The Moral of Box Turtle Ben: Don't Appease the Right-wing
by Matt Stoller, Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 08:54:01 AM EST
Journalists and editors should no longer appease the right-wing. It doesn't matter if it's hiring Ben Domenech or listening as Bush tries to convince you of the link between 9/11 and Saddam or that Iraq is now named 'flowers and candy land', journalists should no longer listen to the right-wing. Ken Mehlman's statements about Russ Feingold wanting to surrender to terrorists are no longer part of your story. Period. The idea that the media is hiding the good news in Iraq is not a story. Period.
Do not appease the right-wing. When you do, and when you treat the conservative movement as if they are a legitimate source of information, you end up with WMDs in Iraq, 9/11 linked to Saddam, or on a small scale, an unethical racist trashing the brand of the Washington Post and the career of Jim Brady.
Stop appeasing the right-wing. It's bad for you.