Saturday, March 05, 2005

''Senior Democratic Staff on Capitol Hill lash out at mainstream press''

RAW STORY quotes an unnamed source: "Senior Democrats in Washington are privately expressing stinging rebukes of the mainstream media’s lack of coverage on recent issues concerning what Democrats see as systematic media manipulation and partisanship, RAW STORY has found. While few were willing to speak by name, aides and strategists alike made harsh attacks on large media organizations. For the first time, one Democratic strategist even singled out a specific publication, The Boston Globe, for failing to reprimand reporter Hiawatha Bray. Media Matters for America, a watchdog group, revealed that Bray had made online attacks on Sen. John Kerry and praised President George W. Bush during the presidential campaign. The same strategist, who spoke only on condition that his name not be used, even went so far as question the “courage” of Democrats in Congress for failing to respond to what he described as a myth–that major media outlets are liberal. “We’re living in the post-Jeff Gannon era where the left can finally show we know how to fight back and hold the media accountable,” the strategist told RAW STORY. “The right wing spent 30 years telling America about the liberal media, it’s time Democrats found the courage to set the record straight.” “We need to send a message that closeted right wingers like Hiawatha Bray can’t act with impunity,” he added, “and he’s just the first domino to fall at the allegedly liberal Globe.”-from the article in RAW STORY.

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