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Karl Rove To "Balance" Kos At Newsweek The Nation
Yahoo News ^ | 11-15-2007

Posted on 11/15/2007 2:43:01 PM PST by blam

Karl Rove To "Balance" Kos at Newsweek The Nation

The Nation -- Newsweek announced that Karl Rove, the controversial architect of the rise and fall of the modern G.O.P., will join its ranks as a new contributor to balance the recent hire of blogger Markos Moulitsas.

This is an odd pair on several levels. First, it makes Kos look huge. His web commentary and grassroots organizing have earned him a media perch on par with one of the most powerful people to ever work in the Bush White House. If columns are going to be handed out based on power, then at least Newsweek understands that there is power beyond holding office in Washington.

Second, it reveals a common misunderstanding of partisanship in the traditional media. In this model, Rove and Moulitsas automatically balance out each other's partisanship, because they are political operators. I doubt it. Rove has spent an entire political career devoted to the advancement of the G.O.P. and its politicians. Moulitsas has spent his political career toggling between support and confrontation with the Democratic Party. Yes, he's a liberal partisan Democrat who generally wants the party to win. But he has repeatedly challenged Democratic politicians, offering criticism, scorn, ridicule and several well-funded primary challenges. He even sits on the board of They Work For Us, an independent organization devoted to pressuring incumbent Democrats and supporting primary challenges. So while Rove and Moulitsas are both more politically active than a typical columnist, they are nowhere near equal on the partisanship scale. Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham says that means readers will "know that what they get from Karl has to be judged in the context of who Karl is...Readers will have to decide if he's simply an apologist." Fine, "reader beware" applies to both of them. Now let's keep track of how many times Rove flatly criticizes Republicans, or calls for a primary against a senior Republican senator in a safe seat.

Third, of course, there's this constant media fixation with "balance" itself. If the goal is something like equal time for liberals and conservatives, most of the media is failing badly. A recent study found conservatives have 60% of the the syndicated newspaper columns, while 58% of the Sunday show guests were conservative in 2005. Then, apart from the numbers, equal time cannot substitute for factual, thoughtful news and commentary. Criticizing Moulitsas' endorsement of the balance approach, Portfolio's Jeff Bercovici breaks it down: Is that what it's about? Balance? So you have a liberal shouting on one side, and a conservative shouting on the other side, and if their voices exactly cancel each other out, you've done your job? That sounds like Crossfire, or like the obligatory post-debate spin room, not like a magazine with an outsize regard for its own reputation.

Maybe we all just have to live in that spin room now. At least it's "balanced" by partisanship.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: balance; karlrove; kos; liberalmedia; newsweek

1 posted on 11/15/2007 2:43:04 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

This shows how completely out of touch Rove has become. Good riddance and may you be flushed down the toiletto with the rest of the elit Rino ilk. I will make a special trip to the bookstore and shake out all the subscription litter cards and drop them in the mail for processing.


2 posted on 11/15/2007 2:45:43 PM PST by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: blam

Rove would eat this guy alive.


3 posted on 11/15/2007 2:46:41 PM PST by Bruinator
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To: blam

This is like Mozart vs. Snoop Dog.


4 posted on 11/15/2007 2:46:42 PM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion (Global warming is to Revelations as the theory of evolution is to Genesis.)
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion

This is like the Swift Boat Vets versus JFnK.


5 posted on 11/15/2007 2:48:41 PM PST by rocksblues (Just enforce the law!)
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To: rocksblues

LOL! Yup!


6 posted on 11/15/2007 2:49:33 PM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion (Global warming is to Revelations as the theory of evolution is to Genesis.)
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To: blam

Just as a note, this is an editorial from The Nation reprinted by Yahoo News.


7 posted on 11/15/2007 2:50:14 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: blam
Another reason to avoid Newsweak like the plague.
8 posted on 11/15/2007 2:51:13 PM PST by Doctor Raoul (Columbia = Ayatollah U.)
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To: MediaMole
Just as a note, this is an editorial from The Nation reprinted by Yahoo News.

Was it written by Katrina Van DuhNeedAMan?

9 posted on 11/15/2007 2:53:25 PM PST by Doctor Raoul (Columbia = Ayatollah U.)
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To: Doctor Raoul

There’s nothing wrong with a liberal woman that her first orgasm won’t cure...


