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Saturday, September 18, 2004

Does the White House read BeldarBlog?

From Friday's WaTimes:

Privately, some Bush advisers said Mr. Rather has become part of the story and therefore should recuse himself from further coverage. They suggested a more objective journalist at CBS should begin aggressively pursuing the question of whether the documents were forged.

From Wednesday's BeldarBlog:

And just as as Rule 3.7(a) of the ABA's Model Rules of Professional Conduct is intended to protect public confidence in the integrity of the judicial system, so too does the SPJ's Code of Ethics counsel that a journalist who himself has become the story, not continue to cover the story .... The personal and professional conflicts of interest that Mr. Rather and his team have when they are investigating and reporting on that controversy could not be more obvious or more palpable.

Naw.  If the White House read BeldarBlog, they'd have fed the WaTimes a reference to the SPJ's Code of Ethics.  It seems more likely that someone at the White House — and no one at CBS News — understands some very basic principles of journalistic ethics.

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(1) Dan S made the following comment | Sep 18, 2004 8:32:02 AM | Permalink

Beldar,

At this point if there are not interns or analysts reading blogs someone needs to be fired. That doesn't mean they are going to read every blog, or catch everything they should. Or that what's read filters up to the ideal levels. But if MSM outlets are starting to catch on that blogs can do a lot of the research footwork for them (and the analysis too), and W's administration is as far ahead in vision as some claim, I just don't see how they can not be paying attention to what's said out here.

(2) Les Jones made the following comment | Sep 18, 2004 10:41:37 AM | Permalink

I noticed on Wednesday's broadcast that Wyatt Andrews covered the controversy over the docs. Rather was kept out of it.

(3) Beldar made the following comment | Sep 18, 2004 10:53:06 AM | Permalink

But Les, Rather did the lead-in, the ending, and the interview with Mrs. Knox.

He needs to be fired, but at a bare minimum, he needs to be completely off this story — on and off camera.

(4) Al made the following comment | Sep 18, 2004 11:27:04 AM | Permalink

There was a Lynne Cheney radio interview yesterday, and she pretty much said that she'd read about it widely on the internet. More than just the papers was implied.

(5) AzCat made the following comment | Sep 18, 2004 11:31:38 AM | Permalink

Lynne was on Hannity's show and she not only said that she reads blogs but that due to the CBS scandal she'd found some new ones.

(6) Mark V. made the following comment | Sep 18, 2004 1:17:44 PM | Permalink

After this story many many more people will be reading this blog and many others. I found out about this one (and I really like it) from chronicallybiased.com Houston

(7) Les Jones made the following comment | Sep 18, 2004 1:18:05 PM | Permalink

Beldar: Rather did the lead-in and ending, because that's what anchors do. There's no avoiding it.

The Knox interview was on 60 Minutes, not on the CBS Evening News.

(8) andrei made the following comment | Sep 18, 2004 4:35:46 PM | Permalink

Beldar,
in imho the Bush campaign not only reads Blogs but understood the power of them BEFORE Rathergate.

My theory is that after obtaining the Memos from CBS the Whitehouse released them KNOWING that they would attract the scrutiny of Bloggers and be revealed as fraudulent.

This tactic proved to be successful, probably more successful than the Whitehouse strategists originly hoped for.

Can you see when CBS posted the memos? Was this before or after the Whitehouse released them? Do you think CBS would have posted them if the Whitehouse asked for copies and released them?

(9) Beldar made the following comment | Sep 18, 2004 9:28:30 PM | Permalink

Andrei, as I understand it, the White House honored CBS' request to hold onto the copies CBS has furnished until CBS' broadcast hit the airwaves.

CBS posted the documents on its website within a couple or three hours after the broadcast. I blogged about them that night, but to my present chagrin, didn't immediately snap to their peculiarities.

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