An exercise by the New York Times in solipism and delusions of grandeur:
If an important meeting takes place in the Oval Office and there are no television cameras to record it, did the meeting matter? [This line makes me want to slap the "journalist."]
ABC, NBC and CBS all led their evening news programs with the Sept. 11 commission's meeting with President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney yesterday. Yet no television news program had images of the encounter. A paranoid conspiracy theorist could conclude that the much-anticipated White House interview never took place.
There were no pictures of Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney sitting side by side in front of the Oval Office fireplace. There was no tape of the president or Mr. Cheney greeting or talking to commission members at the White House entrance.
On a day when viewers could watch American marines battling rebels in Falluja and see Jayson Williams squirm in his courtroom seat while awaiting a verdict on manslaughter charges, the blackout at the White House was striking.
CNN and other cable networks had to resort to showing, over and over, an archival tape from a 2003 interview that Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney gave while seated in armchairs in front of the Oval Office fireplace. The closest most viewers got to the Oval Office yesterday was watching "The Wayne Brady Show," whose guest was Dule Hill, the actor who plays a White House aide on "The West Wing."
The White House's insistence on a private, no-tech meeting made political sense — the president's aides have no interest in allowing pictures that might make him look vulnerable under questioning or overly reliant on his older vice president. But the nonvisual event was so anathema to television that at one point, the CNN anchor Daryn Kagan said it seemed as if "the event took place in the 18th century."[All emphasis mine]
Forget bias, this arrogance and obliviousness is the real reason people don't like mainstream media.
Article first seen at Amish Tech Support.