December 11, 2007

Media Wars and Casualties

I talk to embattled former National Review Online blogger W. Thomas Smith, Jr. about the allegations of fabrication that have been leveled against him in today's AmSpec column.

Posted by John Tabin at December 11, 2007 09:50 AM
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Scandal Equivalence
While everyone is cleaning house, maybe American Spectator should do the same with the Prowler whoever that is. When they lie repeatedly about what an important figure (Dr. Dobson)said without checking their facts. That is troubling. This man is on our side. When he has to come on his own program and spend time to correct these lies that is a black mark on our side and gives the other side (liberals) ammo. I no longer read the Prowler since I can not trust with it says.

Thanks

Posted by: JOSEPH at December 11, 2007 12:55 PM

On the Dobson story, the Prowler just reported what his source said. His source turned out to be wrong. It's a gossip column, written off anonymous sources with their own agendas (and it's usually pretty clear what those agendas are, e.g. "a source close to the Thompson campaign" is dishing dirt that's supposed to help Thompson), and it isn't presented as anything else. I don't see any ethical problem with the way the Prowler works; I think most readers are sophisticated enough to take it for what it is.

(I suppose I should add that I'm speaking only for myself, not for TAS.)

Posted by: John Tabin at December 12, 2007 03:24 PM

As a friend of W. Thomas Smith, Jr., the journalist whose Lebanon dispatches in National Review were questioned, I'd like to thank you for attempting to provide an additional layer of context about this situation. I'd also like to point out that Smith was not quoted properly by the journalists who wrote to Edsall. Spend some time with Lebanese bloggers and you will see there are two different takes on current events in Lebanon, just as there are two different takes here in America, depending on the party affiliation.

I've written an article that sheds a different perspective on what happened with Smith's posts, and I am in hopes it will be published.

The speedy response by media to this situation begs the question why a moderately relevant story made its way through mainstream media outlets with a speed akin to that of light.

One of Smith's primary sources was assassinated last week in Lebanon, by a car bomb--another example of silencing a voice disagreeing with Hezbollah media.

I've known Smith for more than a decade. He does not lie or fabricate, and he always makes it known he is a conservative. That last, in my opinion, is what caused him this trouble.

best, Kay B. Day

Posted by: Kay B. Day at December 16, 2007 10:33 PM