Wild Ass Retraction of the Day: ToMoCo NOT Bailing Out GM
When I heard Sean Hannity blather on about “the death of journalism” re: the mainstream media’s coverage of the current presidential election, I paid the conservative talkmeister scant attention. Even if the press is in the tank for Obama, it’s not like the situation is analogous to living in Mother Russia during Pravda’s Stalinist heyday, when the KGB had about as much tolerance for dissent as Saddam Hussein’s thugs. Check it: Hannity’s got his airwaves. The “liberal press” have theirs. And everybody and their mother has the internet. But now that I’ve been following the GM – Chrysler merger story, I beginning to wonder if Mr. U.R. A Great American may have a point. I, for one, am not fooled for an instant by the automotive press’ unrelenting reliance on “unnamed sources” for their reporting on the creation of American Leyland. GM PR is spoon-feeding the press, no one’s admitting it and that’s that. But Jesus, did Reuters stop to think for ONE SECOND that GM might NOT have contacted Toyota for help? If we can see that a source isn’t reputable from friggin’ Rhode Island, WTH is wrong with Reuters’ Asian reporters? And what kind of bullshit is it when a supposedly reputable news agency retracts its story by repeating it? Media pros bemoan the ethics and standards of internet-based “citizen journalists.” Puh-lease.
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