Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Physician, heal thyself: The New York Times TV Watch column by Alessandra Stanley is unintentionally hilarious.
[T]here is the fog of war and then there is the fog of cable.
Over the last few weeks, 24-hour news networks have done little to find out what John Kerry did in Vietnam, but they have provided a different kind of public service: their examination of his war record in Vietnam illustrates once again just how perfunctory and confusing cable news coverage can be. Facts, half-truths and passionately tendentious opinions get tumbled together on screen like laundry in an industrial dryer - without the softeners of fact-checking or reflection.
Wow, what a perfect description of the Times own article of less than a week ago. Fact-checking? If cable even checked one fact, it was much more than the Times did.
*UPDATE* I couldn't get past the first paragraph, but the Captain did, and discovers an embarrassing error.