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clarice

Didn't he also confidently report Rove's imminent indictment?

Florence Schmieg

Please do not dismiss this lightly. There must be some way to get this off our airwaves. If we cannot get anyone at NBC to do the right thing, then send all of this to O'Reilly. Maybe he can make some noise that will force someone to take notice. If nothing can be done, we should all be concerned for the country. Why doesn't every reporter just make up and mislead to fulfill his and his employer's agenda?? So much then for a free press protecting the rights of the people to know the facts. This is serious.

Other Tom

Hell, why waste time with this clown? The ratings on Olbermann's show are minuscule, and the whole gang just preaches to a very small choir. If this case continues to crater in Fitz's face, the final result will be all the more delicious for how it makes this simpleton look.

hit and run

If I were a publisher*, I would be all over Schuster for a book deal.


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*of fiction, that is.

Seixon

A quick example of Shuster Tales:

1. "But the White House started claiming that Iraq and the group responsible for 9/11 were one in the same."

2. "First, they alleged there had been a 1994 meeting in the Sudan between Osama bin Laden and an Iraqi intelligence official."

3. "[the 9/11 Commission] reported that while Osama bin Laden may have requested Iraqi help, "Iraq apparently never responded.""

4. "Confirmed or unconfirmed by Vice President Cheney the 9/11 Commission stated, "We do not believe such a meeting occurred." Why? Because cell phone records from the time show Atta in the United States."

5. "None the less, the White House strategy worked. In March of 2003, one poll found 45 percent of Americans believed Saddam Hussein was personally involved in 9/11."

6. "On the eve of the Iraq war, the White House sent a letter to Congress telling lawmakers that force was authorized against those who, "aided the 9/11 attacks.""

All demonstrably false or misleading statements by David Shuster. In one friggin report. This guy almost makes Jason Leopold look good. Almost.

clarice

Lunch break--Cross afterwards--That's it folks--2d prosecution witness' "compelling" testimony..

Tom Maguire

Didn't he also confidently report Rove's imminent indictment?

Hmm, a bit awkward for me, that.

But if I get a paper cut, I'll look to you to provide the salt.

KIDDING!

pardnering

Associated Plame agreement with MBA or is that MCA last night, it's too much like a memeorandum?

Alcibiades

Sheesh. I used to really enjoy his legal reporting back in the day, when Shuster worked at Fox, and his main beat was reporting on DOJ doings related to the Clinton Impeachment. He used to appear on Brit Hume and other Fox shows back then.

Now it makes me wonder whether he was as wrong then as he is now. And all of his scoops were items he made up, just like now Or perhaps, he was more careful then than he is now, particularly if, ideologically speaking, he was always this much of a leftist.

Or, I suppose the third possibility is, he really just cares about his career, and so is happy to confabulate and exaggerate for whomever has hired him.

Alcibiades

Sheesh. I used to really enjoy his legal reporting back in the day, when Shuster worked at Fox, and his main beat was reporting on DOJ doings related to the Clinton Impeachment. He used to appear on Brit Hume and other Fox shows back then.

Now it makes me wonder whether he was as wrong then as he is now. And all of his scoops were items he made up, just like now Or perhaps, he was more careful then than he is now, particularly if, ideologically speaking, he was always this much of a leftist.

Or, I suppose the third possibility is, he really just cares about his career, and so is happy to confabulate and exaggerate for whomever has hired him.

Jack is Back!

Whatever he has said or made up or reported he has done to fit the agenda of Olberman per se IMHO. Olberman is like the guy who bites off pieces of jigsaw puzzles just to make them fit regardless if the picture turns out to be some tortured rendition of a Piccaso.

Matt

Could it be that Shuster, while seeking the sensational, is simply a dim bulb?

15 watts

I take great offense at that remark, Matt.

Slartibartfast

It would appear that MK is not using the same facts as you, TM.

Jane

Could it be that Shuster, while seeking the sensational, is simply a dim bulb?

My guess is that Shuster, Olbermann, Matthews et al are in cahoots - they are driving an agenda and nothing else matters. No one may listen to them, but no one is making them accountable, and that should be happening.

Tom Fitzgerald

My great concern about Schuster and Olberman is what is says about NBC news. Olberman and Ron Reagan are almost always ill informed and silly. Schuster fits well with the Olberman format. Be aggressively anti Republican and make sure you back up outrageous questions by only having syncophant guests and reporters.
On Fox, Hannity and O'Reilly can both bug me at times but there is nothing even close to the dishonest unfairness at MSNBC. One gets the feeling guys like Olberman, Shuster and Reagan represent the barely hidden feelings of Russert and the rest of the NBC news team.

Tom Maguire

It would appear that MK is not using the same facts as you, TM.

