April 03, 2007

Ware Outburst Apology

As noted in an update to this post, Matt Drudge apparently got April-fooled when he posted a "Drudge Exclusive" that CNN reporter Michael Ware heckled John McCain during a press conference in Baghdad. Video of the press conference shows that Ware did not say or do anything unprofessional during the press conference.

I typically do "that journalistic thing" and try to find a corroborating source for any news article I write about, but that isn't always easy to get, especially in the case of exclusives. As a result, when I run across an exclusive, I try to judge the credibility of the source, and the apparent validity of the information based on surrounding events.

In this particular case I had to consider the source, Matt Drudge. Drudge does occasionally screw up on his exclusives, but typically, as a news aggregator, his site turns out to be more often than not accurate. I'm sure that there are those of you who will dispute this, but don't confuse the accuracy of what he typically features on his site with the apparent bias he harbors in deciding which stories to promote.

Michael Ware had just spoken derisively of John McCain, and so it seemed possible that the events could occur. It seemed that the story could be accurate, based upon Ware's recent outburst and a pattern of reporting that betrays his biases.

Those of us who linked the Drudge account, including myself, screwed up and linked to an inaccurate story. I apologize to my readers.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at April 3, 2007 08:07 AM

Thanks, CY. This is much better than the "UPDATE" other sites append to the very bottom of the offending post.

Posted by: Doc Washboard at April 3, 2007 08:51 AM

If you can just get to about a 90% error rate and offer no apologies or corrections, you will qualify as Main Stream Media.

Posted by: old_dawg at April 3, 2007 11:01 AM

Thanks for clearing that up, CY.

To show Ware's bias or unreasonableness you quoted him as saying: I don't know what part of Neverland Senator McCain is talking about when he says we can go strolling in Baghdad. It has since emerged that McCain assembled a small army to escort him on his stroll through Baghdad. McCain's hypocrisy exonerates Ware's comment, right?

FWIW I don't know anything about Ware. All I'm addressing is the one remark.

Posted by: Lex Steele at April 3, 2007 11:34 AM

The pro victory senator and presidential candidate had an appropriate security detail. No it is not hypocrisy and does not exonerate Ware's comment.

Posted by: Eddie Colletta at April 3, 2007 02:33 PM


You believe that McCain requires 100 soldiers, 3 Blackhawks, 2 Apaches and a bulletproof vest for a stroll through a safe neighborhood. What do you suppose he would require in an unsafe neighborhood?

You may as well argue that the earth is flat.

Posted by: Lex Steele at April 3, 2007 03:27 PM

Lex, he wasn't wearing a helmet. Maybe he was saving that for Detroit.

Not only did he take extraordinary measures for his own safety he put everyone in the markets lives at even more risk than usual in an attempt to try prove his boneheaded statement correct.

And the next day 22 people from that market were murdered.

Posted by: esther at April 6, 2007 08:35 PM