupid or has he contracted a mental illness in retirement?

johnny reb on May 7, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Is Brokaw really that stupid or has he contracted a mental illness in retirement?

johnny reb on May 7, 2012 at 8:04 PM

What do you mean “in retirement”?

They guy has always been a kook.

Dack Thrombosis on May 7, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Hey Tom Brokaw remember when it was called journalism and reporting and not the MEDIA = infotainment?

The MEDIA has lost all credibility, because it’s nothing more than junk food equivalent of News reporting.

Afghan Security Official Says Senior Taliban Member Killed For Seeking Peace Talks……..oh look Elizabeth “White Bread” Warren, claims she has minority status because of family lore…..Media runs to cover shiny object.

Dr Evil on May 7, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Tom Brokaw covers the death of Gerald Ford:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkhwiuRbOEE

Dack Thrombosis on May 7, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Is Brokaw really that stupid or has he contracted a mental illness in retirement?
johnny reb on May 7, 2012 at 8:04 PM

People like him live in a rarified bubble where they only interact with people like themselves. They actually believe they’re being objective.

Cleombrotus on May 7, 2012 at 8:21 PM

“If there’s ever an event that separates the press from the people it’s supposed to serve, symbolically, it’s that one.”

The MSM didn’t lose the people because of the WHCA dinner. It lost the people because it is biases, lazy, sloppy, hypocritical, exploitative, mendacious, and a passel full of seals trained by the Party of Julia.

It lost the people when cable and the internet ended its monopoly on the news and the “truth.”

Give my regards to Walter Duranty, Jason Blair, Paul Krugman, Frank Rich, and the rest of the despicable people that have written for the New York Times.

Resist We Much on May 7, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Gerald Ford dead today, at age eighty-four…

Dunedainn on May 7, 2012 at 8:34 PM

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is contributing to public distrust of the media

Hahahaha!!! Even more evidence that Tommy and his cohorts haven’t a freaking clue.

Hey Tommy! The word “WHORE” ring a bell?

GarandFan on May 7, 2012 at 8:35 PM

“Uh oh… They’re on to us.” -Tom Brokaw

Glenn Jericho on May 7, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Is Tom searching for an explanation for why the legacy media is dying..? He is overlooking a much larger and more obvious problem.

d1carter on May 7, 2012 at 8:47 PM

That train left the station long ago

Kini on May 7, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Didn’t the Stones write a song about WH Correspondents?

Sympathy for the Devil?

drunyan8315 on May 7, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Tom… it’s the sophistry, stupid!

drunyan8315 on May 7, 2012 at 9:09 PM

No, Tom, it just confirms for many what is already believed.

TQM38a on May 7, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Tom, you’re rather cute in your glasses and complete disconnect. I’d pat you on the head but I think you’re contagious and would render me physically unable to laugh at the sheer bias you have had for 30yrs.

Trinityangel on May 7, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Shows just how far out of touch with the real world these guys are. But like Obama it’s got to be something else’s fault.

savage24 on May 7, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Tom Brokaw: The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is contributing to public distrust of the media

While true, it’s a distant tenth place to the biased crap that you, Tom Brokaw, and the rest of the media streamed into our homes every night for decades on end. Thankfully we now have other means to learn the truth without your hard left partisanship.

RJL on May 7, 2012 at 9:43 PM

I wonder if the Prez eats horse?
What about rabbit?

Eating Fido, Flicka and Thumper. mmm mmm mmm

Typicalwhitewoman on May 7, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Obama eats dogs.

Jim Treacher on May 7, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Has anyone asked Michelle Obama if dog is on her list of government approved things for us to eat?

RJL on May 7, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I’ll take Allah’s analysis as true, generally, and in this case I haven’t bothered to listen to the demonstrably retarded Bwokaw. But from the first summary of his comments that I read, I agree with Brokaw.

Taking part in nerd-prom reminds us, at least, that the White House press corps is a bunch of liberal partisans who live to jerk off their heroes the Democrats, and hate the Republicans as a matter of course. I don’t think there can be any doubt that the event serves to undermine their attempts to present themselves as serious journalists.

That they are not serious journalists is a given, of course, but the question here is appearance, not substance.

Jaibones on May 7, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Brokaw looks like he’s aged 20 years recently.

Ward Cleaver on May 7, 2012 at 11:31 PM

meanwhile, you and I live or die every day with each new bit of news detritus that floats by. Sometimes I think the best way to blog politically would be to spend half an hour a day following the news and then give your gut reaction to whatever it is you stumbled across in that time.

Dear AP,

I have seen a change in HotAir.

For the first few years I was excited to read the various thoughtful and passionate reports and analysis of the day’s news. Lately, however (since Hot Air changed hands, I think), the eclectic, perhaps nerdy, techno-political personality of HotAir has given way from MM’s penetratingly accurate, witty and ballsy perspective to a sort of weak, half-spun, half-directed, half-biased, quietly-agendized – and in all likelihood fully financially-motivated – belabored, bored mish-mash of the most impertinent, pointless recirculation of the what the rest of the MSM (and sometimes other productive web sites) have written.