10 posted on 11/15/2007 2:54:05 PM PST by Doctor Raoul (Columbia = Ayatollah U.)
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To: blam
Karl Rove To "Balance" Kos At Newsweek The Nation

It won't be all fireworks, Karl Rove and Kos will both agree on importing 20 million illegals as Democrat voters.

11 posted on 11/15/2007 3:01:04 PM PST by RJL
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To: blam
If this is true it is a sell out of epic proportions, imho. Putting that kos nut on a level with Rove should be an affront to Rove. Rove and Bubba? I could live with. This kos nut and me? I could live with. Rove and this kos nut? Rove should be ashamed.
12 posted on 11/15/2007 3:04:28 PM PST by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: Doctor Raoul

Heh, heh!

;^)


13 posted on 11/15/2007 3:05:47 PM PST by elcid1970
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To: blam

I don’t get it. The article says Rove was “the controversial architect of the rise and fall of the modern G.O.P.” I get the fall part — but how in the heck did he have a tinker’s dam to do with the rise?

The GOP rose because of the New Right and Ronald Reagan. It treaded water doing George the First years. And it then plunged to an ignominious new low doing the disastrous reign of George the Second and his court jester Rove.

The far left just can’t seem to get anything right. Nor could the egregious Rove.


14 posted on 11/15/2007 3:05:51 PM PST by lapster
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To: blam

“...Rove, the controversial architect of the rise and fall of the modern G.O.P....”

Who writes this garbage? What a drama queen... He should wear his propeller beanie hat and try out for a soap opera stint starring Lassie, a fire hydrant and an unemployed steam roller operator named Pancake.


15 posted on 11/15/2007 3:07:35 PM PST by sergeantdave (The majority of Michigan voters are that stupid and the condition is incipient and growing.)
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To: blam

I don’t care what either of these men think.


16 posted on 11/15/2007 3:09:59 PM PST by B4Ranch (( "Freedom is not free, but don't worry the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share." ))
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To: blam

Rove is actually going to scribe for Newsweek?? Nice! Who will he drive crazier, Libs or “Bunker conservatives”?

Pray for W and Our Troops


17 posted on 11/15/2007 3:10:37 PM PST by bray (Think "Betray U.S." Think Democrat)
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To: blam

Doesn’t matter to me as I mostly wouldn’t read that POC rag even if The Gipper wrote articles from the afterlife for them. The only time I do read it is in the dentist’s office to get me ready for the pain.


18 posted on 11/15/2007 3:13:41 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: blam
Did ANY of you read his recent columns in the Wall Street Journal???

http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110010620

and

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1923341/posts

Getting his voice out there, IMHO, is a plus - and if not in a publication of YOUR approval = did you ever think that he can have more of an impact if in a publication that isn’t considered strictly and exclusively conservative?

It’s nice to preach to the quire, and it makes us feel good = but we’re already on board. If he get’s read out there in blue-country, just maybe some people will wake up.

Rather comical, even tho’ sadly so, how y’all jumped up and down and clapped when his columns appeared in the WSJ - but now he’s a loser???

Get a clue, folks

19 posted on 11/15/2007 3:47:29 PM PST by maine-iac7 (",,,but you can't fool all of the people all the time" LINCOLN)
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To: blam
Rove to Write for Newsweek
20 posted on 11/15/2007 3:53:16 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: bray
“Bunker conservatives”?

from the posts here already, so diametrically opposed to those of his recent 'srcibing' in the op/ed of WSJ, I'd bet on our "Bunkers..."

(see my post #19)

What a bunch of bunker-heads -


21 posted on 11/15/2007 3:58:54 PM PST by maine-iac7 (",,,but you can't fool all of the people all the time" LINCOLN)
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To: PJ-Comix; Charles Henrickson

This is fertile ground for DUmmie FUnnies. The greatest intellectual mismatch since Buckley/Vidal or Hannity/Colmes. The KOmmies are going to spun up in a state of pisstivity over this.


22 posted on 11/15/2007 4:05:03 PM PST by Paul Heinzman (Rove, you magnificent bastard; you've done it again!)
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To: Doctor Raoul
There’s nothing wrong with a liberal woman that her first orgasm won’t cure...

That's excellent tagline material.

23 posted on 11/15/2007 4:22:58 PM PST by Paul Heinzman (Rove, you magnificent bastard; you've done it again!)
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