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Dancing on Someone’s Grave…Before He’s Dead

Thursday, December 14, 2006, 01:02 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Whatever doubts you may have had about just how smarmy the major media are can now be discarded. When U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) was hospitalized today for what early reports said may have been a stroke, the good-for-nothing major media jumped at the chance to make it a political story. Unfortunately, their "story" addressed what would happen if Johnson—whose condition was not known—were to die.

Among those at the front of the tacky parade was MSNBC.com, who got straight to what they obviously saw as the heart of the matter at the very beginning of their article:

The Democratic party’s newly won majority in the Senate looked to be potentially vulnerable on Wednesday night following the admission into hospital of Tim Johnson, the Democratic Senator for South Dakota, after suffering a "possible stroke".

Also opening their story with the death-speculation angle was Reuters (the same "news" agency that recently came under fire for fabricated/falsified photos):

U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota was hospitalized on Wednesday with a possible stroke, drawing the concern of fellow Democrats preparing to take control next month of a closely divided Senate.

Fox News web site managed to rattle off six whole paragraphs without writing Johnson’s premature obituary:

While the extent of his illness isn’t known yet, Washington political watchers are already noting that a Johnson replacement in the Senate would be made by Republican Gov. Michael Rounds.

It took CNN.com 12 paragraphs, but they couldn’t resist getting in on the action either:

Should Johnson not be able to complete his term, which ends in 2008, South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds, a Republican, could appoint his replacement, which could shift the balance of power in the Senate.

We aren’t talking about some left-wing whack jobs who joke about assassinating a Republican president or executing administration officials they don’t like. We are talking about supposedly responsible news organizations. And they wonder why no one trusts them any more.

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  1. Thursday, December 14, 2006, 03:26 EDT at 03:26

    The media should be ashamed of themselves. Or are they just giving us what they think we want? Since when does every story have to be about politics?

  2. Thursday, December 14, 2006, 14:54 EDT at 14:54

    They’re giving us what they think will sell. Of course, this isn’t anything that hasn’t already crossed the minds of partisan Democrats and Republicans alike, but at least the politicians have had the good taste to keep their speculation to themselves. Can you imagine being Sen. Johnson or his family and hearing this crap? Ay-yi-yi!

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