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Rewriting History at Editor & Publisher [Fauxtography Defender's Faux News ]
Little Green Footballs ^ | 08/26/06 | Charles Johnson

Posted on 08/26/2006 10:01:08 AM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia

Fauxtography Defender's Faux News
Turns out that Greg Mitchell, the Editor & Publisher editor who has been attacking the blogosphere like a rabid ferret for pointing out the bogus news from the Middle East, has first-hand experience with staging news. (Hat tip: Confederate Yankee.)

Since the press seems to be in full-disclosure mode these days, I want to finally come clean. Back when I worked for the Niagara Falls (N.Y.) Gazette (now the Niagara Gazette), our city editor asked me to find out what tourists thought about an amazing local event: Engineers had literally “turned off” the famous cataracts, diverting water so they could shore up the crumbling rock face. Were visitors disappointed to find a trickle rather than a roar? Or thrilled about witnessing this once-in-a-lifetime stunt?

I never found out. Oh, I went down to the falls, all right, but when I got there, I discovered that I just could not wander up to strangers (even dorky ones wearing funny hats and knee socks) and ask them for their personal opinions, however innocuous. It was a puffball assignment, but that wasn’t why I rebelled. I just could not bring myself to do it.

So I sat on a park bench and scribbled out a few fake notes and then went back to the office and wrote my fake story, no doubt quoting someone like Jane Smith from Seattle, honeymooning with her husband Oscar, saying something like, “Gosh, I never knew there was so much rock under there!”

Of course, I got away with it.

The attitude speaks for itself, I think.

Rewriting History at Editor & Publisher
Unbelievable. After the blogosphere picked up on his 2003 article revealing that he faked a news story while working at the Niagara Gazette, the editor of Editor and Publisher, Greg Mitchell (or someone covering for him), apparently went in and edited the 3-year old article to make him look less guilty: The More Things Change...

Here’s the original first paragraph, still retained in The Internet Wayback Machine. (Hat tip: Ed Driscoll.)

Since the press seems to be in full-disclosure mode these days, I want to finally come clean. Back when I worked for the Niagara Falls (N.Y.) Gazette (now the Niagara Gazette), our city editor asked me to find out what tourists thought about an amazing local event: Engineers had literally “turned off” the famous cataracts, diverting water so they could shore up the crumbling rock face. Were visitors disappointed to find a trickle rather than a roar? Or thrilled about witnessing this once-in-a-lifetime stunt?

And here’s the edited version: ‘E&P’ Editor Had a ‘Jayson Blair’ Moment?

Since the press seems to be in full-disclosure mode these days, I want to finally come clean. Back in 1967, when I was 19 and worked for the Niagara Falls (N.Y.) Gazette (now the Niagara Gazette) as a summer intern, our city editor asked me to find out what tourists thought about an amazing local event: Engineers had literally “turned off” the famous cataracts, diverting water so they could shore up the crumbling rock face. Were visitors disappointed to find a trickle rather than a roar? Or thrilled about witnessing this once-in-a-lifetime stunt?

This one sends the LGF Lameness Meter to eleven.

UPDATE at 8/26/06 8:58:11 am:

LGF reader Geepers discovers that this little editing job is even more lame than it appears—because Niagara Falls was turned off in 1969, not 1967: Corps turned Niagara Falls off, on again.

The IJC recommended to both countries that American Falls be temporarily dewatered to facilitate a timely and thorough study. The governments agreed, and on June 12, 1969, a rock cofferdam stopped the flow over American Falls. The Falls remained dry until November 25, 1969, when a backhoe removed the cofferdam.


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Have they no shame at all?
1 posted on 08/26/2006 10:01:12 AM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: abb; Grampa Dave

Ping!


2 posted on 08/26/2006 10:02:16 AM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
I just could not bring myself to do it.

That should have tipped him off on the need to find a new career path.
3 posted on 08/26/2006 10:04:51 AM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

I love reading this crap because it gives me ammunition when I ask a liberal who calls Fox News liars, and I ask them what exactly part of the news has Fox lied about, they of course either cant answer or say that Sean Hannity or Brit Hume, of which I retort to say that they arent news but shows bent on discussion of the news and then I bring out the big guns of CBS, NYT and other slimey news organizations that have actually lied.


4 posted on 08/26/2006 10:06:25 AM PDT by aft_lizard (born conservative...I chose to be a republican)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

I just sent Mitchell an email with the LGF link telling him he's been busted...


