Wednesday, April 16, 2008

For this job, you need degrees

Next time somebody tells me that journalists are fact-checked, unlike smelly bloggers, I'm going to show them this little quote from yesterday's White House press briefing:
It's been suggested that the President, who has met so often with Catholic leaders and reached out so aggressively to Catholic groups, and whose social views very closely reflect Catholic Orthodoxy, is actually America's first Catholic President. What do you think of that?
This was a question posed by "Mark" to Dana Perino. "Mark" may be Mark Knoller of CBS, according to a few minutes of Googling, but it really doesn't matter: America already had a Catholic President. And not the way Bill Clinton was Black. An actual Catholic. His name was John Kennedy, and most White House reporters can undoubtedly tell you where they were when his presidency ended. Most people their age can.

But this "Mark" -- a veteran political reporter, like all White House correspondents are -- can't tell his ass from a hole in the ground. Ug.

2 comments:

Chet Scoville said...

Oh dear God.

Mike said...

Just...wow.

Back in the day, guys like Roger Bird, Scan the Man and Chris Dornan would have failed my lily white ass out of the Carleton School of journalism for asking such a dumb questions.

It appears our media have become nothing more than stenographers and pr merchants.