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Journamalism Watch: Time Magazine Edition

The Daily Howler on Time editor Stengel:

Daily Howler: Stengel's remarks last Sunday didn't make much sense, as everyone has noticed--including Ana Marie Cox, who deserves credit for speaking up. (We'd love to start praising her work. By the way, has Stengel SHOUTED AT HER IN A VERY LOUD VOICE because of her transgression?) But Stengel's remarks last Sunday fit a very common pattern. Last Sunday, Stengel was a mainstream journalist looking for ways to promote an RNC line. He couldn't recite the script in its dumbest form. So he came as close as he could. But then, everyone played along last Sunday. Incredibly, all five pundits aped Matthews' line, saying the Dems were just playing politics. No one offered an obvious thought: Democrats should be probing this conduct. It's the way our system works...

And Radar Online:

Fresh Intelligence : Radar Online: In just the last week, new documents emerged contradicting Alberto Gonzales's account... [a] Department of Justice staffer announced her intent to plead the Fifth... Justice officials admitted that it had misled Congress.... Yet the new issue of Time, on stands today, contains precisely zero stories on the scandal. Nothing. As though it's not happening. You could chalk it up to atrocious news judgment, or laziness perhaps, but then there's the bizarre hostility that Time's editors have expressed regarding coverage of the firings. Back in January, Washington bureau chief Jay Carney dismissed them as run-of-the-mill "partisan hackery" and suggested that Josh Marshall, the proprietor of Talking Points Memo, was peddling conspiracy theories in pushing the story. And just last weekend, Time's tight-faced managing editor, Richard Stengel, bemoaned the Democrats' insistence on investigating the firings on The Chris Matthews Show: "I am so uninterested in the Democrats wanting Karl Rove, because it is so bad for them. Because it shows business as usual, tit for tat, vengeance. That's not what voters want to see.... It's small-bore politics."...

Salon's Glenn Greenwald produced recent polls demonstrating that no less than 72 percent of the public is more interested than Stengel in the ongoing congressional investigations into the Justice Department.

You'd think that, given the flak Stengel and Carney have taken, they'd at least own up to their oversight in the new issue...