Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Jay Carney is Time's Washington bureau chief and the hardest working man in journalism:

Carney today:
I have a piece on raising the curtain on Fred Thompson's announcement tonight that he is, offocially and finally, a candidate in the GOP presidential primary. Yes, he's appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno rather than in Manchester at the GOP presidential primary debate hosted by Fox News' Chris Wallace. [...]
From the comments thread:
Posted by Darren
September 5, 2007

Hey Jay, the debate is in Durham, not Manchester. Although you do have the correct state. Where do you blog from, your bedroom?
Posted by Andy from Maine
September 5, 2007

"Darren: Hey Jay, the debate is in Durham, not Manchester. Although you do have the correct state. Where do you blog from, your bedroom?"

You mean a bureau chief from a major US weekly has to be accuarate in his reporting? I'm shocked, Darren, shocked that you would have such high expectations. What else would do you expect from Time's stenographer-in-residence?
A friend remarked, in the wake of Carney's dismissal earlier this year of Josh Marshall's reporting on the attorney firing, that "Carney's lazy". He sure is.



I found this in the Wikipedia:

On January 23, 2007, Carney wrote in the Swampland group blog,

"In late 1994 and early 1995, President Clinton was in free fall. His aides despaired. They worried he might never recover from the shellacking the Democrats took in the 1994 mid-term elections. His approval ratings were mired in the 30's, and seemed unlikely to rise. When Clinton delivered his State of the Union address in January 1995, his first with Newt Gingrich and Bob Dole seated behind him as Speaker and Senate Majority Leader, he looked out at an audience of Democrats who blamed him for losing their majorities and of Republicans who were already convinced he would be a one-term president.[2]"

In fact, Clinton's approval ratings had reached 37% in 1993, but by 1994 and 1995 they had risen into the 40s and 50s[3]. Also, Vice President Al Gore not Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole was seated behind President Clinton. These innacuracies caused hundreds of blog commenters to demand a correction. In a subsequent post, Carney wrote that the commenters' reactions about non-factual matters, "proves nothing but that the left is as full of unthinking Ditto-heads as Limbaugh-land."[4] This caused a blogswarm of comments and posts in other blogs. The two Swampland posts, taken together, had received over 900 comments by the end of the day.

Accuracy is for suckers, not a guy who's moved beyond being a mere reporter.

By Anonymous The Dark Avenger, at 9/06/2007 6:35 AM  

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