Monday, March 27, 2006
The Liberals We Love:
Designated Driver of the Collaborator News Network
WISDOM. Lest anyone think Bill O'Reilley is the loudest braying donkey of cable news, we'd like to commend Jack Cafferty to your attention. He works for a little station in Atlanta that has about 4,500 regular viewers, which explains why you may never have heard of him. But that doesn't mean he isn't as big a crude, stupid boor as they come. His usual position is that he knows everything there is to know. For example, he single-handedly ended the recent controversy about whether the mainstream media are reporting too negatively on Iraq:
Cafferty's comments followed a discussion between Wolf Blitzer and CNN's Reliable Sources host Howard Kurtz on the subject of Iraq war coverage. He dismissed any question of the media's role in covering Iraq, and placed all the blame directly on "politicians":
"You know, I just have a question. I mean, part of the coverage, they don't like the coverage, maybe because we were sold a different ending to this story three years ago. We were told that we'd be embraced as conquering heroes; flower petals strewn in the soldiers' paths; a unity government would be formed; everything would be rosy; this, three years after the fact, the troops would be home. Well, it's not turning out that way, and if somebody came into New York City and blew up St. Patrick's Cathedral and in the resulting days they were finding 50 and 60 dead bodies a day on the streets of New York, you suppose the news media would cover it? You're damn right they would! This is nonsense, it's the media's fault and the news isn't good in Iraq. The news isn't good in Iraq. There's violence in Iraq. People are found dead every day in the streets of Baghdad. This didn't turn out the way the politicians told us it would. And it's our fault? I beg to differ..."
Before the segment ended, Blitzer applauded Cafferty for speaking his mind: "I love it, Jack, when you tell our viewers how you really feel about an issue, and you just did. Thanks very much."
It's not worth pointing out, we suppose, that the mission of journalists is not to wreak vengeance for disappointed personal expectations, but to communicate clear and accurate information to the public about what is happening right now. Nor would it elicit any thoughtful response from Mr. Cafferty, we're sure, to ask him why it is that both U.S. military personnel on the ground and Iraqi bloggers are among the most vocal in declaring that the U.S. mainstream media refuse to report many developments that could easily be interpreted as good news.
We won't list those here, because they are available in many locations throughout the blogosphere, and we've decided to follow Mr. Cafferty's lead in this post, ignoring the positive in favor of the negative because his network disappointed us so badly years ago by refusing to report the mass murders and rapes of the Saddam regime in exchange for palace access.
It's actually a pretty easy way to operate. For example, we researched Jack Cafferty's career in several places (here and here) and discovered the following.
Cafferty formerly co-anchored CNN's weekday morning broadcast, American Morning, but he doesn't anymore. Ratings? Now he just hosts a weekend show about money and does some stints of punditry with Wolf Blitzer. Prior to CNN, he spent half his career as a TV host and news reader for a local station in New York City. Before that he worked in small hick markets like Des Moines, Iowa, and Reno, Nevada. There's no indication in any of his bios that he ever saw the inside of a college, served in the military, wrote a book or newspaper column, or acquired any direct experience in foreign policy. His period of greatest fame was probably the immediate aftermath of a traffic accident in which his car ran down a bicycle and he pleaded to leaving the scene of an accident to avoid jail time. Still, he has won some awards over the years, including the usual self-congratulatory crap from the MSM, as well as a Third Place in the Media Research Council's 2005 DisHonors Awards and one of Hugh Hewitt's prestigious Nutter Awards. Frankly, to us, his career seems a hopeless quagmire.
Don't blame us, Jack. According to you, that's how journalism is supposed to be done.
Unless Tom Berenger has a better way.