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Ed Driscoll

The MSM Circles the Wagons to Protect CNN

February 4th, 2013 - 7:27 pm

As John Nolte writes at Big Journalism, “Nobody Wants to Talk About CNN’s ‘Ethnic’ Problem:”

Last week a bomb went off in the news media. But the media’s own version of the Blue Wall of Silence held together again, which allowed the media to pretend nothing happened. Some in conservative media noticed and reported on the blast. But because the media protects one another almost as fiercely (and dishonestly) as it protects Barack Obama, a report that an executive vice president at CNN complained about the “ethnicity” of Soledad O’Brien’s “Starting Point” audience has been memory-holed as though it never happened.

Read the whole thing. Despite the fact that one reason for Matt Drudge’s success is that he knows everybody loves dishing the dirt about the MSM, as John writes, there’s some sort of unspoken Gentleman’s Agreement in Old Media that they will not talk about a competitor’s dirty laundry, especially if it involves a complaint made or amplified by us folks in the vast right-wing neocon deathbeast Rethuglican conspiracy. If Tom Brokaw and the late Peter Jennings would go to the mat to defend Dan Rather in 2004 at the height of his RatherGate meltdown, the rest of the MSM will quite happily bottle up any bad news concerning CNN as well.

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