Reflections In A Bloodshot Eye
By Ed Driscoll · May 11, 2007 11:57 AM · Oh, That Liberal Media!
Despite all that CBS has done for them over the years, crafting special reports with nuanced language such as this, and tracking down incredibly rare documents from the pioneering Microsoft Word beta testers at the 1972 Texas Air National Guard, how does their audience treat them these days? Check out this quote from CBS News executive Linda Mason:
I'm just surprised at how, almost 30 years after I worked on the "Evening News" as the first woman producer, that Katie is having such a tough time being accepted by the public, which seems to prefer the news from white guys, and now that Charlie's doing so well, from older white guys. I guess they want the reassurance of a Walter Cronkite.Ed Morrissey writes: "Got that, America? Its not Katie's fault, and it's not that CBS stinks at putting together a compelling news show. We're all a bunch of misogynistic bigots"--thus making Katie, with her multimillion dollar annual salary, "America's Sweetest Victim", as Ed dubs her, adding:
Of course, the career of this gentleman might address the race card that Mason blithely tosses to protect her network's incompetence. Bernard Shaw spent twenty years at CNN, taking the news network from a blip to the point where it eclipsed news organizations like CBS. During that time, plenty of women had handled anchor desk duties at other times of their 24-hour news programming, and it didn't seem to slow down CNN's progress one whit.In the past, it was possible for television news to bury a disaster like RatherGate, by making them sort of Orwellian unevents by refusing to refer back to them (sort of like their conscious decision to bury the radical chic backgrounds of their pet politicians). That's a lot harder to do in the age of the Internet, where information regarding Dan Rather's reign of error at CBS is merely a click away, and thousands of bloggers are all too eager to respond in kind when the event that he oversaw occurs, or when an executive such as Mason wants to trash her audience.
Update: Greg Pollowitz observes Katie-the-uber-blogger in action.
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