Troubling, considering his site's motto:

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.

He must have an unpublished "David Shuster exception".

topsecretk9

I am waiting to see if he's able to work in Bat Boy in todays reporting.

Cecil Turner

It would appear that MK is not using the same facts as you, TM.

Wow. "Reality Based," eh? Even if that'd been Fitz's meaning, would a bare assertion qualify as proof? Hard to credit.

10 watts

I'll have the roast duck with mango salsa.

Matt

Sorry 15 watts; didn't me to degrade you with that comment. You're clearly brighter than Shuster.

Slartibartfast

He must have an unpublished "David Shuster exception".

That's kind of what I was thinking. Either that or we've encroached on a region where wishful thinking simply outweighs the facts at hand.

Ellers Ellison "Ellsberg" McWilson

Jealous much?

David Shuster has had his statements read on major networks, has a journalism degree, and is author of the New York Times Best Selling Book “How Would A Patriot Misreport The News?” His comments often become front-page stories on most major newspapers in the country. And he has one of the most-read blogs on the Interent, after just 9 months of blogging. I love how all you super-important rightwing bloggers attack me, I mean him, just to get traffic.

I bid you GOOD DAY, sir.

Matt

Shuster's inability to report accurately (and not just about Plame) must come from at least one of the following: a poor comprehension of the written or spoken language; a desire to sensationalize the news; or an overwhelming ideological bias.

I think it's rather sad for such a successful reporter to make as many fundamental mistakes as he does.

Penny

I have the same problem with Shuster that I had with my ex: I can't tell if he's a liar or is just plain stupid.

Dan S

When you can't tell, Penny, it's likely it's both.

daveinboca

Fitzgerald knew going into the SProsecutor follies that Armitage was the leaker to Novak. The whole circus betrays the legal system just as Billy Jeff's lying under oath becomes okay "because it's about sex."

Hope that Hillary gets to address special pleadings like BJ's during her upcoming jousts with reality.

JJ

In what sense is Shuster a successful reporter?

He is always sensational...while not accurate. (Great list of Shuster goofs above.) He's successful as a sensationalist!?

Problem with Shuster is that he is with only major media video voice hyping the Plame trial and he is doing is all wrong.

Brit Hume and panel hit some good points on Fox tonight but not enough.

One good, thorough major news outlet reviewing the Libby trial with some faithfulness to accuracy would bury Shuster forever.

But then that is the famous split personality of the media, isn't it? Sensationalism sells and good news summaries sell -- but sensationalism sells more and editorial looniness isn't far behind!

So, forget Shuster, yessir. Being thankful for bloggers who check it all, whoops!

clarice

Sunny Day has retrieved from the ap this list of all the exhibits today. Click on each document and you can open and read it.

Very wonderful--Hope this sets a standard for high profile cases/matters..Instead of , say Gregory or Shuster telling me what it says, I can actually read it for myself (and you can, too).

http://wid.ap.org/documents/libbytrial/index.html

cathyf

You know, one thing I don't quite get is why the reporters don't play this to their own advantage. All of a sudden, we have this epidemic of out-of-control prosecutors (Earle, Nifong, Fitzgerald). One of those guys harassed multiple reporters, including sending one to jail for nearly 3 months. Obvious conclusion: we need a federal journalist shield law.

These folks are so busy spreading their legs for the wacko leftos, they haven't even noticed the golden opportunity that they are letting slip away. I suppose that just proves that, no matter how craven the prosecutors, the journalists shouldn't get a journalist privilege -- they lack the brains & ethics to be allowed such a thing.

clarice

Sad but true. This case pushed back the bounds on reporter-source confidentiality and I predict as the trial proceeds their case will have been lost utterly as people see how they operate and are disgusted.

It's the last group deserving of testimonial privilege--they have so abused our trust in this matter alone.

TCO

I think if you are forced to spend so much time on going after flawed negative reports, that it may mean that you are avoiding the key areas where Fitz is pinning Libby to the wall.

Tom

In additon to alleging that Karl Rove would be "indicted", Shuster also alleged that Dennis Hastert would "resign" as Speaker of the House prior to the November elections because of the Mark Foley "scandal". Shuster is the perfect "reporter" for Matthews' unwatched show and Keith Odormoronn's equally unwatched gameshow Meltdown.

terri

And PMSNBC talks about how biased Fox News is. Every show and reporter on PMS, is biased left.

MJW

Shuster has merged the principles of the alternative media and the reality-based community to the ultimate synthesis: the alternate reality media.

hit and run

Tom -- your post was picked up by the NRO Media Blog

eyes open mind alert

so sorry i gave this site a "hit." justoneminute is wall to wall delusion.

drjohn

shuster is a scheister

battery

shuster is a scheister

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