ACCOUNTABILITY….Liz Cox Barrett at the Columbia Journalism Review:
The Associated Press’s Ron Fournier drops this little truism into the midst of his “analysis” piece today:
“A political attack doesn’t need to be right to work…”
No, but one thing a political attack does need to work — whether it’s right or wrong — is for reporters to give it a thorough airing, to ensure that it gets proper traction with voters. Which is what Fournier does with today’s piece, headlined: “Analysis: Is Edwards Real or a Phony?”
Well, is he? Huh? Is he? Can you guess?
UPDATE: Brendan Nyhan is even more appalled than Barrett: “Can we expect an equivalent approach to covering the GOP candidates? (‘Giuliani: Sane or Crazy?’)”