Monday, November 03, 2008

Well, which is it, young feller?

You just can't win for losing if you're the left-wing gotcha media, can you?

Last week, John McCain went after the LA Times for not posting a tape to go with a story it ran in, um, April. Today, America's Governor is beating up on the San Francisco Chronicle for not writing about an interview it posted a tape of in, um, January. (The current month is called "November," for those of you checking in from another planet.) Here's what the news looks like if you're a Fox follower:

“Now a couple points on this: One is that here again, why is the audio tape just now surfacing? This interview was given to San Francisco folks many, many months ago. You should have known about this, so that you would have better decision-making information as you go into the voting booth,” Palin said as shouts of “liberal media!” could be heard from the crowd.

When even Fox admits the obvious, though, you have to wonder if something isn't going wrong:

The audio file has been on the San Francisco Chronicle's website since the January interview with its editorial board, but Palin accused the newspaper of withholding the information until right before the election.*

You can find the relevant comments about 27 minutes in, near the -21:45 mark. And in case you had any lingering doubts about Fox's (or Gov. Palin's) integrity, no. There's no comment that could possibly yield "I would bankrupt the industry" (whichever industry Fox might have meant). And, of course, there's no "eleventh-hour audiotape." Those are known as "lies."

Lying isn't an issue for the First Amendment, of course. The court-prescribed cure for bad speech is more speech, not more restrictions. Be sure to hie yourself to the polling station tomorrow and vote, but the media gods gave you a remote and a middle finger, and you may vote with them at any time.

* Lexis-Nexis shows two stories mentioning Obama and coal from January, both apparently based on the interview.

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