Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Polemic, Puerile, and Malignant

The NYNewsday site has expanded the story I linked in the last post.
The new Sinclair broadcast will be called "A POW Story: Politics, Pressure, and the Media." It will incorporate part of the John Kerry slander story, but will mainly focus on the "role of the media in filtering the information contained in these documentaries, allegations of media bias by media organizations that ignore or filter legitimate news and the attempts by candidates and other organizations to influence media coverage."

Presumably by those "media organizations that ignore or filter legitimate news" they mean everyone but themselves. So this will be a show in which SBC can pat themselves on the back for good work and then lament the fact that they have to answer for what they broadcast.

In a lame attempt to appear fair the company has spoken to the Kerry campaign.
"Sinclair has left the invitation open and will make every effort to accommodate [Sen. Kerry] up to the air date for the program should he become willing to present his viewpoint for Sinclair's audience," the company said.

David Smith, CEO of Sinclair, said, "The experience of preparing to air this news special has been trying for many of those involved. The company and many of its executives have endured personal attacks of the vilest nature, as well as calls on our advertisers and our viewers to boycott our stations and on our shareholders to sell their stock."

Awww, poor baby.
While I do not support any personal attacks that may have been directed toward SBC (they are pointless and detrimental), I hardly feel sorry for any suffering they feel from such attacks as it is the same thing they are supporting against Kerry.

Meanwhile, this would have been a good idea:
"Mother Jones Magazine offered Sinclair a half-hour video of four prominent conservative Republicans - John Dean, Russell Train, Peter Peterson and Clyde Prestowitz - condemning the Bush administration."