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Friday, July 23, 2010
For Gainor, Right-Wing Talking Points = 'Good Reporting'
Topic: Media Research Center

Congressman-threatener Dan Gainor writes in his July 21 MRC Business & Media Institute column:

Unicorns, ogres and dragons you can find aplenty on the network news shows. Fair journalists and the stories they should be covering, not so much.

And what are these stories that "fair journalists ... should be covering"? The New Black Panther Party and "Climate Gate," among other right-wing darlings.

This ignores the fact that the New Black Panther story is propped up by a Republican activist portraying himself as a "whistleblower" who has no firsthand knowledge of the claims he's making, as well as incessant but empty fearmongering by Fox News.

As for "Climate Gate," there's also no there there -- the authors of the stolen emails were cleared of the most serious charges and most of the minor ones, despite the efforts of Gainor and his MRC fellow travelers to claim otherwise.

Gainor hasn't proven that there's anything to these stories that, if truthfully reported, rise to the level of actual news.

While Gainor obsesses about unicorns, ogres and dragons, his real problem is that he's trying to snooker us into hunting another mythical creature: the snipe.

Posted by Terry K. at 5:31 PM EDT

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