Killer “journalism”

Yesterday on the drive from SFO to Palo Alto, I hit SCAN on the rental car radio. Aside from the sports shows and the still-awesome KPIG (with a little signal on 1510 out of Oakland… check it out), most of what I heard was partisanship at all costs.

Eventually you get slips like this one on Fox News, by the formerly substantive journalist Liz Trotta. What began as a slip of the tongue ended with a slip of the mind that is just freaking scary.

Sez Trotta,

I am so sorry about what happened yesterday and the lame attempt at humor. I fell all over myself, making it appear that I wished Barack Obama harm, or any other candidate, for that matter, and I sincerely regret it and apologize to anybody I have offended. It is a very colorful political season, and many of us are making mistakes and saying things we wish we had not said.

… but saying things which, at some level, we still mean. That level in this case is a warped and degraded form of conservatism, dressed as news and delivered as entertainment. Again, partisanship at all costs.

What Liz Trotta told her audience was to hate Obama as much as it hates Osama. And to trivalize the advice, all in one move. Were any unhinged future assassins watching? Let’s hope not.


  1. Chip’s avatar

    I take most anything from Fox with 50lb bag of salt

    Much more insidious was the Hillary/Bobby Kennedy “slip up”

    If you have to listen to Fox, try the old curmodgen Dick Morris
    Clinton and Wallace :
    But note bad blood between Dick and the Clintons


  2. Ed Kelly’s avatar

    He’s dead man walking already.

  3. Doc Searls’s avatar

    Ed, what makes you so sure?

    I ask that even though I’ve feared the same thing from the beginning. Still, I’m curious.

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