Prediction—he won’t say a word: As of Wednesday, even Mediaite had managed to notice the smaller part of the problem.
Mediaite is a tabloidy media web site founded by the useless Dan Abrams. In this post, Noah Rothman noted last week’s silence of the lambs. We’ll include the headline:
ROTHMAN (5/23/12): MSNBC Primetime Makes Zero Mentions Of Trayvon Martin Case After Pro-Zimmerman Evidence SurfacesRothman noted one part of the problem. Last week, MSNBC completely ignored the breaking news in the Zimmerman/Martin case.
In March and April, MSNBC’s primetime hosts ran with nearly wall-to-wall coverage of the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. They regularly suggested that the lack of national interest in the case was worthy of outrage. Last week, when an avalanche of new evidence favorable to George Zimmerman came to light, MSNBC’s primetime lineup didn’t just bury the story, they didn’t mention Martin or Zimmerman once...
Major newspapers wrote sprawling reports about the documents, photos and tapes released by prosecutor Angela Corey. But how strange! In its major programs, from 5 PM on, MSNBC didn’t say a single word about this important story!
How weird! Trayvon's name wasn't mentioned once. George Zimmerman didn't exist.
That was pretty remarkable conduct. But Rothman ignored the larger problem in MSNBC’s silence. The new documents made it abundantly clear that MSNBC had broadcast reams of mis- and disinformation about this important case.
A serious news org would correct such egregious mistakes, informing millions of misled viewers.
Rothman noted part of the problem. He failed to note the larger scandal involved in MSNBC’s conduct. This raises an obvious question:
Where is Howard Kurtz?
Kurtz is our most famous media reporter. Every Sunday, he hosts an hour-long show on CNN devoted to media topics.
MSNBC has staged a major, ginormous scam. It peddled reams of disinformation—and it has refused to correct or explain its endless, egregious misstatements.
In a rational world, Howard Kurtz would speak up. But here’s our prediction for Sunday:
Kurtz won’t say a word.
MSNBC’s conduct has been egregious. We’re not sure we’ve ever seen a cable news network behave more grossly than this.
The disinformation was ugly and endless. But the guild has agreed not to speak.
That said, this is precisely the way the guild works. If your “errors” tilt in certain directions, the guild will agree not to notice.
After all, they only slandered a bunch of cops and spread a bunch of bogus claims about someone who is charged with murder. Why should anyone care about that? What possible harm has been done?
For decades, the guild has worked this way. Our prediction: The guild won’t be saying a word.
Neither will the fiery “liberals” you’ve learned to love and trust. Your lizard brain will keep insisting that there must a very good reason.
The Republican brain on acid: With regard to those liberals, one small question:
According to Chris Mooney's new book, isn't this the way the Republican brain is supposed to work? Aren't we liberals supposed to adore the complexity and all the nuance?