Obama-Cheney Celebrity Deathmatch… really?

Scanned from the front page of the May 22, 2009 WSJ to preserve history. The web site did not have the layout format, which in itself, tells a story the print edition obviously wanted us to get.

Scanned from the front page of the May 22, 2009 WSJ to preserve history. The web site did not have the layout format, which in itself, tells a story the print edition obviously wanted us to get.

Are serious journalists reporting this story like they are covering an MTV Celebrity Deathmatch? Really? Wow! The line between bloggers and journalists is being blurred rapidly and it is being done by the group that screams loudest when the comparison is made. How are we to trust media organizations that pit a sitting US President against a private citizen’s opinions as if they were having a debate among equals?

Regardless of what you or I believe about the strength of the preparation, why the Senate withheld funds, the role of extreme interrogation, etc. Obama is the sitting US president and Cheney is now a private citizen. If Cheney felt this strongly about preserving existing policy, he should have run for office in 2008.

To have legitimate news organizations pit the two against each other as if this were a game or entertainment like MTV Celebrity Deathmatch, is shameful and irresponsible and perhaps more damaging to national security than anything either could say or do independently.

It is also embarrassingly lazy journalism.

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