Yesterday, ThinkProgress noted that Fox News host John Gibson had accused reporters of “news-guy snobbery” for covering the Iraq war instead of Anna Nicole Smith. Mocking CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Gibson said, “Oh, ‘There’s a war on! There’s a war on!’ Maybe, just maybe, people are a little weary, Mr. Cooper, of your war coverage, and they’d like a little something else.”
Today, Gibson responded, claiming he had been the victim of a “purposeful and malicious misinterpretation” by the “great left-wing slime machine called ThinkProgress.org.” But Gibson’s monologue only confirmed what we had reported. He repeated again today that reporters who downplay Anna Nicole coverage in favor of Iraq have a “snobby attitude.”
Gibson said today, “People might want a break from the war, to watch the drama in a story like Anna Nicole.”
We aren’t opposed to news anchors like Gibson dedicating some coverage to Anna Nicole Smith, but we do believe that referencing her 300 percent more than Iraq — — as Fox News did — — betrays your obligation to present balanced coverage on the important matters of the day. For his part, Gibson has featured stories on Anna Nicole Smith every single day since her death on Feb. 8 — that’s 19 days straight, a humiliating feat.
If you want to respond to Gibson, write him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GIBSON: My Word starts with your word and an e-mail by Bill Sartori in Windsor Locks, CT. “So, anyone who wants to cover the Iraq war instead of Anna Nicole Bimbo 24/7 is a ‘snob.’ How incredibly ignorant of you Gibson.”
This is an example of the purposeful and malicious misinterpretation department at the great left-wing slime machine called ThinkProgress.org. What they do is take something I have said and make it into something they want me to say, for the purpose of sliming me. I’m not whining just for myself. They do it to anyone who isn’t a card-carrying member of the far left, the out-where-the-buses-don’t-run left of the Democratic party.
I was criticizing an anchor on another network for his snobby attitude toward anyone. Anyone out there in the audience watching tv who wanted to see Anna Nicole coverage. He said, “I just wanted to scream at them, ‘There’s a war on, there’s a war on, there’s a war on.’”
Well, first, we know there’s a war on. I’ve personally spent hundreds of hours of tv and radio discussing the war.
Secondly, we know the mainstream media represented by this particular anchor guy would like to do whatever they can to make sure the war isn’t successful, that it is always viewed as a failure.
My point was something else. That in my many years of doing the news on tv and radio, I’ve often found myself saying, “Oh, I don’t want to do this story,” because I’ve thought there’s something more important that day, like the anchor guy I was criticizing, and I have found that was always a mistake.
It is news snobbism, by definition. The war is a fine thing to cover. Not my intention to say it’s not. The point I was making is that sometimes, people might want a break from the war, to watch the drama in a story like Anna Nicole, and who am I, or who is news person, to say, “No. I don’t want to do it because it’s beneath me.”
But this isn’t the first time I’ve been maliciously misinterpreted by the lefties, like ThinkProgress, and I suppose it won’t be the last time. That is my word. Write to me at email@example.com.