Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Media Alerts

Hugh Hewitt was on CNBC's Kudlow & Cramer this afternoon, discussing the Eason Jordan scandal. Mr. Kudlow was very gracious with his compliments of Instapundit, Hugh Hewitt, and Power Line in particular. Kudlow is "with it" when it comes to the new information flow.

Brit Hume also mentioned the story in Special Report's Grapevine segment (Fox News). This story is finally breaking through to the MSM. And Hannity & Colmes just teased that they will also be talking about it tonight. Evidently, there is a video of Jordan's remarks in Davos, and when it surfaces, that should be the final nail.

For those just now tuning in, please check out my earlier posts (here and here) on Eason Jordan. I believe this issue is a big deal. And Jim Geraghty at National Review's TKS blog had this to say (hat tip, Vodka Pundit):

If the Davos organizers refuse to release it, and CNN refuses to call for its release, and the BBC refuses to call for its release, and every other news agency refuses to call for its release...

...then remember this, the next time the media gets up on a high horse about the public's right to know. Remember this the next time Dick Cheney has a meeting with energy executives. Remember this the next time reporters complain about Bush not holding enough press conferences, and not doing enough interviews. Remember this the next time they talk about the importance of a free press, and an informed citizenry.

Because it's all conditional. None of this applies when the situation includes a media executive says something in a big forum that he later realizes he doesn't want the public to hear. Then all of a sudden, none of this matters, because it's bad form for other news agencies to look into the story if he wants it to go away. "Bad manners, old chap. We journalists have to stick together."

In my view, this scandal is a small example of what has been going on with big media for years. They know better. They will tell you what you need to know. They will tell you what's important. You don't need to hear about this. You are too stupid to understand that.

Times they are a changin'.

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