The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

29 September 2004

A Rather predictable prediction

But I wouldn't be surprised to see it happen just this way. From Paul Bouchereau, who covers the media beat for the Oklahoma Gazette, in today's issue:

CBS will take a ratings hit that will recover in three months, KWTV [the Oklahoma City CBS affiliate] will get a few calls and letters that will become landfill, and some CBS producer will take the fall for Rather. By this time next year, it will be forgotten and George W. will sit restfully in the Oval Office.

It may not take three whole months; I suspect some people will tune in on election night just to see if CBS gets itself into another train wreck.

Posted at 5:41 PM to Dyssynergy

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What I found funny was an article by Paul Bouchereau A lapse in judgment. This story talks about Rathergate and journalistic credibility. So I surfed over to to see if he had read the article. To my amazement, he did and he had a post ab......[read more]

Did you read the part of the article that said, "The only item a news department has to offer is information, accurate information...Even my little article here is read over by my Gazette boss and is checked for facts, among other things. Why? Because the last thing we want to do is to get it wrong."

The Gazette did not check their last issue very well. They got something wrong in the Clark Duffe 'Too much democracy?' commentary. I did not see a retraction of the unverifiable quote within that story. The Gazette must not care much about their reputation.

There was an ad in the employment section for a political reporter at the Gazette. You think that maybe they will give me a job? Probably not. I am too conservative for the Gazette.

Posted by: Wild Bill at 12:32 AM on 30 September 2004

I read the entire piece; I suspect that articles written in-house are subject to greater scrutiny than the outside material that appears on the Commentary page. (Otherwise, there would probably be fewer letters complaining about the occasional contributions by Dr Robin Meyers.)

Posted by: CGHill at 7:26 AM on 30 September 2004