I keep trying to write a post about the orgy of praise being heaped on UPI reporter Pam Hess by the right wing blogosphere for her remarks on Reliable Sources, but I can not seem to come up witha fitting and appropriate level of sarcasm. Her remarks:
It’s so much easier for us to cover this as a political horse race. It’s on the cover of “The New York Times” today, what this means for the ‘08 election. But we’re not asking the central national security question, because it seems that if as a reporter you do ask the national security question, all of a sudden you’re carrying Bush’s water. There are national security questions at stake, and we’re ignoring them and the country is getting screwed.
In other words- all those other reporters- they are not doing their jobs. But Pam Hess is asking the brave questions.
In case you are wondering, this isn’t the first time Pam Hess has been the go-to girl for the right and has bravely asked questions the rest of the media won’t. Here is the Instapundit linking previously to Pam Hess (once again from Reliable Sources):
If there’s a criticism to be made of the American media…[it] is that we are quite vigilant about U.S. propaganda. We are less so about insurgent propaganda. The 24-hour news cycle feeds into that, but we don’t quite know what to do with the information that they send us, so it becomes he said-she said reporting.
Yawn. In other words, this is precisely what I have stated over and over and over again. It isn’t that the right hates the media. They just hate the media when they aren’t saying exactly what they want them to say. The insinuation that people are not looking at the long-term outcomes of the policies in Iraq (except for the noble stay the course crowd) is not only stupid, it is offensive. Pam Hess isn’t bravely uncovering a hidden secret about the way the media operates, she is doing little more than helping to prep the “Stab-in-the-back” crowd as soon as the Iraq disaster finally ends.