The Media's Role in the Swift Boating of Kerry
Greg Sargent nails it:
"The Times has just posted a piece which is simultaneously poignant and infuriating. Apparently the Swift Boat Liars who destroyed John Kerry's 2004 candidacy are still alive and well, and Kerry is still at war with them. A year and a half after his loss, he's going at them more aggressively than ever....
One of the key themes of this blog will be that a big problem with political reporting today is that its practitioners simply refuse to acknowledge their own role in shaping public perceptions. Thus it is that this Times piece can blithely observe that "the charges stuck" as if this happened by magic, when in fact the real reason this happened is that the media simply failed to be skeptical and aggressive at an absolutely critical moment. That failure, of course, is one of the reasons that Kerry is still a Senator -- and is still battling the Swifties today."