Further Implications of the Newsweek Debacle
By Ed Driscoll · May 16, 2005 06:16 PM · Oh, That Liberal Media!
A commenter on Austin Bay's Weblog (who says he works for a mid-sized newspaper) makes a great point about how Newsweek's story directly impacts how the US as a whole is viewed by many in "the Arab Street" (to dust off a hoary old media cliche):
What the MSM does not seem to "get" down deep in those quiet sessions over a drink that help set the tone of their editorial policies is that large parts of the world do not follow the "we're neutral" meme. In large parts of the world what appears in the press is only at the instructions of the government, and people come to expect it. Freedom of the Press is a viable concept here; not so in large parts of the world, especially in a significant part of the Muslim world.Meanwhile, Will Collier has harsh words for Newsweek's Michael Isikoff:
As of yet, there's been no public word from the bogus story's authors, Mike "Spikey" Isikoff and John Barry. Since I haven't read anybody else saying it yet, I'll jump up and be the first: they should be fired, at a bare minimum. The editors who allowed the bogus story to run should be fired. Richard M. Smith, the editor-in-chief of the magazine, should resign in disgrace, or be fired himself.Meanwhile, Will's partner in Stoli writes:
Yes, Newsweek and Michael Isikoff screwed up.I think that's exactly right: "The Brutal Afghani Winter" and the Blogosphere's corrections didn't change anything in big media. Abu Ghraib, and the Blogosphere's context didn't change anything in big media. "Christmas in Cambodia" didn't change anything in big media. And neither did RatherGate.
Steve Green adds, "Change will come. Someday, someday, eventually – maybe. But not today. Not over this."
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