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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

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 "The liberal media:" a right-wing myth

Joe Conason says that James Guckert is proof that "the liberal media" is but a figment of right-wing mythology:
Were the American media truly liberal — or merely unafraid to be called liberal — the saga of Mr. Guckert’s short, strange, [gay prostitution,] quasi-journalistic career would be resounding across the airwaves....

Imagine the media explosion if a male escort had been discovered operating as a correspondent in the Clinton White House. Imagine that he was paid by an outfit owned by Arkansas Democrats and had been trained in journalism by James Carville. Imagine that this gentleman had been cultivated and called upon by Mike McCurry or Joe Lockhart—or by President Clinton himself. Imagine that this "journalist" had smeared a Republican Presidential candidate and had previously claimed access to classified documents in a national-security scandal.

Then imagine the constant screaming on radio, on television, on Capitol Hill, in the Washington press corps—and listen to the placid mumbling of the "liberal" media now.

Exactly.

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