Zombie Journalism Moves to MSNBC
Remember the nice little "Virginia girl" and her "send a brick" campaign that we talked about yesterday? You know, the one profiled by the NYTimes — who turns out to be a GOP PR flack, as discovered by Will Bunch at Attytood?
Well, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but her face on my teevee on MSNBC this morning, with zombie journalist "Donna" (I think it’s Donna Gregory — I’ve been waiting for twenty minutes now for them to flash her last name on the screen, to no avail — will update when I get that firm from the network, but thus far they’ve only given her first name, so I’m not absolutely sure with her new do.) saying to her something to the effect of "Good luck with your campaign. It’s always nice to see a grassroots movement get something going."
Grassroots, hell! Can you say full-on GOP anti-immigrant faction PR blitz? You know the drill: viewerservices AT msnbc DOT com. Please let MSNBC know what you think of lopsided interviews and failure to do any follow-up research and fact-based reporting.
Good lord, how tough is it for some summer intern to spend five minutes on Google, for heaven’s sakes, before they stick a talking head on the air to do an interview? You know, facts, research, actual journalism instead of a fluff piece? Hellooooooo?!?
UPDATE: And this just in from the Department of WOO HOO! — Glenn’s book will debut on the NYTimes bestseller list at #11 on Sunday. Congrats to Glenn! By the way, Glenn will be here on Sunday afternoon beginning at 5 pm ET for Part II of our discussion of his book, How Would a Patriot Act? — please join us for what will, I’m sure, be a fantastic Q&A session.