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And They Wonder Why They’re Dieing—Newspaper’s Hypocrisy Continues

posted at 7:40 am on May 15, 2009 by

In the wake of Nancy Pelosi’s declared war on the CIA, a tiny story about news media hypocrisy may have been overlooked. Even a quick scan of our pals at Newsbusters was in vain, but Brent Baker did find the New York Times conflicting/spinning information while other major newspapers reported the story accurately—-but we’ll get back to this later.

A Tribunal Conflict of Interest?

It appears that what’s good for the goose might not apply to the gander. Jennifer Harper at the Washington Times writes that the Chicago Tribune has convinced a bankruptcy judge to allow bonuses to their executives, while rebuking AIG for providing similar compensation:

Apparently the Trib now thinks it’s important to compensate “talent” to keep their impoverished paper afloat:

“Tribune Chief Financial Officer Chandler Bigelow III explained the rationale for the bonuses during an appearance in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Tuesday, using an argument reminiscent of that used by AIG.

“We need to motivate and incentivize the key people who will implement change. These are really good people we’re talking about. They’re the best and the brightest in the company,” Mr. Bigelow told Judge Kevin Carey.”  (emphasis mine)

Note to Mr. Bigelow: I might suggest you attempt to “motivate” your editors into a possible retraction or clarification on how these bonuses are any different than what your executives just received, and AIG’s compensation.

 More Hypocrisy / Spin

This story is almost comical how the New York Times reside in their own world when it comes to providing “information”. While the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal writes that minorities did well during the housing boom, (according to a report from a Pew Hispanic Center), the Times claims minorities were hardest hit. Mr. Baker at Newsbusters provides three simple headlines that makes the Times look like—well, hypocritically ignorant or just seriously conflicted.

* For some unknown reason, I’m failing to find the Editorial that the Trib wrote on March 18th. Some of the links to the story have been mysteriously  “misdirected.” Maybe Nancy Pelosi can direct me to the “factual information” that I’m seeking—she seems to be so good at it.

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I have often wondered what it must be like to live in a world so far outside the mainstream, which is obviously the case with these so called “intellectual elitist.”

They can’t die soon enough for me! The MSM simply can’t be trusted by the civilian world, to report the factual news and let us make decisions based upon facts. Long ago, these creatures became a part of a political party, a propaganda service for the Democrats. They have bastardized a media that was given special privileges for the sake of the people.

Keemo on May 15, 2009 at 7:49 AM

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/14/AR2009051404240.html

More of what we have come to expect from these intellectuals.

From Glenn Reynolds instapundit.com

REALLY? Washington Post: “Troubling new questions” about Nancy Pelosi’s credibility.

UPDATE: Hmm. They’ve edited the story and now instead of “troubling new questions” it’s “some questions” about Pelosi’s credibility. So does this mean the Post has decided that they’re not troubled? Or that questions about Pelosi’s credibility aren’t new? Either way, I hate it when people edit stories that way, making my quotes obsolete.

Keemo on May 15, 2009 at 7:55 AM

Either way, I hate it when people edit stories that way, making my quotes obsolete.

Keemo on May 15, 2009 at 7:55 AM

I’ve got a feeling it’s time to find some good “screen-capture” software, while the MSM is in their high speed spin mode. Re-writing history will has become an art form and required practice in journalism schools.

Rovin on May 15, 2009 at 8:23 AM

Rovin-’Dying’ not ‘Dieing’, and the best screen capture software needed is the “Prt Scrn” button on your keyboard, if you are using a Windows machine. Paste to MSWord, or to any photo imaging software.
Look for the smarter newspapers to follow the European example, featuring more “Page 3″ skin and less dried up old print. Less print means fewer writers; if a picture is worth a thousand words, the newspapers will follow the example of their brethren across the pond and toss more bikinis on their front pages to benefit (save) their bottom line.

Doug on May 15, 2009 at 9:45 AM