July 09, 2008
To Slime a Nation

I meant to put this up a couple of weeks ago but hey, what’s the rush? If you haven’t read it yet, it’s still news to you.

The link takes you to McClatchy Newspapers’ magnificent week-long series on the open running sore that Bush has created at Guantanamo Bay.

A lot of criticism from both sides of the blogosphere is directed at the press, much of it deserved. When newspapers are bad, they are indeed horrid. But when they are good they are very, good.

I have worked for five of them, from a California weekly to the Washington Post and I’m no more sentimental about the business than my brother Bill is. Which is not sentimental at all, as you may know from his occasional posts on the subject.

But still, but still…

You can’t live with ’em and you can’t live without ’em. Someday somebody somewhere may come up with an internet business model that makes it possible for two reporters to spend eight months in 11 countries interviewing scores of Bush’s victims (a shocking percentage of them plainly innocent), their lawyers, their jailers, their neighbors, and their families. For now, though, the MSM is all we’ve got.

The McLatchy team will win Pulitzers for this job of reporting, if there is a God in heaven. Which there probably isn’t, or creatures like Bush and Cheney wouldn’t be allowed to run loose all over the planet.

Sadly, the “worst of the worst” are not at Guantanamo Bay.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at July 09, 2008 07:12 PM
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It's weird how the fortunes of reporting have changed. It took me a while to realize that most of the best reporting in the leadup to the current war was coming from Knight-Ridder, a chain I hadn't thought much of up to then; but people like Strobel and Landay changed my mind. Then McClatchy bought Knight-Ridder, and now McClatchy's Washington report is a daily stop.

Posted by: Chuck Dupree on July 9, 2008 8:58 PM

And former jewels in the Knight-Ridder crown, the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, are now owned by a local investment group headed by the Archdiocese's former PR flack, who viciously attacked their reporters for suggesting any impropriety in covering up and passing along scores of pedophile priests (and in building a Taj Mahal residence for the cardinal while closing dozens of inner city churches and schools).

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on July 10, 2008 8:21 AM

I don't donate to PBS, but I did donate to the Real News Network.
If you've got high speed internet, the stories are much more worldly and devoid of poppycock that their counterparts in the MSM seem to excel at producing It's worth taking your time to look. This is what our news COULD and SHOULD be about. (although I differ with them occasionally ideologically, that doesn't change the fact they they deliver actually do deliver real news.


Posted by: Buck on July 12, 2008 12:05 PM
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