Bob Schieffer and Mainstream Media ‘Standards’

The Blogosphere: New Boss same as the Old Boss 

John Edwards Scandal and the Enquirer

If Watergate Happened Today

The story so far of John Edwards, his campaign and Rielle Hunter, the uncovering of hard facts by the National Enquirer, the Mainstream Media’s non-reaction, and the blogosphere’s fondness for the comfort that only sitting on one’s ass brings.

Bob Schieffer, The Thrill of Victory

“I just kept doing it and never knew whether I was allowed to under CBS rules about correspondents doing analysis and commentary. If I can’t do it, they’ll tell me. No one said a word. Then I won the Sigma Delta Chi Award for best commentary on television. Everybody in New York called and said, “Great work, keep it up Bob — we’ve been loving those commentaries.”

Bob Schieffer, The Agony of Defeat

BOB SCHIEFFER: Well, you know I saw that this morning. I believe that — I believe that’s a story that we will be avoiding, because it appears to me that there’s absolutely nothing to it. I’m told that another — a man says that the child is his. I’m told that the woman who seems to be pregnant says it’s not his. So I guess — I guess we’re going to pass on that. Unless you come up with some new information on this, Don.
–When asked about the John Edwards-Rielle Hunter story On the Don Imus show

A presidential candidate and his campaign’s mysterious video: one that was produced with the high hopes of making the candidate better-known, only to have that hope fulfilled when it disappeared from public view.

That doesn’t excite Bob Schieffer.

A presidential candidate who isn’t asked by the press if he denies being in phone contact with his alleged mistress since she discovered she’s pregnant. Indeed, the Mainstream press didn’t go postal: they went Emily Post-al, as in, “let’s not make any waves, that’s not polite; might get us thrown out of the candidate’s press tent.”

That doesn’t excite Bob Schieffer.

A presidential candidate’s alleged mistress moving close to campaign headquarters, driving around in a BMW owned by the campaign’s former Director of Operations, living in a house owned by the campaign’s backer, having her bills and living expenses paid for–well, who is paying them?

Doesn’t matter.

That wouldn’t likely excite Bob Schieffer, either.

What would excite cynical, seasoned, experienced CBS newsman, Bob Schieffer?

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John Edwards Scandal, The Press, The Enquirer and The Blogosphere 


John Edwards Scandal, The Press, The Enquirer and The Blogosphere

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