Wednesday, October 22, 2008

But They Won't Cover Phil Berg's Law Suit

I just received the following message from Dan Friedman:

[One of the tricks you learn in Journalism 101 is do a report about a report of a politician responding to attacks rather than a story about the attack itself. That way you can repeat the attack, push it in the public's face, make the politician look like he's on the defensive, make his response appear partisan, even sneak in an unrelated bad-news poll - all with three degrees of separation and without giving away how badly you want the politician's opponent to win. The tactic carries a risk, though. If your readers are paying attention, it can make you look dumber than you already are. df]

From the NY Times-owned Boston Globe:

>"The John McCain-Sarah Palin campaign is striking back at a report about money spent on Palin's appearance.

"Politico reported that the Republican National Committee spent $150,000 to clothe and accessorize Palin since she was picked by McCain in late August. According to financial disclosure records, the bills include $75,063 at Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis and $49,426 at Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York. The RNC also spent $4,716.49 on hair and makeup through September after reporting no such costs in August." (emphasis moi)


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