Sunday :: Feb 10, 2008

More on David Shuster and MSNBC


by eriposte

[Previous posts on this topic are here]

A couple of commenters in a previous comment thread mistakenly stated that Sen. Clinton had asked for David Shuster to be fired. She never did. The claim that she did was a misrepresentation of her letter to NBC by Talking Points Memo and NY Daily News.

Taylor Marsh:

Here's an excerpt from the letter Clinton sent to NBC head Steve Capus, which prompted the TPM photo creation.

... .. Nothing justifies the kind of debasing language that David Shuster used and no temporary suspension or half-hearted apology is sufficient.

I would urge you to look at the pattern of behavior on your network that seems to repeatedly lead to this sort of degrading language.

The headline on the New York Daily News article, which offers Clinton's letter, is: Hillary Wants Shuster Fired.

So of course, TPM sucks it up through a straw, then blasts it on their homepage. Get your regurgitated analysis here!

Sen. Clinton's letter merely said that she was not satisfied with the suspension of David Shuster and the next sentence explained why she was not satisfied:

I would urge you to look at the pattern of behavior on your network that seems to repeatedly lead to this sort of degrading language.

She did not ask for Shuster to be fired. She said that NBC should not use Shuster as a scapegoat for the broader pattern of misbehavior at MSNBC and ignore the elephant in the room (Chris Matthews) and his other cohorts. Not surprisingly, Talking Points Memo misrepresented her claim by not bothering to check with her campaign before reprinting the uncorroborated NY Daily News allegation.

Big Tent Democrat at Talk Left says:

Talking Points Memo continues its very poor journalism on this story. Now Josh Marshall approvingly publishes an e-mail that falsely characterizes Hillary Clinton's letter to NBC News President Steve Capus as calling for David Shuster's firing. What is particularly egregious about TPM's work is it minimizes, even omits, the REAL point of the letter - that NBC has demonstrated an unbroken pattern of sexism in its reporting and commentary and Clinton's demand that this pattern be addressed.

At this point, it simply can not be denied, TPM is choosing to ignore NBC's egregious pattern of sexism. That is very bad of TPM and Josh Marshall. This is part of a pattern of malign acceptance of sexism that we must all fight against.

Update [2008-2-9 22:10:28 by Big Tent Democrat]: After its egregious journalism on this story, TPM NOW compounds it by simply lying. Yes, I am calling TPM liars. Their LATEST headline Says "Clinton Backs Off Firing Demand." They NEVER demanded it. ONLY TPM said FALSELY they demanded it. Shame on TPM. Shame on Josh Marshall. Disgraceful work.

I never thought it would come to this, but this is poor and disappointing work at TPM - certainly not the first time in this primary. First they made an assertion without verifying it and then claimed Clinton backed off what they claimed she said -- even though she had never said what they claimed she said in the first place. As Taylor said:

What TPM is offering is quite possibly the worst analytical assessment of a major media insult that could possibly be written, backed up by a classic Clinton photographic hit job that rivals work of the New York Post. But their regurgitation of the New York Daily News headline also brings them trouble. So they neatly follow it up with these sub-headlines: Shuster's Original Offense, And Apology; His Second Apology; Clinton Camp Backing Off Firing Demand?

"Clinton Camp Backing Off Firing Demand?"

There's only one problem for TPM. Clinton never asked for Shuster to be fired. [...]

There's also Shuster's emails, which prove that he never intended to apologize; didn't want to; was made to.

TPM has simply become the "progressive" version of Drudge regarding anything having to do with Hillary Clinton.

Sad state of affairs at TPM.

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