Friday, April 02, 2004

Op-Ed Columnist: Smear Without Fear: "And administration officials shouldn't be able to spread stories without making themselves accountable. If an administration official is willing to say something on the record, that's a story, because he pays a price if his claims are false. But if unnamed 'administration officials' spread rumors about administration critics, reporters have an obligation to check the facts before giving those rumors national exposure. And there's no excuse for disseminating unchecked rumors because they come from 'the White House,' then denying the White House connection when the rumors prove false. That's simply giving the administration a license to smear with impunity. "

Or, Mr. Krugman, maybe an over-zealous reporter made a claim, decided to attribute it to the White House, realized the error, and corrected it. Ever consider that? Wolf Blitzer is hardly the type to cover for the White House. Same goes for Daryn Kagan. You don't get to accuse the White House in the fact that a third party attributes something to them and then retracts it. I know you like to accuse the President of being a fascist, but he really doesn't control the national media.

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