At least one honest reporter about Iraq pre-war coverage

There is at least one honest reporter willing to talk about how the media didn't do it's job in the Iraq pre-war coverage.

Even though the media has long been painted as liberal, I think they have actually been much tougher on the Democrats. How many times have Hillary and Obama been attacked by the media for a gaffe. While McCain makes one gaffe after another and gets away with it. And I would argue that most of the one's McCain makes are serious ones. In fact, I think we should be spending less time attacking one another, Clinton-Obama supporter, and focus more of our attention on McCain.

Jessica Yellin on CNN mentioned the following,

"And my own experience at the White House was that the higher the president's approval ratings, the more pressure I had from news executives -- and I was not at this network at the time -- but the more pressure I had from news executives to put on positive stories about the president, I think over time...."

But then a shocked Cooper jumped in, asking, "You had pressure from news executives to put on positive stories about the president?"

"Not in that exact.... They wouldn't say it in that way, but they would edit my pieces," Yellin said. "They would push me in different directions. They would turn down stories that were more critical, and try to put on pieces that were more positive. Yes, that was my experience."

It was at a time when she wasn't working for CNN, but rather another network. No, not Foxnews. Hint: Ran a horrible debate. Which now makes more sense since it sounded like a Republican talking points debate. Begins with A and ends with C. ;)

http://www.politico.com/blogs/michaelcal derone/0508/CNNs_Yellin_Network_execs_ki lled_critical_White_House_stories_.html

Tags: ABC, coverage, Iraq War, Jessica Yellin, reporters (all tags)

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Re: At least one honest reporter

ABC being biased towards president Bush and the republicans?  

I am soooo SHOCKED.  VERY SHOCKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by rf7777 2008-05-29 08:14AM | 0 recs

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