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Jay Rosen, Major Garrett and the MSM’s Self-Congratulation

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The Fox News Channel’s Major Garrett made another appearance on the program this evening, following up on his blockbuster story yesterday. Among other things, Garrett got confirmation from the head of the Red cross –on camera– of the Louisian State Department of Homeland Security’s blocking of the delivery of relief supplies to the Superdome and the Convention Center. In addition, Garrett received confirmation from senior Salvation Army officials in Washington, D.C. that the Salvation Army’s efforts at supplying the evacuees were also repeatedly blocked. Radioblogger will have the transcript up later, but the key takeaway was when I asked Garrett if characterizing Louisian’s preparation for the storm as “abysmal” was accurate and he confirmed that indeed it was. Read the whole thing.

I also asked Garrett why no other network is on this story. He can’t offer an answer for that, event hough he points out that this isn’t a hard story to get, and Fox News needn’t be credited. All CNN has to do (or MSNBC or CBS) is call the Red Cross and get a camera over there.

Of course that would interfere with the “blame Bush” conclusion being pushed by Jacked-up Jack Cafferty and Campbell Brown etc.

NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen, a thoughtful lefty, as a long post up on the conduct of MSM these past two weeks. He gently raises the issue of whether all the preening by MSM talking heads, all the faux anger and all the “hard-hitting” commentary is really worth a bucket of spit. Read his commentary here. Radioblogger will transcribe my interview of Professor Rosen and have it up on the web later.

You can guess what I think.

I ran out of time before I could ask Professor Rosen about this picture.


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