In the 2008 election, we took sides, straight and simple, particularly with regard to the vice presidential race. I don't know that we played a decisive role in that campaign, and I'm not saying the better side lost. What I am saying is that we simply didn't hold Joe Biden to the same standard as Sarah Palin, and for me, the real loser in this sordid tale is my chosen profession.
It's a blistering, devastating broadside against the elite media's election coverage -- all the more effective since it comes from a journalist. Read the whole thing here.
I'll never forget McClatchy's approach to the VP debate in October -- one of the lowest points of McClatchy's election coverage. Here is what I wrote last November about John Walcott and McClatchy's coverage of the VP debate:
Before the VP debate, he assembled a team to analyze the face-off between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin. Here is the team he assembled to cover the VP debate:"William Douglas, Hannah Allam, Jonathan S. Landay, Renee Schoof, Warren P. Strobel, John Walcott, Nancy A. Youssef and the staff of the Anchorage Daily News"This amazing "team of investigators" for the VP debate found nine Palin misstatements -- but only one Biden misstatement. One.
The media's coverage of the VP debate was shameful. Cannon goes into detail about the media's failure to call Biden to account for his multiple gaffes and bumbles in that debate. I wonder how many journalists are willing, like Cannon, to do some reflection on their profession's performance during the last election.