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October 19, 2005

Let Us Now Praise Famous Knight-Ridder Reporters

Recites:

Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers that begat us. The Lord hath wrought great glory by them through his great power from the beginning. Such as did bear rule in their kingdoms, men renowned for their power, giving counsel by their understanding, and declaring prophecies: Leaders of the people by their counsels, and by their knowledge of learning meet for the people, wise and eloquent are their instructions...

Among those who are leaders of their people by their counsels--famous men worthy of praise--are Knight-Ridder reporters Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel.

The Poor Man Institute for Freedom and Democracy and Unlimited Numbers of Ponies for All Whlo Want Them: As my good friend Neil Cavuto has argued, it’s a lot easier to make headlines for doing something bad than for doing your job right. Maybe, in order to balance out the liberal media’s unfair obsession with the Judith Miller kerfuffle, Mr. Cavuto could do a balancing piece on Knight-Ridder reporters Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel, who did their f---ing jobs. I’m sure FOX’s viewers would be heartened to know that American journalists were correctly reporting in 2001 and 2002 that Saddam was not tied in any significant way to international terrorists, that his WMD program was likely not as advanced as the White House was claiming, and that Bush made his final decision about war with Iraq in February 2002 at the latest.

How did they accomplish this miracle? Jonathan Landay explains:

We may have asked questions other journalists failed to ask. In addition, high-level sources on whom other journalists depended were pushing the agenda for war. Many of our sources were “working stiffs” in defense, intelligence and diplomacy, people who were not invested in the political agenda.

A technique reminiscent of Sy Hersh, who has gotten one or two stories right over the years. But I’m sure he doesn’t get to summer with Lil’ Russ on Martha’s Vineyard, either.

But one does get praised as a famous man by whom the Lord hath wrought great glory...

Posted by DeLong at October 19, 2005 10:10 PM