January 15, 2005

All I Need to Know About Rathergate I Learned from Peggy Noonan

And I share a bit of it with you:

Let me repeat that: The MSM rose because it had a monopoly on information. The networks, newspapers and magazines were a Liberal Monolith. In one of his "Making of the President" books the liberal but ingenuous Teddy White famously said of 57th Street in Manhattan that when he stood there he was within a stone's throw of all the offices in which all of American media was busily churning out its vision of The News. Churning it out were a relatively small group of a few hundred liberals who worked and mostly lived on an island off the continent; they told that continent not only what it should be thinking about but how it should be thinking of it. (I think the New York Times unconsciously echoes this old assumption in their television commercials in which an earnest, graying, upscale dunderhead says the New York Times surrounds a story and gives him new ways to think about it. Doesn't it just?)....

All this has been said before but this can't be said enough: The biggest improvement in the flow of information in America in our lifetimes is that no single group controls the news anymore.
-- MSM Requiem - Peggy Noonan

Posted by Vanderleun at January 15, 2005 11:26 AM
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And amazing how blase Sullly is about the whole thing. I've concluded that Sully's previous white-hot passion to get Howell Raines had less to do with Raines distorting the news than with the fact that Raines fired him.

Posted by: jeff at January 15, 2005 3:57 PM

Peggy does a god job on Rathergage.

Posted by: Rod Stanton at January 16, 2005 2:58 AM