Skip to main content

The new newspaper trend -- even extending to boring old AP -- of encouraging reporters to not merely report but opine in their "news" pieces reared its ugly head again this morning by way of a front page story in the Austin American-Statesman on Saturday's Netroots Nation events.  

Patrick Beach, a feature writer at the paper who once described himself as a "raging moderate," repeatedly described the gathering in stereotypes that better fit the aging Old Left of years ago than the much younger Netroots of today.  I mean, how many of you have ever read much of Chomsky or even know who Nanci Griffith is?

When Beach, at the start refers to the crowd as "marauding liberals" I know it's not to be taken literally. But then we get this:

--the audience nearly staged a "faint-in" when Gore appeared (note use of '60s term).

--Pelosi is so far left her title should include (D-Beijing)......of course, this would come as a surprise to many in the crowd who have criticized her timidity.

-- another aged cliche, "napalm in the morning," from "Apocalypse Now."

-- why do these Netrootss people think the Democrats can win in November?  Of course, he does not mention that the Roots helped propel the Dems to a smashing victory in 2006.  Instead, he refers to the fact that conservatives meeting elsewhere, in tiny numbers,  in Austin -- with Michelle Malkin as guest! -- might have a lot to say about that.

-- the liberal blogosphere is "terrribly self-confirming" -- not like the mainstream media! -- but then he notes that at the conference they "critiqued themselves."

-- Paul Krugman, as if to "galvanize stereotypes," wore Birkenstocks -- but Beach throughout the article clearly needed no help in having his own stereotypes galvanized.

--Krugman complained that the media wasn't liberal enough.  Beach:  "Only in Austin."

-- It's shooting fish in a barrel "to paint liberals as overly intellectual types incapable of having fun unless reading Noam CHomsky counts, and its sure does for them."  In fact, the convention was practically "party central,"  few attendees are  "intellectuals," and only a tiny percentage, I would guess, are Chomsky lovers -- again, an outmoded stereotype.

-- Those who spoke out during the Pelosi/Gore confab were "shushed" as if they were at a Nanci Griffith concert.  I can imagine most of the attendees reading this reference and asking, "Who???"  

--one more reference to Liberals Don't Wanna "have fun."  And so on.

A further note: Right across the front page of that paper  is a story about Obama's trip.  The headline: "Obama gets taste of world affairs in Afghanistan."  Like a babe in the woods!

UPDATE:  Beach is quoted (date unknown) at Wikipedia thusly:  "A narrative does not depart from the cardinal rule: Make nothing up or you'll be out of here and working at the Sunglass Hut so fast it'll make your head spin around. A narrative is a journalistic form that has fallen into considerable disfavor in the wake of our craft's ceaseless, self-flagellating credibility crisis."
Greg Mitchell's new book is So Wrong for So Long:  How the Press, the Pundits -- and the President  -- Failed on Iraq.  He is editor of Editor & Publisher and spoke at a NN panel.

Originally posted to GregMitch on Sun Jul 20, 2008 at 07:31 AM PDT.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

skybluewater, sdf, mwjeepster, Thumb, Grassroots Mom, Ed in Montana, vicki, molly bloom, jillian, Chi, Common Sense Mainer, Sally in SF, Rayne, gogol, glitterscale, Raybin, nicolemm, saraswati, RunawayRose, newjeffct, dengre, tommurphy, Shockwave, Heimyankel, donna in evanston, SanJoseLady, Jim in Chicago, martianchronic, Midwest Meg, eeff, Mnemosyne, figdish, Sandy on Signal, acuppajo, frisco, Sandia Blanca, freespeech, RubDMC, Gustogirl, NoisyGong, opinionated, bronte17, Cautiously Optimistic, wonkydonkey, whenwego, OCD, djMikulec, ScrewySquirrel, CoolOnion, peace voter, highacidity, boadicea, muledriver, boilerman10, buckhorn okie, roses, Frederick Clarkson, L0kI, nargel, CodeTalker, dchill, Spindizzy, thingamabob, erquirk, lirtydies, Alna Dem, CocoaLove, SensibleShoes, dksbook, wader, kosophile, Getreal1246, psnyder, danthrax, marko, TexDem, Dallasdoc, tomanjeri, MadLibrarian, MA Liberal, mad ramblings of a sane woman, jaywillie, niteskolar, On The Bus, defluxion10, welshvalleymaid, rosel, bwintx, Donna in Rome, paisa, NapaJulie, Nova Land, maggie sarah, sawgrass727, sxwarren, hopalong, nehark, vcmvo2, joanneleon, chumley, maybeeso in michigan, historys mysteries, Bluesee, marina, 3goldens, Tinfoil Hat, Kewalo, Treg, Ckntfld, Othniel, Alice Marshall, frandor55, Clem Yeobright, stagemom, boofdah, eru, Jules Beaujolais, lennysfo, owlbear1, cfk, Viceroy, SaraBeth, Pam from Calif, Sun Tzu, RedCharlie, Kayakbiker, cassidy3, Overseas, sunbro, Isara, petestern, shiobhan, paddykraska, Floja Roja, dsteffen, Lindy, Spathiphyllum, Ekaterin, proudprogressiveCA, ZinZen, Arsenic, simplicio, noweasels, xaxnar, CCSDem, Philpm, alrdouglas, martini, keefer55, SoniaS, Icy, Compound F, tarheelblue, Keone Michaels, testvet6778, ferallike, emeraldmaiden, Kimball Cross, Ellicatt, Gorette, liberalconservative, martyc35, mrobinson, ceriboo, greenearth, Rat Lady, bren, MJ via Chicago, StrayCat, Tanya, Lashe, imabluemerkin, paul2port, mcmom, nowheredesign, bunk, AndyS In Colorado, ER Doc, dirtfarmer, Andy30tx, Pilgrim X, rsie, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, BB10, Stripe, means are the ends, RantNRaven, chapel hill guy, Mary2002, FrankieB, ArkDem14, Friend of the court, Intercaust, orrg1, bigchin, sephius1, anotherdemocrat, Cronesense, sccs, Wanda517, Loudoun County Dem, oscarsmom, PhantomFly, Tailspinterry, moodyinsavannah, jds1978, david mizner, HeartlandLiberal, noofsh, sjtaylor, Calvin Jones and the 13th Apostle, londubh, Unbozo, Strabo, dolphin777, jayden, brentmack, mudslide, jnhobbs, millwood, Moderation, gchaucer2, rogereaton, SBE, JML9999, Spedwybabs, mall teacher, TomP, Empower Ink, sand805, Erik W, mconvente, gfv6800, LightningMan, otheruser, Cordwainer, 1983sedge, homoaffectional, Pragmaticus, wvablue, pickandshovel, Jeff Y, NogodsnomastersMary, mofembot, traduttore traditore, change the Be, LCA, luckylizard, armenia, Guadalupe59, cactusflinthead, Scubaval, rhutcheson, shortgirl, papicek, Zappatero, bijoudesigncom, Rhysling, Lindahyattyoung, Neon Vincent, MTmarilyn, CanyonWren, Rabbithead, Sarge in Seattle, DiedInSuburbia, ScientistSteve, butchergirl, Denise Oliver Velez, notquitedelilah, CityLightsLover, Katie71, voila, RogerDodger, escar, PixyStyx, BigVegan, TruthandTrust, lpeggy, angelesmartian, rb137, Junah, fedupcitizen, gallimaufry, BenDisraeli, blueingreen, piers, citizen31, mamalovesobama, Ronald Singleterry, atliberal, CryptoPolitico, NYWheeler, abrauer

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site