Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Missing the Point Becomes an Art Form

Scott Hogenson, executive editor of Cybercast News Service, is disappointed that the "Left" hasn't made an all-out effort to discredit Garrett Graff, a college newspaper reporter-turned-blogger who was issued a day pass to the White House Press Corps.

He seems to be trying to imply that there's some kind of special "Lefty Hypocrisy(tm)," because Mr. Graff has little journalism experience:
As for journalism experience, an issue of grave concern among liberal critics, The New York Times reports that Graff's news background includes editing the Harvard Crimson and being the progeny of an AP reporter. Whoop-de-do.

The implication here is that a complete lack of any journalism experience (Gannon/Guckert) is the same as college journalism. The missed point: becoming editor of the premiere publication of Harvard University is not exactly the same cake-walk as paying a few bucks for a propaganda class.

In order to make his point sound more impressive than it is, the author has left out some critical details about Mr. Graff's credentials. Mr. Graff:
  1. Was deputy national press secretary on Howard Dean's presidential campaign.
  2. Was both a news writer and executive editor at the Harvard Crimson, where he wrote more news articles than any other writer in half-a-century.
  3. Interned at ABCNews' Political Unit.
  4. Interned at the Atlantic Monthly.

In contrast, Mr. Gannon/Guckert paid for a propaganda course.

Let's go back to the Cybercast News Service story:
The much larger issue here is one that reveals the staggering duplicity of liberal media watchers. Will the hatred that chased Gannon from his job manifest itself in manufactured outrage over the fact that Graff's professional background is paper thin? Will obsessed liberals scour the Internet for clues as to whether Graff likes boys or girls? Will anguished cries be raised over Graff's connections with the head of the Democratic Party?

... Instead of simply toasting themselves after eradicating a conservative from the White House Press Corps, the Left Wing went into full destruction mode. Rather than extolling the virtues of the alternate lifestyle Gannon allegedly embraced, he was vilified for it by those who traffic in phony pleas for diversity, inclusion and tolerance.

There's a frame-a-palooza here. Did you see these Keywords?

  • "staggering,"
  • "duplicity,"
  • "hatred,"
  • "manufactured,"
  • "obsessed,"
  • "anguished"
  • "phony"

Overall, these paragraphs attempt to paint the investigation of Mr. Gannon/Guckert's 2-plus year propaganda-perma-pass to the White House Press pool as an illegitimate vendetta driven by anger. Mr. Hogenson also tries to paint Mr. Gannon/Guckert's professional role as escort and porn site webmaster as irrelevant to the question of how he got his press pass. The points missed:
  1. Mr. Graff has honestly stated his credentials, which include several roles, albeit unpaid, doing legitimate journalism. Both Mr. Gannon/Guckert and the White House misrepresented Mr. Gannon/Guckert's credentials.
  2. Mr. Gannon/Guckert got daily access to the White House for years. Mr. Graff got access for a single day.
  3. Mr. Gannon/Guckert participated, professionally, in two activities which should have prevented him from passing a basic FBI background check, calling into question the security of our White House.

One would think that a journalist with credentials like Mr. Hogenson's, would be more concerned about the impact that the presence of fake journalists like Mr. Gannon/Guckert may have on his profession. Treating fakes as legitimate reduces the credibility of real journalists.


Blogger RenaRF said...

One thing as well - that moron at CNS shouldn't be framing our issue for us through some attempt at turning tables. Garrett Graff didn't ask a stupid, softball and partisan question of the POTUS. He sat quietly and reported.

Gannon/Guckert wasn't singled out for his credentials - it was for his question.

1:23 PM  
Anonymous count said...

Concerning your point #3, "...activities which should have prevented him..." perhaps could have read "...would have prevented him..."

Concerning Graff's unpaid positions, is Crimson editor really an unpaid position? I don't know, just asking.

10:09 PM  
Blogger rhetoretician said...


That's an excellent question. It's not a paid position, but some students may qualify for work-study related financial aid if they make it onto the staff. Here's a link to the info on how to become part of the crimson staff. The FAQ at the bottom discusses the money issue.

10:20 PM  
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