And while I'm beating up on Kate McMillan with my hypocrisy stick, here's the latest product of her diseased brain (no link, I'm just going to take screenshots from now on):
Quoth the Katester:
Anyone who wonders why US newspaper sales are heading south should ponder the behavior of the geniuses at The Tennessean. They had the Al Gore electric-bill story a month before the Oscars but somehow never got around to writing anything up.
Hmmmmmmm .... sitting on a politically-inconvenient story ... yeah, I've heard that happens from time to time (emphasis tail-waggingly added):
This Sunday the New York Times' Bill Keller got dressed down on the paper's letters page, with scores of readers taking the executive editor to task for being evasive in his previous explanation regarding why--and for how long--the Times held back publishing its December 2005, Pulitzer Prize-winning scoop about the National Security Agency's warrantless eavesdropping program under president Bush. A program recently deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge. At the time of publication in 2005 readers were told the story, which the White House pleaded the Times not to publish, had been delayed for "a year." But last week Times public editor, Byron Calame, confirmed the story had been held for 14 months, which, as many had suspected, meant the Times could have published the scoop during the height of the 2004 presidential campaign.
When Calame asked Keller why the paper had reported (vaguely and inaccurately) that the story had been held "a year", Keller conceded, "It was probably inelegant wording." Adding, "I don't know what was in my head at the time." When Calame pressed Keller whether the inelegant wording ("a year") and the sensitivity of the election-day timing issue had been discussed internally, Keller responded improbably, "I don't remember."
So, to compare, the Times apparently sits on a story about the Bush administration's blatantly illegal eavesdropping -- a story that could very well have swung the 2004 election -- versus The Tennessean allegedly sitting on a story about the fact that ... Al Gore's large house uses more electricity than the average home.
Yeah, I know which lapse in responsible journalism pisses me off more.