Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Politico's Failure to Respond and Overt Falsehoods Raise Questions

I like Professor William Jacobson's take on Politico's failure to respond to questions on its journalistic ethics.

John Nolte adds fuel to the fire on Politico's lack of journalistic ethics as well as its failing journalistic competence.
"Huge headline at Politico: Herman Cain now recalls 'couple of other' items in accusers complaint

"Opening paragraph of the story:
'Herman Cain once again revised his account of the sexual harassment allegations he battled in the 1990s, saying in a TV interview he recalled there were additional 'ridiculous' items in his accuser’s complaint, beyond the single incident he detailed Monday.'"
. . .

"[Politico is] gleefully looking to tie Cain up in what they will claim are contradictory statements, because we all remember the exact details of what happened 15 or so years ago, correct?

"Oddly enough, though, it looks as though Politico can’t remember what happened yesterday, because later an 'update' was added to their story. Yes, an update found waaaaaay at the bottom of the story and that explosive headline is this:
"'UPDATE: Christian Heinze points out that Cain mentioned in his interview with Greta Van Susteren yesterday that there had been additional 'simple stuff' in the harassment complaint, but said he couldn't recall the details. NRA's general counsel 'may have told me what incidents that she might have included in the claim, but all today, as I've been getting beat up, I've been trying to recall what some of those things were and haven't been able to recall a lot of them because that's why they got dismissed,' Cain said on Fox. 'It was no basis because it was simple stuff.'"
So, the price the public pays for Politico's free "news" is indexed to its value. Zero. Or maybe they should be paying those who are cleaning up their messes. Heh.


Ten Mile Island said...

Terrence, this is stupid stuff.

T. D. said...

Yes, indeedy. :-)

MAX Redline said...

POLITICO is generally leftist in orientation, so it's unsurprising.

T. D. said...

Max, their leftism is unsurprising; their journalistic incompetence is becoming so as well.