Wednesday, November 11, 2009

McClatchy/Palin 2008 flashback: "How many many reporters does it take to find one Biden fib/gaffe?"

Prior to publication of Sarah Palin's book next week, I'm putting together a retrospective of the media's -- especially McClatchy's -- treatment of Sarah Palin. This post, the 4th so far, covers one of the low points of McClatchy's coverage of Sarah Palin: the VP debate with Joe Biden. The post below was published October 4, 2008.

McClatchy bureau chief John Walcott assigned seven reporters plus "the staff from the Anchorage Daily News" to fact-check the VP debate, according to this article. The McClatchy Clown Posse located nine Palin misstatements in the debate, but somehow only saw one Biden misstatement.

Just one. Seven McClatchy reporters plus "the staff from the Anchorage Daily News" could only find one Biden mistake.

How does McClatchy's "one" compare to what other fact-checkers found? Not very well. Look at the results from other outlets:

Investors Business Daily documented nine Biden fibs/misstatements.
The New York Post found more Biden fibs/misstatements.
Karl Rove found ten.
Ace has fourteen.
The McCain campaign lists fourteen.

So what is McClatchy's excuse?

Uh, maybe the Clown Posse wasn't really looking for Biden gaffes and misstatements?

Previous Palin/McClatchy flashback:

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