The Professor notes the LA Times is issuing a correction for claiming that Paul Bremer never gave a farewell speech when he left Iraq.
Glenn also has this quote from the LA Times:
If the American news media are lucky, 2004 will be remembered as the year of living dangerously. If not, then this election cycle may be recalled as the point at which journalism’s slide back into partisanship became a kind of free fall.
I don’t think the media has slid back into partisanship–they’ve just let the mask slip more often, and made their biases more obvious in straight reporting–as well as being forgetful when it suits their purposes. But that’s been going on in increasing numbers for 15 to 20 years now.
Personally, I don’t think a partisan media is all that bad–the country did pretty well for its first 150 years or so with one, and all indications are that we’re moving back to it. The key though, is explaining that it is biased, so that readers and viewers know what they’re getting and providing them with choices. And since political correctness hasn’t boosted readership, maybe it’s time to go back to the future!