Friday, May 22, 2009

Shorter McClatchy: Cheney is a liar

Once again, McClatchy commits actual acts of journalism in dissecting Cheney's speech at AEI. The lede says it all:
Former Vice President Dick Cheney's defense Thursday of the Bush administration's policies for interrogating suspected terrorists contained omissions, exaggerations and misstatements.
The piece goes on to "fisk" the rest of the low points of Cheney's fairy tale. On his denial that the Bush White House was intimately involved in authorizing torture policies at Abu Ghraib and beyond, McClatchy notes:
However, a bipartisan Senate Armed Services Committee report in December traced the abuses at Abu Ghraib to the approval of the techniques by senior Bush administration officials, including former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.
Read the whole debunking, if only for the pleasure of seeing a news outlet use a responsible model of reporting. That being he said/the record states...

I've been hearing that McClatchy is on shaky financial ground. I propose we all do our part to keep them in business by linking more often. Towards that end I've put them on the sidebar so I remember to look there first for blog fodder. I encourage everyone to do the same.

Update: Dan Froomkin adds his own context to this story and is also one of the very few journalists willing to call a lie, a lie.

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Blogger Cosa Nostradamus said...

Whenever I'm looking for sources, especially deep background, I end up going to McClatchy. They're a good counterbalance to the blatant editorializing of AP, etc. And their coverage is pretty broad. Hope they survive.

7:16:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

So do I Cosa. I'm been guilty of neglecting them. Resolved to give them more play.

7:39:00 PM  

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