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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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User: realthog
Date: 2008-03-10 02:10 (UTC)
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One down, 398 to go . . .

Actually, this kind of reinforces the point I made earlier -- that he's become essentially irrelevant. I think MSNBC bought him in the same way that publishers pay millions for the memoirs of yesterday's politicians, only to realize after the excitement of the bidding war has died down that the public could care less about, say, the Ari Fleischer book. Carlson had run his course by the time he got to MSNBC; it seems now the people who hired him are beginning to admit their folly.
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User: hutch0
Date: 2008-03-10 22:12 (UTC)
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They've obviously been watching this conversation...
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