Monday, April 11, 2005

Back To The Future

Here's a tricky little situation...the Associated Press posted an article with this lede at about 7:30 am:

"Undersecretary of State John R. Bolton faced tough questioning Monday from Senate Democrats on his nomination to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Republicans were looking for swift approval from the Foreign Relations Committee."

The only problem is, this hearing on Bolton's ridiculous nomination hasn't happened yet. It's about to start in like three minutes.

So either the DNC got on the horn with the AP and told them to expect fireworks, or the AP guessed that some theatrics would take place. Either way, this is what the media has become: pre-reporters.

Now, I don't think there's anything really malicious here. I mean, sports reporters often write the article during the game and just plug in the lede after it's finished. And I don't think this is a question of an AP reporter trying to manufacture the news. If you'll notice, there's no result here -- the article never says whether he was confirmed or not, whether the vote was close or not. So it's probably just a question of some editor flipping the wrong switch.

But this just shows us how full of rank amateurs our nation's media is, especially the old guard's most respected outlets like the AP and New York Times. Rank fucking amateurs.

C'mon, media, yer better than that.


At 10:08 AM, Blogger Wooglin said...

Certainly an interesting reporting phenomenon. Here is an even more reprehensible abuse of reporter discretion.

At 10:22 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

That's messed up, Woogie. No frock coats for you.

Here's a funny link though:

At 10:56 AM, Blogger Wooglin said...

Damn. That kinda freaked me out.

At 12:22 PM, Anonymous Back Page Phil said...

This is just another instance of the media trying to frame the news to create a horse race mentality where there's a clear cut winner and loser. It's just another example of how the media is driven by sales rather than a duty to report the news objectively

At 1:29 PM, Blogger Shakespeare's Sister said...

Dewey Beats Truman! :)

At 1:39 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Good point, Shakes. Maybe this isn't such a recent occurrence. But this wasn't just a "predicting the outcome" kind of thing, this was a "Here's the story before it happens" thing.

As we say here, craisins.

At 11:08 PM, Blogger John Howard said...


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