Dick’s Media Strategy

If you were not cynical enough about what is being reported as the news these days, consider this article I found on Yahoo. It’s about the media strategy Dick Cheney used to cover his ass during the CIA leak fiasco. The best paragraph in the article about the strategy:

The uses of leaks and exclusives. When to let one’s name be used and when to hide in anonymity. Which news medium was seen as more susceptible to control and what timing was most propitious… Even the rating of certain journalists as friends to favor and critics to shun — a faint echo of the enemies list drawn up in Richard Nixon’s White House more than 30 years ago.

Stunts like this damn the credibilty of mass media outlets for everyone and should put journalism students to shame. The fact that they target journalists who were more likely to take a more favorable angle has to break some sort of ethics code. This is the kind of stuff makes the Daily Show the most credible news program out there.

Also, this idea makes me question how authentic even something like Current TV can be because the stories are filed by people and then edited by people who might prefer a perspective over another.

Either people have to learn how to piece together the truth from a variety of sources, or they live in their bubbles guided by a certain reality they choose to subscribe to.

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