Media Watch: The Sharyl Attkisson approach
**Posted by Phineas
They misquote their own stories to spread administration propaganda:
This morning on Politico’s Playbook, [Mike] Allen quoted a story from his own website:
“Monday, the bulk of the furlough notices will start going out. … [E]stimates include 12 furlough days at the Bureau of Prisons, 13 at the Environmental Protection Agency and 15 at the Agriculture Department. Forced days off will mean cuts in annual pay of about 10 percent. Uniformed military personnel as well as employees … ‘Everything hits the fan on April 1,’ said Scott Lilly, former Democratic staff director to the House Appropriations Committee.”
From reading that, you’d imagine that uniformed military and employees will be furloughed. There’s only one problem. The original article at Politico, by Darren Samuelsohn and Ginger Gibson, says precisely the opposite:
“Uniformed military personnel as well as employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Postal Service are exempt from the furloughs.”
The bold portion had been replaced by an ellipsis, totally changing the meaning of the sentence. That’s not journalism, that’s a memo from the Ministry of Truth.
Is it any wonder that the public’s trust in the major media is tanking?
RELATED: Consider this another example of what ST noted yesterday about “media lapdogs.”
(Crossposted at Public Secrets)