Bachmann makes the New York Times

Twice, in fact.

In some ways, the well-written package includes some of the worst conceits of mainstream journalism. The main story is one of those “none dare call it lying” pieces that dwells on Bachmann’s polarization and tees up her bogus assertions as claims and counterclaims in a political tug-of-war.

The sidebar outsources that factchecking to, the St. Petersburg Times operation that has Bachmann going six-for-six on falsehoods. The piece ends with a priceless Bachmann-staffer fact-free response, which reporter Monica Davey doesn’t feel the need to underline as such: “Despite the fact that they try to make themselves sound above the fray and objective, PolitiFact is nothing more than another Web site trying to make its own headlines.”

It’s fine to get multiple sides of the story — America probably does need to understand why a Democratic state elects a Republican extremist, and even a blind extremist finds an ACORN every once in awhile. But the fact that the nation’s “paper of record” couldn’t add to others’ factchecking, or put more of a point on Bachmann’s manifest irresponsibility/evasiveness, is sad indeed.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Noah Kunin on 10/15/2009 - 08:35 am.

    It’s unbelievable that the NYTimes let’s them get away calling Politifact “just another website”. It’s a Pulitzer Prize winning publication by an established newspaper.

    Guess what? Now we can take every website produced by a hard news organization and just throw it into the trash.

    “Trying to make its own headlines?” Um, yeah. That’s what news agencies do – they make headlines. About news. You know what makes headlines? Politicans making stuff up.

    Of course, Bachmann’s staff is not ignorant of the nature of Politifact – they are being completely clear on what they think of all “news” – Bachmann and her staff reject the very idea of an objective rational view point.

    They’re so deeply embedded in the logical positivism refusenik camp they’ve transcended antipositivism and are currently well on their way into a different astral plane.

  2. Submitted by Jonathan Carter on 10/15/2009 - 10:45 am.

    Noah sometimes it helps to live in another reality. This one pretty much sucks.

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