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Friday, September 30, 2005

Fake But Necessary -- A New Media Standard

Hugh Hewitt, writing in the Weekly Standard, notes a disturbing element in media justifications of their disgraceful behavior during the Katrina aftermath.

Discussing the meltdown on MSNBC on September 27, reporter Heath Allen defended the hysterical reporting, arguing that, "[I]t's the responsibility of the photojournalist to capture that and put it on television because those people at that point needed help no matter what was true, what was false, what was exaggerated."

Thus is established the "fake but necessary" corollary to the Rathergate doctrine of "fake but true."

It is getting very hard to take these people seriously.

Read it here.

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