Today's Infernal Triangle 2000-24 watch, media incompetence corner: in 2006, mainstream political media figures began describing to onslaughts of factual debunking of Bush from progressive blogosphere as "reverse Fox." David Broder takes the lead that June:
“The blogs I have scanned are heavier on vituperation of President Bush and other targets than on creative thought. Fortunately, there are others that these ‘net roots’ activists working on the challenge of defining the Democratic message.”…
Jay Carney, then Time's DC correspondent (now an Amazon flack), CRUSHED by a fusillade of fact-checking in February of '07, replies that ""the left is as full of unthinking Ditto-heads as Limbaugh-land."…
At a panel I attended at the second Yearly Kos conference in '07: "The trick, the key commercial achievement of Rupert to tell people they're not just engaged in a commercial're actually engaged in a crusade." Left sees "conspiracy" on right... sez, ""Therefore let's do it"--devise a conspiracy--"on the other side." It's a reverse Fox, that's to say: "I'm concerned as a working journalist to see people mimicking the things they criticize." Then David Schuster o NBC, who claims...
Chris Matthews is the "reason" there was a debate about going to war in Iraq, concluding: "It's a great benefit to have an extra set of eyes and ears, or thousands of sets of eyes and ears. But it's also useful to have an opportunity to have a mainstream view."
And when New York's firefighters union compiled a careful--and ACCURATE--compendium of Rudy Giuliani's mistakes around 9/11, Newsweek calls it "swift boating"--a reference to the right's MADE-UP attacks on John Kerry's military service in 2004.…

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