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OPEN FORUM: Reporters should keep their shoes on
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/16/8 | Marc Sandalow

Posted on 12/16/2008 7:50:50 AM PST by SmithL

Google "shoe-thrower" and "Pulitzer" this morning, and you will get a surprising number of hits.

From the streets of Baghdad to the blogs of North America, some are hailing reporter Muntadar al-Zeidi as a hero for having the spine to do what journalists should have done years ago.

They are wrong.

"This is a farewell kiss, you dog," al-Zeidi yelled as he flung his shoes toward President Bush Sunday, in the most entertaining presidential news conference moment since Dan Rather confronted Richard Nixon 35 years ago.

As someone who has attended hundreds of news conferences, including dozens at the White House, sometimes I have wanted to scream far worse at politicians spewing predictable and self-serving pabulum.

And, after watching Bush appear for years before crowds seemingly scrubbed of dissent, I understand the glee in watching the direct confrontation.

But journalists play far too important a role in a democracy to allow themselves to squander their access with emotional outbursts.

There is a reason for the "no cheering in the press box" axiom. The public is entitled to information, and journalists have a responsibility to both elicit and broadcast it. Displays of anger, repulsion or even devotion - no matter how righteous - deny the public that information.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bds; muntadaralzeidi; pressbias; shoe
I am surprised to find this in the SF Chronicle.
1 posted on 12/16/2008 7:50:50 AM PST by SmithL
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To: abb
What did al-Zeidi accomplish? Bush ducked, made a few jokes, and said nothing of substance on the atrocities in Iraq. Access to political figures is a gift that should not be squandered.
And there you have it.
2 posted on 12/16/2008 7:51:59 AM PST by SmithL (Drill Dammit!)
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To: SmithL

Speaking of ‘access’, doesn’t anyone think that the SS reacted to slowly?


3 posted on 12/16/2008 7:55:17 AM PST by griswold3
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To: SmithL

Atrocities???? He wants to talk about atrocities?????

Great. The cult of murder needs to be exposed; Islam is rife with bloodthirsty, horrid monsters who......

...wait......he IS talking about atrocities committed by Al Quaeda, right??


4 posted on 12/16/2008 7:56:24 AM PST by RightOnline
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To: SmithL
The public is entitled to information, and journalists have a responsibility to both elicit and broadcast it.

I hate to tell you this, Marc, but this is not what is going on these days. Not for a long time, in fact.

5 posted on 12/16/2008 7:56:44 AM PST by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: SmithL
Dunno if it's true or not.

Saudi businessman offers $10 million for shoe thrown at Bush

6 posted on 12/16/2008 7:57:05 AM PST by BGHater (Obama is a Neocon.)
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To: SmithL
They can keep their pants on, too, if that CNN woman is any example.

-PJ

7 posted on 12/16/2008 7:58:21 AM PST by Political Junkie Too (You can never overestimate the Democrats' ability to overplay their hand.)
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To: SmithL
But journalists play far too important a role in a democracy to allow themselves to squander their access with emotional outbursts. There is a reason for the "no cheering in the press box" axiom. The public is entitled to information, and journalists have a responsibility to both elicit and broadcast it. Displays of anger, repulsion or even devotion - no matter how righteous - deny the public that information.

Um ... where was that "no cheering in the press box" axiom during the presidential election? Sorry, but it's a little late. Half of the country no longer trusts the mainstream media at all, and the other half are slow learners. 2008 was not just a year with a little unintended bias and a few bad apples who cross the line, it was an all out intentional push with the entire mainstream media serving as the propaganda wing of the Obama Campaign.

Whatever respect and trust journalists may once have had is completely gone. I consider journalists enemies of the state. Just as a Russian double-agent or an Al Qaeda member taking money under the table may provide useful information occasionally, journalists may also provide useful information from time to time, but my assumption is that they are at least as likely to lie for their own ends as they are to tell the truth, and only that likely because the truth may happen to serve their political agenda.

8 posted on 12/16/2008 8:02:12 AM PST by MathDoc (War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. Obama is Good.)
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To: SmithL

Googling “shoe-thrower” and “execution” also yields a lot of hits.


9 posted on 12/16/2008 8:05:00 AM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: SmithL
"There is a reason for the "no cheering in the press box" axiom. The public is entitled to information, and journalists have a responsibility to both elicit and broadcast it. Displays of anger, repulsion or even devotion - no matter how righteous - deny the public that information."

rofl!! Yeah RIGHT!

Does Katie know this? Does Blather? Prissy Matthews? ANYONE?

10 posted on 12/16/2008 8:07:17 AM PST by sweet_diane (I have no problem w/ the color of his skin... it's the content of his character that bothers me!)
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To: SmithL
And since they're too incurious to ask intelligent questions, they may as well keep their mouths shut, too, and just, you know, report.

-Joan

11 posted on 12/16/2008 8:07:28 AM PST by JoanVarga (Contain Your Freakness)
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To: SmithL

Maybe we should start throwing shoes at our elected officials to get their attention?

How about sending worn out shoes to your favorite congress critter to show your appreciation for all they fail to accomplish?

Maybe Jan 20th should be NATIONAL CAST OUT YOUR OLD SHOE DAY?


12 posted on 12/16/2008 8:09:14 AM PST by o_zarkman44 (Since when is paying more, but getting less, considered Patriotic?)
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To: SmithL

What did al-Zeidi accomplish? Bush ducked, made a few jokes, and said nothing of substance on the atrocities in Iraq. Access to political figures is a gift that should not be squandered.

