October 09, 2008

Watching the Watchers

What's more fun that getting a press pass to see Sarah Palin speak at your alma mater? Getting a seat where you can watch every move of the press corps.

Watching the Palin Watchers, at PJM.

Update: I just watched the press in action. A local reporter had a chance to listen to them today.

As you might have heard, I am covering the McCain/Palin appearance today. At the media breakfast at the Pfister Hotel about an hour ago, you would simply not believe the vicious, nasty conversation I just overheard between several "elite" media types from the McClatchey news service, AP, and a couple of other sources I didn't quite catch. Over the course of just a few minutes, I heard that "Sean Hannity gives Dick Cheney the best head of his life," and that he and Lou Dobbs are "mean-spirited sycophants," and that McCain himself is "angry" and "crusty. One even recalled a recent campaign event at which Sarah Palin autographed a supporter's Bible, prompting this "objective" journalist to remark "these people terrify me." And this was just in the span of a 10 minute conversation! I simply cannot believe that these are the people entrusted to cover the McCain/Palin campaign fairly and accurately. I have never before wanted to do a show like yours quite as badly as I do right now--so that I can expose these people for who they really are: unabashed, unashamed partisans whose callous, bitter attitude towards conservatives very clearly permeates their work.
Posted by Confederate Yankee at October 9, 2008 11:47 AM

I'm shocked. SHOCKED! /sarc

Posted by: douglas at October 9, 2008 04:32 PM

We know why the local pressie is hesitant to speak up but frankly that is a copout. If you are going to take on the duties of reporter with all that supposedly implies you should be willing to risk professional approbrium as, supposedly, journalistic ethics should lead one to jail rather than violate them. This is an important story; the explicit hatred of Republicans by media figures and their illegitimate interference in the electoral process. If our local media types do not do this who will?

Posted by: megapotamus at October 9, 2008 05:53 PM

Names should be named

Posted by: toby928 at October 9, 2008 08:03 PM

meg, unfortunately this person may be the head of household with a pregnant wife for all we know. Sometimes it might not be realistic. This person's job would obviously be in jeapordy if he/she were to speak up

Posted by: Capitalist Infidel at October 10, 2008 07:05 PM