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Self-Inflicted Wounds

February 17th, 2006 - 10:48 am

Charles Krauthammer isn’t all that pleased with how Dick Cheney handled his weekend shooting accident, calling the 14-hour delay, “understandable but not really justifiable.” However, Krauthammer saves his real venom for the press:

The media laying these charges are the same media that just last week unilaterally decided that the public’s right to know did not extend to seeing cartoons that had aroused half the world, burned a small part of it and deeply affected the American national interest. Having arrogated to themselves the judgment of what a free people should be allowed to see regarding an issue that is literally burning, they then go ballistic over a few hours’ delay in revealing an accident with only the most trivial connection to the nation’s interest or purpose.

If our journalists were as balanced and brave as they claim to be, then they would have as much power as they think they have.

UPDATE: Related stuff from Jeff Goldstein:

Reporting has become less about reporting facts in their proper context so that the public can remain informed than it

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