Sunday, October 29, 2006

Media Matters Latest, October 29, 2006

NY Times suggested Republican strategist fired by Wal-Mart no longer works for Sen. McCain -- one day after reporting that he does
In an October 28 article on Wal-Mart's decision to fire GOP strategist Terry Nelson, reportedly for his involvement in producing a controversial advertisement attacking Senate candidate Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-TN), The New York Times reported that Nelson "has worked for various Republican leaders, including President Bush and Senator John McCain of Arizona." In reporting that Nelson "has worked" for McCain, the Times obscured the fact that Nelson currentlyworks for McCain -- according to the Times the previous day. Read more

Wash. Post didn't think Webb novel story was newsworthy until Internet gossip Drudge promoted it

A Washington Post story on Sen. George Allen's accusations that James Webb's novels include "inappropriate sex scenes and demeaning descriptions of women" contained an acknowledgment that the newspaper decided to report the story only after Matt Drudge had highlighted it on his website. Read more

NY Times failed to inform readers who GOP consultant LaCivita really is
In an article about Sen. George Allen's attack on James Webb's novels, The New York Times quoted Chris LaCivita and identified him simply as "a consultant for the Allen campaign." In doing so, the Times ignored LaCivita's connections to several controversial Republican front groups, including Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth. Read more

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