Dewey Defeats Truman?2006 Version
And in an utterly incomprehensible story in that same Inquirer titled "For the media, a bit of sympathy on miner story," Jeff Gammage quoted Drexel University psychologist James Herbert, a self-proclaimed news junkie, as saying:
I tend to have a degree of sympathy with the media. They're under constant pressure, twofold: one, to get the story right; the second, to get the story out.
Pardon my English, but this is all BS.
This isn't a case of "miscommunication," "bad timing" or "constant pressure."
What has occurred is a complete meltdown of journalistic competence across the entire United States.
My guess is that many of the stories were perpetrated by horses' asses who wanted to be able to regale their grandchildren about the time they yelled, "STOP THE PRESSES!"—which is every editor's dream.
Many in the media were flat-out unrepentant. Jack Lessenberry, ombudsman for The Toledo Blade, wrote, "We had the nation's major news services and governor of West Virginia saying the men were alive. I do not think a single editor in the country would have done things differently."
Why Jonathan Klein of CNN Should Be Fired
From the Jan. 5 online edition of Editor & Publisher:
Most bullish of all was CNN president Jonathan Klein, who offered no apologies and hailed his cable network's performance, which resulted in three hours of faulty coverage. He said the sourcing of the report that the men were alive was "pretty solid," adding: "This situation points to the strength of TV news coverage because we were able to correct as better information developed."
Gimme a break!
Instead of staying at the entrance of the mine and closely monitoring what was happening, CNN's new glamour boy, Cooper (son of Gloria Vanderbilt), was telling anyone and everyone that the miners were alive and asking for a comment. Hemmer of Fox News and Cosby of MSNBC were in town on the same mission.
- Alice Roosevelt Longworth
- Allen G. Breed
- Anderson Cooper
- Bennett K. Hatfield
- Bill Hemmer
- Bobby Bowden
- Donald S
- Franklin Roosevelt
- Gloria Vanderbilt
- Harry S
- Jack Lessenberry
- James Herbert
- Jeff Gammage
- Joe Paterno
- John F. Kennedy
- Jonathan Klein
- Larry Eichel
- Rita Cosby
- Theodore Roosevelt
- Thomas E. Dewey
- Truman Whistle-Stop Donald S. Dawson