Brad Messer Commentary
Monday, October 27, 2003

Big Media Softies

We depend on big media to ask big, serious questions. We are being let down.

Anyone even casually acquainted with the various news media in America knows that the "big three" news networks have been shrinking in size. Personnel cuts, bureau closings, budget shrinkage. Unfortunately, right alongside the physical downsizing, there has been shrinkage of journalism itself. Fewer and fewer network reporters have been asking the right questions. This disappointing bunch accepts spin for answers.

Here's one embarrassing example. In the president's March 6th news conference, he talked about the "shock and awe" tactic planned for Iraq.

New York Times writer Frank Rich described that session as including, quote, "eight different instances in which he implied that Saddam Hussein had something to do with 9/11, all of them left unchallenged by the dozens of reporters at hand."

Probably every White House reporter knew there was never a link between Iraq and 9/11, but not one reporter raised a question about it.

Even the president himself has had to admit recently that there was no link. He is, of course, the very same leader of the Free World who constantly linked the two by brazen innuendo, to suit his own purposes.

The big media reporters had better start reporting, and asking tough questions, and demanding straight answers— or history will expose them as sniveling, fawning, nicely-dressed weaklings.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.

New York Times commentary 10/26/2003
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