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hutch0
Date: 2008-03-09 21:36
Subject: peeved
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I've previously been unaware of the ouvre of MSNBC's Tucker Carlson, but he recently interviewed Gerri Peev, the Scotsman journalist responsible for breaking the Hillary `monster' story which resulted in the resignation of Obama adviser Samantha Powers.
Now, the debate over whether Gerri Peev (I love the name) should have allowed Samantha Powers to retract the `monster' comment, claiming it was off the record, when no off-the-record parameters had been set at the outset of the interview, is I think a matter of cultural differences between British and US journalists. Ms Peev was working to one set of rules, and Ms Powers was working to another. Situations like that are always a car-crash waiting to happen.
But I really do have to take exception with Tucker Carlson. His question, "Since journalistic standards in Great Britain are so much dramatically lower than they are here, it's a little much being lectured on journalistic ethics by a reporter from The Scotsman," really got my back up. I can't claim to be The Scotsman's greatest ally, but dammit, this overpaid, overcoiffed, smug berk has no right to say that about my trade. I love American journalism - some of the mightiest writing in the business has come from across the Pond - but I don't consider Tucker Carlson a worthy commentator. On the basis of this, the man's an idiot.
You can watch the whole exchange (and a coda in which another guest congratulates Tucker Carlson) here. I'll grant you, Gerri Peev doesn't come out of it entirely whiter than white - she seems to have omitted to ask some fairly obvious follow-up questions. But really, the affrontery of the man.
I think I'm going to be keeping an eye on Tucker Carlson, just to check on the quality of his journalism...
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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-03-09 23:14 (UTC)
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Yes, well, of course, only about 99% of British journalism is of the nekkid girlie variety... ;-)
Personally, I think it's a shame that, even these days when it's no more difficult than typing a newspaper's name into Google, people don't read foreign papers. Okay, I do it for work, but I really enjoy checking out the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune and the LA Times, as well as CNN and Drudge. It gives me a better sense of what's going on in the States (and sometimes a more useful perspective on what's going on over here) than we get in the British media.
Jon Stewart's good, I like his work, but he's what we would consider over here to be a satirist. I haven't managed to catch Colbert yet. Didn't he announce he was running for President or something?
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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-03-09 23:30 (UTC)
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You know, one day that's going to happen.
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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-03-09 23:44 (UTC)
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I had a soft spot for Fred Thompson. And I still have a soft spot for The Governator. Reagan, not so much.
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