5 posted on 08/26/2006 10:16:31 AM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

The MSM whines non-stop that the Bush Admin manipulates the news. I guess they don't want anyone infringing on their former monopoly to do such.


6 posted on 08/26/2006 10:19:31 AM PDT by dirtboy (This tagline has been photoshopped)
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To: abb

Bwahahaha!

These people are unbelievable aren't they? How can a person who admits to major journalistic fraud even be an editor of anything, never mind a publication aimed at the profession - it's totally unbelievable!


7 posted on 08/26/2006 10:20:09 AM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
My father, a reporter, told me a story apparently well known in journalistic circles. A reporter covering events in Indonesia got a telegram from his editor demanding the first name of the Indonesian leader Sukarno (later, or currently, dictator). Rather than try to explain that the man had only one name, the reporter christened him with the good Muslim name 'Achmed'. Years after I heard this story, I saw the report of the death of 'Achmed Sukarno' in Time.
8 posted on 08/26/2006 10:53:38 AM PDT by Christopher Lincoln
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
How can a person who admits to major journalistic fraud even be an editor of anything, never mind a publication aimed at the profession - it's totally unbelievable!

Not really. Even back in Mark Twain and Thomas Jefferson's days, the "news" media were entirely uncredible, viz:

"Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your HONOR. That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoe making and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poor house."
- Mark Twain

"Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper."
--Thomas Jefferson to Nathaniel Macon, 1819

"If you don't read the newspaper, you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed."
--Mark Twain (1835-1910)

"Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle... Perhaps an editor might begin a reformation in some such way as this. Divide his paper into four chapters, heading the 1st, Truths. 2d, Probabilities. 3d, Possibilities. 4th, Lies. The first chapter would be very short."
- Thomas Jefferson, 1807

"I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are. If I killed them all there would be news from Hell before breakfast."
- Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman

The only people who think any of this has changed are in the "news" media. And obviously nothing they say or think can be taken as the truth.

9 posted on 08/26/2006 11:06:02 AM PDT by hadit2here ("Most men would rather die than think. Many do." - Bertrand Russell)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
I last worked full-time for a daily newspaper in 1976. It was in the 1970's that the average newsroom changed. When I got into the business in 1969 print news people had diverse educations and backgrounds. A majority of them seemed to be moving from one career to another, with journalism just a rung on a ladder. A number of people I worked with ended up leaving, going to law school, and becoming lawyers. Some went back, got their masters and taught high school. The transient state of personnel seemed to keep the product fresh and representative of the subscribers. After Watergate, and I'm going to be bigoted, the newsrooms started filling up with nerds. Many of these were socially deficient loners who were seeking power to compensate for never having had any. Watergate showed a lot of these losers that if they got a journalism degree and worked at a paper they could have powerful people fear them. Since those days these freaks keep reproducing by taking over editorships and populating the faculties of journalism schools. So what you have in print journalism is a bunch of geeks who take out their severe insecurities on the world. You have pretty people in broadcast but they are also lazy and stupid so they simple repeat what is in the newspapers and the wire services.
10 posted on 08/26/2006 11:13:41 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (Anything a politician gives you he has first stolen from you)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia; abb; Milhous; george76; Liz; bert; Ernest_at_the_Beach; weegee; martin_fierro

Greg Mitchell is a long time mediot sufferer from Bush Derangement syndrome.

http://bamapachyderm.com/archives/2006/04/23/editor-publishers-crusader-greg-mitchell-again/

April 23, 2006
Editor & Publisher’s Crusader Greg Mitchell, AGAIN



Talk about Bush Derangement Syndrome: A Crisis Almost Without Equal (!)

No wonder so many are starting to look for a way to shorten or short-circuit the extended crisis period. Republicans demand a true shake-out at the White House. This week at Vanity Fair online, Carl Bernstein is calling for a Watergate-style congressional probe of possible high crimes and misdemeanors. Even Neil Young is weighing in with a soon-to-be-released song that urges, “Let’s impeach the president — for lying.”

Yes! The biggest world crisis ever is Bush! Neil Young and Carl Bernstein even said so! And all of us Republicans are in open revolt, calling for people’s heads! (WTF? Is he talking about “Republicans” like Lincoln Chafee and Chuck Hagel?)

And as editor of E&P, what does he suggest?

I don’t have a solution myself now, although all pleas for serious probes, journalistic or official, of the many alleged White House misdeeds should be heeded. But my point here is simply to start the discussion, and urge that the media, first, recognize that the crisis—or, if you want to say, impending crisis — exists, and begin to explore the ways to confront it.
I don’t even know why this surprises me–I guess it doesn’t, it just irritates the hell out of me. What an arrogant prick.

