These are the people working to make the government be our sole source of news, information and communications.
If this is how they treat the facts – and it is – we should all hope Free Press & Company fail.
On July 13, Free Press’s daily email dose of disinformation lead with a Reuters story, which they excerpted thusly:
Rupert Murdoch may not garner as much attention for his financial savvy as he does for his journalistic escapades, which last week led to the shuttering of Britain’s oldest tabloid. But that doesn’t make his money management any less impressive. Over the past four years Murdoch’s U.S.-based News Corp. has made money on income taxes.
Please note the last line:
“Over the past four years Murdoch’s U.S.-based News Corp. has made money on income taxes.”
Only problem there is – it’s incorrect and untrue. To which Reuters columnist David Cay Johnston copped the next day on National Public Radio:
While he can explain how it happened, Reuters columnist David Cay Johnston says “there’s no excuse” for the huge mistake he made Tuesday when he wrote that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. had received billions of dollars in tax refunds from the U.S. government in recent years — when in fact it had paid billions of dollars in federal taxes.
“This is a big screw-up on my part,” he told Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep earlier today.
Kudos to Johnston for acknowledging the fumble.
Free Press has – as of yet – done no such thing. To paraphrase the Richard Nixon affair – it’s not the screw-up, it’s the cover-up.
A trip to their home page reveals, instead, more attacks on Murdoch.
These are the people who want to define what “quality journalism” really is.
And, again, help the government commandeer control of all our news, information and communications – so that the Leviathan can also get into the “quality journalism” definition business.
Their’s is, of course, an Orwellian definition of “Free Press.”
Two of my life maxims are:
Liberals never allow facts to get in the way of a good beating.
Being liberal means never having to say you’re sorry.
They are intended as cautionary tales – not as suggestions for the likes of Free Press.