Well apparently he fell down the stairs because he has a broken arm, broken ribs and his face is messed up. Ya THATS what it got him.


13 posted on 12/16/2008 8:09:31 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: 70th Division

Yep. At the end of the day, GWB was still president and this reporter was still a loser. Scoreboard, baby.


14 posted on 12/16/2008 8:13:58 AM PST by qwertypie
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To: BGHater

Actually I have had the feeling that an American News person gave the loon money to throw the shoe..I said this on another thread..I can’t see anyone giving ten million..it could be a story made up by the American press..I don’t trust any of them especially the Muslims news networks that loves BO so much..<maybe even Soros gave the money who knows..In any case we should leave Iraq and not look back if that is the way they feel..The Iraqi president just stood there like a goon and did nothing..Bush should have picked up the shoe and thrown it right back in the fools face really hard broke his stupid nose..


15 posted on 12/16/2008 8:14:35 AM PST by PLD
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To: SmithL
These shoes are made for tossing...
16 posted on 12/16/2008 8:15:25 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Everytime they open their mouth they shoot themselves in the foot.)
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To: SmithL
| 12/16/8 | Marc Sandalow

Mr Sandalow is just jealous!

17 posted on 12/16/2008 8:16:30 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Everytime they open their mouth they shoot themselves in the foot.)
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To: SmithL

“There is a reason for the “no cheering in the press box” rule.”

LOL!!! STERN OBJECTIVITY FROM THE PRESS REQUIRED ACCORDING TO SF CHRONICLE.

If the article were only true, the country might not be in the mess it is in. The press has been throwing brickbats, “shoes”, knowing lies, and everything else they could muster at W for eight years. They have done the same to every R except Chuck Hagel and John McCain. And when an actual conservative shows up, they might as well pull out their garlic, hawthorne stakes, and crosses (as much as the cross part pains them).

On the other side, they have been no better than middle-school dork girls drooling over the Teen-Scene Dream Boy of the Month wondering whether Barak kisses on the first date.

Actually, I regard the Iraqi journalist much more highly than the hypocrites of the American press. He is at least honest that he has an opinion. The US press is loaded with opinions but pretends that it’s coverage is independent of them. Better that US reporters throw shoes. Then at least people would know where their coverage is really coming from.

This article is rank hypocrisy spawned by the rank hypocrites from journalism schools. I’m convinced that most of journalism school is teaching folks how to include opinion in their coverage while pretending to be neutral.


18 posted on 12/16/2008 8:21:03 AM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: SmithL

People in Iraq and all the rest of the muslim nationsknow very well how to get their faces on American television and they want their fifteen minutes of fame as well as anyone here in the US.

That’s why there were 1,000 people demonstrating for this guy. They probably rushed home to see if they could be seen on the CNN news reports.


19 posted on 12/16/2008 8:32:58 AM PST by squarebarb
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To: qwertypie

The Dumbass threw like a girl and missed President Bush from 10 feet away. I could have hit him throwing left-handed.

Soccer is the big sport in Iraq. Figures that the Muslim world calls this Dumbass a ‘hero’....


20 posted on 12/16/2008 8:33:14 AM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: reagandemocrat
I could have hit him throwing left-handed.

Oh, yeah? Good. Expect a friendly visit from Secret Service!

21 posted on 12/16/2008 8:35:06 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Everytime they open their mouth they shoot themselves in the foot.)
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To: qwertypie

Scoreboard, baby! I like that quote. Thanks


22 posted on 12/16/2008 8:35:55 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: SmithL

Throw shoes at a dictator and never be seen again.
Throw shoes at a liberator and become an islamist hero.


23 posted on 12/16/2008 8:36:24 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Revolting cat!

Yeah, and blind-folded, with both arms tied behind my back!


24 posted on 12/16/2008 8:39:37 AM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: SmithL

Actually, al-Zeidi accomplished plenty, but in the opposite direction than he intended. Before the President Bush sent the US military to liberate Iraq from Saddam’s totalitarian regime, any journalist or anyone else who threw a show at a foreign dignitary visiting as a guest of the government would have been hauled off to prison, tortured for a while, and killed.

Thanks to President Bush and the US military, Iraq is now the sort of place where freedom of expression is an option, even for those who use it unwisely and in opposition to the government. Al-Zeidi will not be tortured or killed by the new Iraqi government, and is unlikely to even spend significant time in prison for this high-profile but really minor “assault”.


25 posted on 12/16/2008 8:49:04 AM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: SmithL

Marc, your column puts me in mind of what Mae West said in one of her movies. If American journalists have ever been Snow White...they’ve drifted.


26 posted on 12/16/2008 8:53:02 AM PST by RichInOC (Obama/Biden '08: "We Are Not Ruled By Murderers, But Only--By Their Friends."--Rudyard Kipling)
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To: SmithL


27 posted on 12/16/2008 9:02:01 AM PST by vietvet67
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To: vietvet67

Heheheh


28 posted on 12/16/2008 9:05:16 AM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: SmithL
...after watching Bush appear for years before crowds seemingly scrubbed of dissent, I understand the glee in watching the direct confrontation.

Check back on his opinion when the jobless start to heckle the Obama White House.

29 posted on 12/16/2008 9:42:12 AM PST by Albion Wilde ("Praise and worship" is my alternate lifestyle.)
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To: SmithL

30 posted on 12/16/2008 10:45:39 AM PST by Dr. Marten ("We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office." ~ Aesop)
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To: Dr. Marten

31 posted on 12/16/2008 10:46:42 AM PST by Dr. Marten ("We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office." ~ Aesop)
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