'liberal media' watch
The so-called "liberal media" strikes again! Yesterday's edition of Wired News noted that overseas news sites are showing an uptick in visitors--many driven by Web logs--in the days leading to the impending war on Iraq as readers seek a...less filtered perspective than that ladled out by news sources Stateside.
"Given how timid most U.S. news organizations have been in challenging the White House position on Iraq, I'm not surprised if Americans are turning to foreign news services for a perspective on the conflict that goes beyond freedom fries," said Deborah Branscom, a Newsweek contributing editor, who keeps a weblog devoted to media issues.
...Jon Dennis, Guardian Unlimited deputy news editor [hyperlink added], said U.S. readers are visiting his site for the range of opinions it publishes, and to engage in vigorous debate. Media outlets in the United States, he said, are not presenting the issues critically.
"As a journalist, I find it quite strange that there's not more criticism of the Bush administration in the American media," he said. "It's as though the whole U.S. is in shock (from Sept. 11). It's hard for (the media) to be dispassionate about it. It seems as though they're not thinking as clearly as they should be."