Kevin Drum has a long post up about the media and their biases, and he includes as an example the “Al Gore Inventing the Internet” memes as one of his least favorite examples of media laziness. I agree with much of what he says, particularly this:
I agree with Bob that the biggest problem with the national press isn’t really either liberal bias or conservative bias, but rather laziness, pack mentality, inability to resist spin (despite their cynical pose), and a willingness to compromise themselves in order to retain access. All of which means that the press is creating storylines this year with the same reckless abandon that they did in 2000.
My favorite example of media bias and laziness all wrapped up into one is the absurd ‘Bush 1 shocked by grocery scanning technology,’ which, of course, was brought to you courtesy of Andrew Rosenthal and the DNC syndicate known frequently called the NY Times and the Boston Globe.
Here, the Rosenthal simply made up a story for the Times from a pool report of another journalist, and his story was used as the backbone for several editorials in those papers, which were then used as talking points by the Clinton gang to show how ‘out of touch’ Bush was. I even remember Paul Begala and others using this as an example on CNN numerous times.
Had Al Gore invented theinternet earlier, I could google it and tell you exactly who said what and when they said it, but, alas, we will simply have to rely on my memory.