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Beating the press

I’ll be a panelist on “Beat the Press” tomorrow (WGBH-TV, Channel 2, 7 p.m.).

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Your own lying eyes


  1. An Astute Observer

    Let me guess, are going to use your journalistic integrity to let everyone watching Gr Boston that Sarah Palin is the devil incarnate…and it will lead to the end of the world as we know it….because she had a tanning bed.Can’t wait to tune in….Can you say embarrassing?

  2. Bill H.


  3. Dan Kennedy

    Not So Astute: You are aware that I’ve been a regular for 10 years, aren’t you? Your tone suggests you think I’m making my first appearance.

  4. An Astute Observer

    No, I’ve seen you all along on BTP…even before you got on the “Palin is the anti-Christ” road show.After the umpttenth post about tanning beds, etc….I think we can tell what you are going to say.

  5. Dan Kennedy

    Ah, yes, my “umpttenth” post about tanning beds. Tell me, is that Not So Astute-speak for, like, one?

  6. O-FISH-L

    Dan, who is the token non-liberal on the panel this week? What happened to Bob Zelnick? One can only guess that his intelligent, persuasive and non-liberal views made him the skunk at the garden party and he was never asked back. Joe Sciacca seems like a nice guy, but c’mon.

  7. Dan Kennedy

    Fish: I like Bob a lot, and have quoted him in my stories a number of times over the years. I have no idea why he’s no longer on the show. I’m not an insider.

  8. An Astute Observer

    >>Ah, yes, my "umpttenth" post about tanning beds.<<Posts about things such as "tanning beds".I didn't realize good journalism depended on wther you were a Republican or a Democrat.

  9. Tunder

    I love that some of you like to fault Dan for his own views on his own blog. What a riot!Dan, BTP is a gem. I’ll be watching tomorrow night.Also, Sarah Palin is not the anti-Christ. Just completely clueless at a time when the country needs some serious leadership.

  10. An Astute Observer

    Tunder, you can have any views you want, they don’t even have to make sense.But Dan is a journalism professor (assistant?).He claims to do media analysis.He should start dating Keith Olberman. Olberman can do the Obama Cheerleading….and Dan can sell the doom and gloom story about Sarah Palin.

  11. mike_b1

    Not so astute: Since when it is wrong for a journalist to share their opinions? Ever heard of Fox News?

  12. Tunder

    Yup, loved the hard-hitting non-partisan interview Fawn Hannity had with Palin. Keith Olbermann’s cheerleading is just shameful compared to that.

  13. sdeco

    Will you be on every week now Dan, I notice they moved you over a few chairs. My wife and I never miss the show.

  14. Rick

    Obama had his e-mail hacked also(it’s a joke)

  15. Dan Kennedy

    Sdeco: After Mark Jurkowitz left a couple of years ago, I went from about half the time to most of the time. I don’t think that’s going to change. And thank you for watching!

  16. io saturnalia!

    More people would watch if they put a blonde with sensational gams on the stage, just like they do on “Red Eye.”Seriously, I dig the show and generally love the blog (even though there’s never any Patriots chat).

  17. Doug Shugarts

    Not sure what’s on the slate tonight, but the peerless Stuart Taylor has the best take of political coverage I’ve read in weeks:We still have many great journalists, but I no longer trust the major newspapers or television networks to provide consistently accurate and fair reporting and analysis of all the charges and countercharges. This in an era when the noise produced by highly partisan TV hosts and blogs creates a crying need for at least one newspaper that we can count on to play it straight.Doug Shugarts

  18. An Astute Observer

    >>Since when it is wrong for a journalist to share their opinions?<<Opinions are fine. However, when it's always one-sides…then the journalist baically has become a shill.>> Ever heard of Fox News?<<So Dan is aiming to become the Fox News of the Left?Let's set the bar high, why don't we?

  19. mike_b1

    Not so astute: When I start hearing you whine about Fox News being biased, that’s when I know you’re serious.Bitching about the biases of a guy with a blog and 15 or so regular commenters is about as useful as praying for rain.

  20. An Astute Observer

    The people who complain about Fox readily enjoy the same style of reporting from MSNBC 9albeit from the other political side).

  21. Dot Lane

    “The people who complain about Fox readily enjoy the same style of reporting from MSNBC 9albeit from the other political side)”Not really. People may enjoy the same style of *commentary* from MSNBC, but the news *reporting* of Fox News is in a class of its own and may well in fact be all commentary, all the time. On the other hand, I was interested to see Fox insist that the voice of one of its reporter be removed from a McCain campaign commercial. What is it with the McCain campaign using materials at its rallies and in its commercials that it doesn’t have the rights to use?

  22. Ani

    I think from the point of view of an outsider, like someone from another country, we all probably look more or less alike than different, just tossing around the same standard dialogue over and over again, supporters and critics alike — like skins and shirts in a phys ed class soccer game. But maybe as a relative newcomer, I am missing the point of all this. What I would love to see are new and helpful ideas coming out of the discussion.

  23. acf

    Ani: It’s true, we probably do look more alike than different, aside from a few gadflies disagreeing with the crowd. Another way to describe what goes on is ‘preaching to the choir’. We tend to rant and kvetch against whatever, more or less getting some comfort, from knowing that there are others who think as we do. We probably don’t want new ideas, because in our minds what we have done is come to the conclusion that whatever the opposition thinks is wrong and without much merit, so we gravitate to sites that support our feelings and positions. As a relative newcomer, you don’t have that built up resistance against ideas from the political opposition. So much the better. Welcome.

  24. Ani

    Thank you, acf.

  25. An Astute Observer

    *””The people who complain about Fox readily enjoy the same style of reporting from MSNBC (albeit from the other political side)”***Not really. People may enjoy the same style of *commentary* from MSNBC, but the news *reporting* of Fox News is in a class of its own**There you have it…another Kool-Aid drinker.At NBC the news reporting IS commentary.Just look who they had ANCHORING their convention coverage. Embarrassing.

  26. Dan Kennedy

    Not So Astute: Look who NBC had anchoring its convention coverage? Uh, that would have been Brian Williams. Do you have a problem with that?

  27. An Astute Observer

    You must mean NBC’s 1 hour of coverage?I’m talking about PMS-NBC’s wall-to-wall coverage.The two knuckleheads that embarrassed NBC so much it was announced that they would not be anchoring any more live news events….like debates.Apparently B Williams and Tom Brokaw spoke up.

  28. Dan Kennedy

    Not So Astute: Of course I’m talking about NBC’s one hour of coverage, because you specifically cited NBC. Olbermann and Matthews did not appear on NBC. I mean, hell, would you like to talk about Animal Planet? How about the Food Network?

  29. An Astute Observer

    MSNBC is NBC news.The late Russert, Andrea Mitchell, David Schuster, David Gregory, etc.Did you not know that NBC runs MSNBC?You should be up on these things as a media analysist

  30. Dan Kennedy

    Not So Astute: You are impossible, and I need to stop responding to you. Everyone on the planet knows that NBC is the part-owner of MSNBC. I was responding to what you wrote:At NBC the news reporting IS commentary.Just look who they had ANCHORING their convention coverage.Brian Williams. Olbermann and Matthews did not appear. Get it?

  31. An Astute Observer

    **Olbermann and Matthews did not appear. Get it?**Steve Capus runs both. Get it?The MSNBC Meltdown

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