Assigned Reading: ‘Accountability Journalism’
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal)
This is actually an excerpt from James Taranto’s much larger “Best of the Web” daily installment over at the Wall Street Journal. Apparently, Rush Limbaugh mentioned this on air, as I received about three dozen e-mails within a ten-minute span, all pointing me to these few paragraphs.
Regardless of where it came from, it certainly is worth note here.
An Associated Press dispatch, written by Erica Werner and Richard Alonso-Zaldivar, compares the House and Senate ObamaCare bills. We’d like to compare this dispatch to the AP’s dispatch earlier this week “fact checking” Sarah Palin’s new book. Here goes:
Number of AP reporters assigned to story:
• ObamaCare bills: 2
• Palin book: 11
Number of pages in document being covered:
• ObamaCare bills: 4,064
• Palin book: 432
Number of pages per AP reporter:
• ObamaCare bill: 2,032
• Palin book: 39.3
On a per-page basis, that is, the AP devoted 52 times as much manpower to the memoir of a former Republican officeholder as to a piece of legislation that will cost trillions of dollars and an untold number of lives. That’s what they call accountability journalism.
Amazing? Absolutely. Surprising? Absolutely not. Sad? You betcha.