Wednesday, September 16, 2009

WaPo v. MM

Blogger Michelle Malkin takes it on the chin::: The Washington Post out to make waves with a blog / article entitled Book Wars: Michelle Malkin vs. Michael Huttner, of which I have excerpted the initial introduction:
In a recent posting on her blog, Michelle Malkin declared that liberals have launched a campaign to dislodge conservative authors like herself from the top of the best-seller lists. She said the left is pushing a particular book, "50 Ways You Can Help Obama Change America" by Michael Huttner and Jason Salzman, as its battering ram against titles from the right.

Malkin, author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies," writes on her blog: "Co-author Michael Huttner urges his fellow Obama cultists to buy the book so they, too, can be inspired to 'help Obama pass health care reform, enact other core campaign promises, and move the country forward.'" She also notes that Huttner is "asking for help from every last nutroots activist out there."

We invited Michael Huttner and Jason Salzman to respond to Malkin's posting. Huttner is founder and chief executive of ProgressNow, an online progressive movement. He has worked for former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer and for the Office of the Counsel to President Clinton. Salzman is co-founder of Effect Communications, which works with nonprofits and campaigns.
Two comments after the post are particularly thoughtworthy: a reader wearing the hat "alvint" asks "Why are Huttner and Salzman given a Washington Post blog to respond to criticisms from a third party website? Has Steven Levingston ever given over the keyboard to a conservative author so s/he can respond to the numerous criticisms of what s/he wrote.

Moreover, how stupid does Levingston have to be to uncritically accept the authors' claims that 'The book rises above partisanship' when its title explicitly endores helping Obama?

Perhaps with the time Mr. Levingston saved by having these authors write a completely self-serving post, he could actually try finding someone at the Post to write just one review of the several conservative books dominating the bestseller list."

Another reader going by the name octopi213 states "So are you going to give Ms. Malkin a chance to provide her side of this story in her own words, just like you did for Mr. Huttner and Mr. Salzman? Seems like 'an independent newspaper' would want to give both sides a chance to state their own views. Otherwise you will once again prove that this newspaper is nothing but a shill for the Democrat party."

Regardless of party affiliation, to accurately give "fair and balanced" coverage to a news story is crucial to the flow of information that is the lifeblood of our democracy.

Oh, by the way, WaPo fired off a second round against MM in a post headlined "Race-Baiting 24/7".

What ever happened to the good ol' American-pie principle "I may not agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it?"

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