James Taranto gets it, spot on:

But it is a crisis for the press. For journalists of a certain age, Vietnam and Watergate were triumphs that they are eager to repeat. It doesn’t look as though that’s going to happen. Our advice to newsmen? Pray. “Lord, grant me the courage to change what I can, the serenity to accept what I cannot, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Amen. Now stop crusading and report the damn news.
Tags: Editor & Publisher, Greg Mitchell, BDS, Bush Derangement Syndrome, media, activist media, MSM



Faux New Journalists have a wet dream about Bush and conservatives. Then they creat a phoney news/editorial around this drugged out left wing wet dream/story and push it to the other left wingers running the MSM.

Then they try to keep this going with days, weeks and months and even years of repeating the same bs.

The lies about Iraq and those of Wilson/Plame are classic examples of Classical Bush Derangement Syndrome Behavior posing as pseudo news.


11 posted on 08/26/2006 11:14:44 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist Homosexual Lunatic lies/wet dreams posing as news.)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia; George; Milhous; backhoe; Ernest_at_the_Beach

This is another example of why we must document what the left has said when we are exposing them in lies and spins.

A link to a site can be removed or the info at the site can be deleted or changed as it was done in this example.

I call this documentation of what our enemies have posted or stored electronics, Grampa Dave's First Rule:

First Rule: Document what is at a left wing site instead of just using an internet link. If possible put it's contents on Free Republic or other blog cites. Send yourself an email with what was at the cite, word for word, and the link. When the link is removed or the material has been deleted or edited, then we have proof of the malfeasance on the left. Ping our excellent indexers like Backhoe, milhous, cindy, kcvl or whomever so they can document, index and store the info.


12 posted on 08/26/2006 12:09:57 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist Homosexual Lunatic lies/wet dreams posing as news.)
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To: hadit2here
"Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your HONOR. That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoe making and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poor house."

- Mark Twain

I don't think the media term had been coined in Twain's day. He would have referred to The Press, or newspapers, because there was no other media. A Google search of that quote comes up with non-Twain sources.

(Since we are harping on The MSM for inaccuracy, we shouldn't be posting inaccurate quotes on this thread in particular).

13 posted on 08/26/2006 12:26:21 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: Grampa Dave
Let's see.....

Around W's house

How many White House Counsels have committed suicide?
How many interns were murdered at Georgetown coffee houses?
How many dead naked women were found in the Department of Commerce?
How many Secretaries of Commerce were autopsied with a 45 caliber hole in their head?
How many associate Attorney Generals were indited?
How many White House Staffers couldn't get security ?clearances because of failed drug tests?
How many banking associated died of alleged heart failure in jail?
14 posted on 08/26/2006 12:26:48 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: Grampa Dave; abb
HotAir has some input on this.
15 posted on 08/26/2006 12:27:20 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: Grampa Dave
First Rule: Document what is at a left wing site instead of just using an internet link. If possible put it's contents on Free Republic or other blog cites. Send yourself an email with what was at the cite, word for word, and the link. When the link is removed or the material has been deleted or edited, then we have proof of the malfeasance on the left. Ping our excellent indexers like Backhoe, milhous, cindy, kcvl or whomever so they can document, index and store the info.

Excellent advice. A copy-and-paste posted to a FR thread keeps things easy. However leftist moonbats only fool themselves if they honestly believe they can ever take back anything from the Inet. For example Wayback Machine also enables FReepers to recall when The Democratic Socialists of America proudly and prominently displayed endorsements and portraits of Pelosi and her fellow Democrat travelers serving in Congress. Before Pelosi and her minions got embarrassed and sanitized the DSA site by purging their endorsements and portraits.


Proud member of the Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™ Crew of the FReeping Parasitic Information Gatherers Brigade.

16 posted on 08/26/2006 1:08:13 PM PDT by Milhous (Twixt truth and madness lies but a sliver of a stream.)
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To: bert; Grampa Dave

The People President Clinton Didn't Have to Pardon...

Because They're All Dead

http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/c/clintonfriends.htm


17 posted on 08/26/2006 1:11:18 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Plutarch
I don't think the media term had been coined in Twain's day. He would have referred to The Press, or newspapers, because there was no other media. A Google search of that quote comes up with non-Twain sources.

If you can give me any sources that contradict the quote being from Twain, I will certainly revise my file. However, I am in apparently quite good company, as all the searches that I have done on the net cite Twain for that quotation, including "the media" part.

