Friday, June 04, 2010

Another Example of How Not to Write

Earlier, I had used a Left in The West posting by Cowgirl as an example of shoddy writing.  Little did I know, that she was following in the footsteps of "real" journalists.  For example, take this story which describes an aide to former Gov. Palin.  The actual title of the article is especially fun:

Sarah Palin aide Fred Malek helped former President Richard Nixon dump Jews from government

Now, from this it would appear as if Mr. Malek is an unrepentant anti-Semite, someone more akin to Rachel Corry, or the Gaza flotilla brigade than any decent human would want to be.  Except if you actually read the article, you find out 
"As Mr. Malek has said before, he has made mistakes in his life for which he has apologized, atoned and learned from," Malek's spokesman Mark Corallo said.. . . . .

Many prominent Jews have rallied behind Malek, a successful GOP businessman and philanthropist, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), The Washington Post reported.
So the question has to be asked, why is this newsworthy?  Again from the article:
The Democratic Party fired off at least 13 e-mails to reporters blasting Malek - who ran George H.W. Bush's 1992 campaign - and forwarded unflattering stories about the new tape.
And the answer is- it is only newsworthy to the Democratic Party.  And the FTC wants you to pay a tax to maintain this kind of "journalism?"

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