Shoot first…ask questions later.
Tom Maguire of “Just One Minute”…
…has become one of those indispensable resources I turn to every day to monitor the developing struggle between the mainstream media and the blogosphere on the Swift Boat veterans and related matters. Let’s call it the “honesty in campaigning issue,” if such a thing were remotely possible. Tom is a more assiduous fact-checker than I (too much fiction/screenwriter in me)and I rely on him for a more thorough approach.
In his discussion of Michael Kranish, the Boston Globe journo in various “blogosights” yesterday for distorting the non-retraction retraction of Swift Boat Captain George Elliott, we see Maguire at his best, first attacking Kranish full bore, accusing the reporter of that greatest of journalistic sins, the Dowd-like use of ellipses, and then pulling back slightly as the blogger learns more. This is what blogs do well, refining their thoughts for accuracy as the story clarifies.
So you can disregard that whole “assiduous fact-checker” thing, because Roger is… refining his thoughts for accuracy.
All in one post.