That being said, I found at TwainQuotes.com that they list the last portion of that quote as coming from a Twain speech titled "License of the Press". Until I can verify the first portion, I will no longer include it in the quotation.

However, the part about cretins in the press who "fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse" is the pertinent part anyway. And Mr. Twain's high opinion of said cretins in "journalism" is much, much higher and much more appropriately worded than my opinion of them. [grin]

Thanks for the heads-up though. I will continue to research it. Unlike Rather/Mapes, who continue to proclaim the accuracy of their false reporting.

18 posted on 08/26/2006 2:37:42 PM PDT by hadit2here ("Most men would rather die than think. Many do." - Bertrand Russell)
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To: aft_lizard
I love reading this crap because it gives me ammunition when I ask a liberal who calls Fox News liars, and I ask them what exactly part of the news has Fox lied about, they of course either cant answer...then I bring out the big guns of CBS, NYT and other slimey news organizations that have actually lied.

Hear hear. Every Freeper should commit this list to memory. Note that except for the Janet Cook disaster, these have all happened within the past couple of years!
- NYT: Jason Blair
- WaPo: Janet Cook ("Jimmy's World")
- Boston Globe: BG reporter Patrick Healy "clarifies" Kerry's "foreign leader" remarks
- LAT: Brian Walski "combining" two Iraq photos
- CNN: Operation Tailwind, Eason Jordan, "access" in Iraq
- CBS: "fake but accurate" TNG docs
- NBC: Dateline faking exploding gas tanks on GM pick-ups
- ABC: Food Lion reporting fraud (ABC lost civil court case)
- Newsweek: Koran-flushing
- Fox: Well well well...no fake news!

Note also that this is just a partial list!

19 posted on 08/26/2006 7:30:56 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: jiggyboy
Note also that this is just a partial list!

Sweet! LOL.

abb: wiki also contains an article for Drive-by media. ROTFL.


Proud member of the Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™ Crew of the FReeping Parasitic Information Gatherers Brigade.

20 posted on 08/26/2006 9:27:36 PM PDT by Milhous (Twixt truth and madness lies but a sliver of a stream.)
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To: abb
wiki contains an article for Drive-by media. ROTFL.

Proud member of the Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™ Crew of the FReeping Parasitic Information Gatherers Brigade.

21 posted on 08/26/2006 9:29:27 PM PDT by Milhous (Twixt truth and madness lies but a sliver of a stream.)
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To: hadit2here

LOVE that quote from Sherman. One of my all time favorites. He DID hate the Press.


22 posted on 08/26/2006 9:31:54 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

The falls may not have been turned off for cosmetic purposes as these stories would have you to believe--Loving ficticious honeymooners, tourists at the brink railing, or not.

Niagara's hydroelectric industries--headed up by Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation's Electrometallurgical Works, were the free world's largest supplier of Uranium metal--all in complete secrecy and only revealed a few years ago. That's the same stuff they used at Los Alamos and those other nasty bomb making places. That story never did seem to fit in with the PR brochures made for the honeymooners, tourists and other visitors to Niagara. Hard to sell both at once, openly.

Since 2000, extensive research indicates that massive amounts of radioactive materials were handled, refined and manufactured only a mile or so upstream from the American Falls and along the industrial corridor known as Buffalo Avenue and elsewhere in the city. There's more to this strange story that I will happily post here as I can. The writer Greg Mitchell (unknown to me--a lifelong NF,NY, newspaper reader and longtime contributor) may not have cared much about the secondary truth--when the primary truth was even worse and being thoroughly covered, not reported, but up.

Since when does the US Army Corps of Engineers do a cosmetic project only six months after the Viet Nam TET Offensive on Jan.1, 1969? Why was there only one government contractor (now a big.mil.ind. nuclear cleanup company--37 years later) that did the job dewatering the falls and worked day and night, 24/7 hrs.?

This is one story for the history books--that was written out of the history books the first time around.

More to come about this story within a story, wrapped in another story that was written as a story under false pretense to begin with.

Nuclear Lou,
reporting from
Niagara Falls, New York, USA
"Los Alamos East"
www.atomicniagara.wny.org
THE BOMB THAT FELL ON NIAGARA, an expose' series 2001-2005,
originally published in Artvoice newsweekly magazine, Buffalo, New York. The Niagara Gazette is my 'Hometown Newspaper.'
Formerly The Niagara Falls Gazette


23 posted on 09/23/2006 5:04:57 PM PDT by nuclearlou (Truth stranger than this fiction...Honeymooners has to do with a radiological cleanup...Eeooops!)
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