HotAir went from leading the way to unfocusedly following, like a leashless dog following distractedly, goggle-eyed, short-leggedly after a confident master down the side walk of life.

News aggregation only goes so far. And nowadays I just surf the most pertinent dozen sites before I click on HotAir to see what the followers — the once-great — have to say. Perhaps you’ll get back to your founding craft with your recent staff changes, but I think it’s time to start writing the news rather than just passing it along.

flicker on May 7, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Yeah, that’s it. Its the correspondence dinner that has the masses doubting the press. It has nothing to do with the day in day out water carrying, omissions of unflattering stories, or overt worshipping. Its the dinner. Yeah, lets go with that.

magicbeans on May 7, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Service ace.

swinia sutki on May 8, 2012 at 6:40 AM

The dinner is not the disease itself – it’s a symptom of the disease.

The disease is leftwing politics masquerading as impartial news, and always has been.

It was just far too obvious this time for even casual observers not to notice.

Good Lt on May 8, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Dear AP,

I have seen a change in HotAir.

For the first few years I was excited to read the various thoughtful and passionate reports and analysis of the day’s news. Lately, however (since Hot Air changed hands, I think), the eclectic, perhaps nerdy, techno-political personality of HotAir has given way from MM’s penetratingly accurate, witty and ballsy perspective to a sort of weak, half-spun, half-directed, half-biased, quietly-agendized – and in all likelihood fully financially-motivated – belabored, bored mish-mash of the most impertinent, pointless recirculation of the what the rest of the MSM (and sometimes other productive web sites) have written.

HotAir went from leading the way to unfocusedly following, like a leashless dog following distractedly, goggle-eyed, short-leggedly after a confident master down the side walk of life.

News aggregation only goes so far. And nowadays I just surf the most pertinent dozen sites before I click on HotAir to see what the followers — the once-great — have to say. Perhaps you’ll get back to your founding craft with your recent staff changes, but I think it’s time to start writing the news rather than just passing it along.

flicker on May 7, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Huh. Can’t speak for AP, but what news, exactly, was this site breaking? I’ve been here since day one, and am struggling to remember exactly what ‘news’ the site has broken. I was always under the impression that it’s a repository for right-of-center news and views, commentary on the day’s news, and was hosted by some very insightful voices within the right-o-sphere.

Michelle Malkin’s well-articulated opinion pieces, which were part of the mix early on, are not exactly ‘breaking news.’

Care to elaborate?

Good Lt on May 8, 2012 at 7:29 AM

political junkies…are actually way out of touch with the sort of casual voter who’ll end up deciding the election.

This is precisely what the GOP fails to comprehend when they, by default, believe that a rich unprincipled white guy bearing boring economic lessons, will miraculously sway the hedonist, free lunch, pro-death, sexually depraved, anti-God folks, into somehow becoming reformed responsible citizens

Don L on May 8, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Care to elaborate?

Good Lt on May 8, 2012 at 7:29 AM

Yeah, I do wish I hadn’t posted that. And I was ready to ask Ed to delete it because it was probably the wrong venue, but then again I don’t have AP’s e-mail address, and I was agreeing with something AP wrote in his article, and it was something about which I had been becoming increasingly concerned.

I wasn’t talking about “Breaking News” with correspondents and tsunamis and bank robberies. And frankly I’m not sure what “breaking news” is anymore with Friday night news dumps, the 24-hour news cycle and media silence. And anyway, I am not particularly clear on the difference between straight news, investigative reporting, exposés and ongoing reporting of evolving stories.

But the truth is, as AP well knows, blogging is becoming more and more breaking news in itself, and it is changing the MSM’s reporting of stories. Nowadays, it is just as likely that a tweet leads to a blog, that creates a controversy that makes the MSM a few days later. And so catching someone in an outright lie and reporting it in a blog is now news in itself.

When AP wrote “meanwhile, you and I live or die every day with each new bit of news detritus that floats by. Sometimes I think the best way to blog politically would be to spend half an hour a day following the news and then give your gut reaction to whatever it is you stumbled across in that time” his words seemed to express what I’d been thinking for a long time. It seems to me that HotAir has shifted slowly from referencing the eclectic news of the day with a strong analysis and perspective to aggregating and retransmitting the MSM news with less skeptical argument.

But speaking of detritus, to give just two examples, I have been most struck by stories such as the slow water-drip torture reporting of the where’s-there’s-smoke-there’s-fire analysis of Cain’s alleged sexual impropriety in which every MSM smear was pretty much uncritically and unprotestingly recirculated on HotAir. (I say “smear” because it is the identical political tactic used by the MSM on Gingrich). And there was the on-going re-reporting of George Zimmerman’s supposedly racist shooting of Trayvon Martin. Now if I, in the first day or so, can clearly recognize, and remark upon on HotAir that the 911 tape was selectively edited, why couldn’t anyone who writes for HotAir comment on it? In other words, HotAir was more interested in traffic than in… oh, forget it.

Respectfully,

flicker on May 8, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, et al contribute “to public distrust of the media.”

Klem Kadiddlehopper on May 8, 2012 at 2:45 PM