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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

General Sanchez Wacks Biased Journalism — News & Observer Blows it Off

Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez
The speech by Ricardo S. Sánchez last Friday in Washington, DC, has been replayed several times on C-span. It was a thoughtful and important speech. Wikipedia was quick to note the import of the speech. The Sanchez speech was going to be the basis for a future Johnsville News story about journalism. But John in Carolina has beat us to the punch and uses it to highlight how the News & Observer has an inclination to distort the facts.

Wikipedia: Speaking to a group of military reporters and editors in Washington DC on Oct 12, 2007, Sanchez lambasted the media for "sensationalist" coverage and "self-aggrandizement" and expressing the belief that reporters were willing to "compromise [their] integrity" and "display questionable ethics" to get front page stories:

“The death knell of your ethics has been enabled by your parent organizations who have chosen to align themselves with political agendas. What is clear to me is that you are perpetuating the corrosive partisan politics that is destroying our country and killing our servicemen who are at war.

My assessment is that your profession, to some extent, has strayed from these ethical standards and allowed external agendas to manipulate what the American public sees on TV, what they read in our newspapers and what they see on the web. For some of you, just like some politicians, the truth is of little to no value if it does not fit your preconceived notions, biases and agendas
John in Carolina:
On Sanchez, The N&O Deceived Us -- Across the top of the McClatchy Company’s liberal/leftist Raleigh News & Observer’s October 13 front-page ran the headline:
Iraq a 'nightmare,' general says [...]
But nowhere in its report of Sanchez’s speech (full text here), delivered Oct. 12 at the Military Reporters and Editors luncheon in Washington, did the N&O tell readers Sanchez said to the journalists [...]
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The News & Observer eats NY Times dog food. So it's not surprising that the newspaper that launched the Duke lacrosse rape hoax with a distorted front page story would be shy to print any of the Sanchez criticism.

source:
David Cloud / NY Times / News & Observer:
Iraq a 'nightmare,' general says

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