Crony journalism

Joe Klein’s defense of warrantless eavesdropping and telecom amnesty

There is a lot of debate about what accounts for the decrepit state of our political press, but often overlooked is the sheer sloth and ignorance of journalists, who repeat what they are told without having any idea what they are talking about. Last night, Time’s Joe Klein tried to explain why he supports the “Protect America Act” enacted by Congress in August that, in essence, allowed the administration to eavesdrop on all international telephone calls of Americans without warrants.

It’s really very simple, the TimeWarner empire includes cable providers, including Internet service providers. TimeWarner is almost certainly complicit in NSA abuses and faces potential legal liabilities. Klien is not acting as a journalist, Klien is a PR agent acting under color of journalism.

Incidentally, The Washington Post Corp. also includes internet service providers as do other news conglomorets. That will certainly drive their coverage.

Edit -
Why the Silence on Tice’s Revelations
? answer: because they are complicit.

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8 Responses to “Crony journalism”


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  2. 2 chicago dyke January 23, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    i’m going to email you a rotten tomato for making me click that link to read Joke Line. ;-)

    of course they want immunity. their masters have made that very plain to them: be of one voice on this issue, and crush all who dissent.

  3. 3 Per Kurowski February 5, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    In the UK, Sir Fred Goodwin was recently stripped of his “Sir”. That is not a bad or uncivilized way to shame those who seemingly have done society wrong. But, in all justice, should we not also strip for instance the Financial Times of its honorable motto, because of what looks to be crony journalism? http://bit.ly/ACwkT9


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