10.24.2008

Jonathan Martin at Politico should apologize or step down

Shit like pushing the original story (with no proof) is expected form the likes of Drudge, but Politico's Jonathan Martin portends to be a real journalist. Bob John is having non of his non-sense.

From Bob Johnson:

Following up on Meteor Blades' recommended diary, Lynch Mob, we should look beyond Fox News to other so-called "reputable" journalists who jumped on the "McCain volunteer attacked" story and promoted it as "fact" -- before the facts were in.

We can start with Jonathan Martin at Politico.

Martin reported this story as fact yesterday, offering this headline and first line:

It's getting ugly out there

A McCain staffer was assaulted last night in Pittsburgh.

Note that he did not use "allegedly attacked.

[snip]

Today, when Martin reported on the hoax, he mentioned not a single word about his own false reporting from the day before.

In fact, he compounds his error by offering the following headline and first line for the piece:

When it rains it pours

Seems like McCain just can't catch a break.

"McCain can't catch a break?" That a young woman wasn't really beaten and mutilated by a big, strong black man? If she had, that would have constituted a "break" for McCain?

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