The Today Show's Shame
"This race to the bottom by the establishment media leaves the progressive netroots in a quandary: if the only thing these so-called 'journalists' want is to create an uproar, how do we respond? Some bloggers advocate ignoring slime-traffickers like Coulter and Glenn Beck, others attack them for the scum they peddle. My preferred tactic is to excoriate the media outlet that gives them a forum - it may play into their need for attention, but I think it's imperative for us to create a public record of these media transgressions..."With that in mind, read this:
"A spokesperson for NBC Today, Lauren Kapp, has responded to our questions about the show's willingness to give a platform to Ann Coulter, helping her sell a book in which she opined that the 9/11 widows are "enjoying their husband's deaths." Short version: The show is leaving the door open to future Coulter appearances. And it's not directly answering whether that means they see her assertions as falling within their standards of discourse, taste, or civility."
It's not just the Today Show legitimizing Coulter's filth. Now there's TIME's John Cloud giving Coulter the platform to "fire back" at her critics ... if you're curious about Cloud, here's a 2005 item from Eric Alterman:
"Time’s cover story/whitewash of Ann Coulter, here, will make it impossible for serious people to accept what the magazine reports at face-value ever again. It is as if Time had contracted a journalistic venereal disease from Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly and is now seeking to lower itself to their level in pursuit of their ideologically-obsessed audiences."
Media Matters covered the fallout from Cloud's piece:
"Defending his 5,800-word cover story on right-wing pundit Ann Coulter in an online interview, Time writer John Cloud used all manner of ad hominem attacks -- including against Coulter, the original subject of his whitewash profile -- but few facts. Apparently stung by widespread criticism over Time's decision to feature Coulter on the cover, Cloud invoked the ultimate distancing technique, comparing Coulter to Josef Stalin and Adolf Hitler.
In the interview, posted on the Columbia Journalism Review's CJR Daily weblog, Cloud also went after journalist Eric Alterman over Alterman's scathing commentary on the Coulter profile: "I think maybe Eric and Ann are in the same bunch. They also, by the way, use the same language." That's a bizarre accusation; as far as we know, Alterman, who has written a number of critically acclaimed books, has never lamented that the New York Times building wasn't blown up or suggested that a sitting president should be assassinated. He has never slurred Muslims or women or disabled Vietnam veterans.
But Cloud -- ostensibly a "hard news" reporter -- saved his most caustic vitriol for Media Matters for America and its president and CEO, David Brock. After CJR interviewer Brian Montopoli quoted from Eric Alterman's take on the Time article -- which quoted Media Matters' item on the subject -- Cloud responded by attacking Media Matters..."