Monday, October 30, 2006


Another Pundit Says National Media Out-of-touch With Tennessee Politics

Last week, I posted that it was amazing how little the national media knew about the Senate race here in Tennessee. This was even more prevalent when I watched FoxNews - FOXNEWS, of all networks - refer to Harold Ford, Jr. as pro-life. (Take note, kids - as I have said here on many an occasion - if you want an easy job with no accountability as to your performance, pay tuition for four years and get handed a degree in journalism or meteorology.)

It seems that another has noted the ignorance of the national media during this election cycle(besides all of those readers who commented, and to whom I hope to respond if time allows, from Glenn Reynolds' Instalanche last week). Dave Oatney smacks down Hardball in a post today.

If you want to know what is happening in Tennessee, folks, stick to a Tennessee source. The problem for us comes when we want to know what is happening in other states. In this day and age, it is probably safe to find a blog in that state and count on them. At least then the bias is usually out in the open.

Mr. Huddleston,

I'm sorry, I was under the impression that you were an attorney, not a journalist. As a result, I have been racking my brain as to how you would purport to know so much about a profession of which you are not a part.

This is how it works: I wouldn't criticize the institution and inner-workings of law, because I'm not attending law school, nor am I ever going to be an attorney.

I have paid tuition for four years, and will graduate with a degree in journalism. Considering that there are many fields of journalism that have absolutely nothing to do with politics, I may or may not end up in that arena. But I can assure you--it will not be easy.

Yes, the media has problems. As do lawyers, doctors, and virtually every other profession on the face of the Earth. But degrading those who work hard furthers no cause. It deepens the divide and ignorance.
You did nothing at all to address what Rob said in his post here...and it is incredibly elitist for you to say that just because someone is not a journalist by profession, they have no right to comment on the accuracy of the national press.

That kind of attitude is precisely the problem with the national press today....take it from somebody with journalism experience. If you don't believe me, you can ask one of my best friends, who got his masters in journalism from Northwestern (one of the country's best journalism schools) and was stationed at the AP's Jerusalem bureau. He will tell you the same thing that Rob has said and I have said-when it cimes to reporting elections, the national press is very often full of crap.
Kara -

"... and as the executive editor of a newspaper, with educational stints in medical school and law school."

I have been in the inner workings of journalism, so I do know of what I speak.

I am sorry that you are offended, but I obviously offend lots of people on this site.

As for "working hard," that is a valuable character trait, but it isn't much more. Lots of pro-abortion people work hard. Heck, lots of criminals work hard. I hope the day doesn't come where "working hard" insulates one from criticism.


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