Media Mudballs Unlikely for Obama Inaugural
  David Gregory, Custodian' of NBC's Biases
  Blackout of Left's "Fairness" Doctrine Push

  Notable Quotables
  Press Releases
  Media Bias Videos
  Special Reports
  30-Day Archive
  Gala and DisHonors
  Best of NQ Archive
  The Watchdog
  About the MRC
  MRC in the News
  Support the MRC
  Planned Giving
  What Others Say
MRC Resources
  Site Search
  Media Addresses
  Contact MRC
  Comic Commentary
  MRC Bookstore
  Job Openings
  News Division
  Business & Media Institute
  Culture and Media Institute

Support the MRC

Free Adobe Acrobat Reader software required to view PDF files.






 Media Reality Check

For Immediate Release: Katie Wright (703) 683-5004 - Wednesday, April 9, 2003

Tell a friend about this site

Alter's "Conventional Wisdom" Box Exposed as Very Unwise

Newsweek's "War Whiplash" Injury

      Often the most free-wheeling, sassy, and downright liberal and partisan property within Newsweek magazine is the "Conventional Wisdom" box, generally credited to Senior Editor Jonathan Alter. In this week's "War Whiplash Edition," the magazine confessed: "The CW charts the manic movements of media/Beltway blowhards, whether right or wrong. Occupational hazard: Arrows can spin overnight." But over the years the "wisdom" of the so-called "media/Beltway blowhards" has tilted very sharply to the left. Last week, they gave Vice President Cheney a down arrow: "Tells Meet the Press just before war, 'We will be greeted as liberators.' An arrogant blunder for the ages." Look at just who made the arrogant historical blunders last week:

George W. Bush Last Week vs. This Week
"Steadfast, but his war cluelessly flings open the gates of hell, making any sort of victory Pyrrhic."

"Looks like he was right about ex-generals' hand-wringing being 'silly.' But it's not over yet."

Donald Rumsfeld Last Week vs. This Week
"Taking fire from TV retired generals for flawed war plan. And how did you miss the fedayeen?"

"Old CW: Orders too few troops to do the job. New CW: Brilliant architect of flexible war plan. But it's not over yet."

Peter Arnett Two Weeks Ago vs. This Week
"Old CW: Gulf War I has-been. New: Once more, unto the Baghdad breach. 'Shock and awe, indeed, Tom!'"

"Old CW: Old warhorse rehabs career in Baghdad. New CW: Stupidly blows career by going on Saddam TV. D'oh!"













Home | News Division | Bozell Columns | CyberAlerts 
Media Reality Check | Notable Quotables | Contact the MRC | Subscribe

Founded in 1987, the MRC is a 501(c) (3) non-profit research and education foundation
 that does not support or oppose any political party or candidate for office.

Privacy Statement

Media Research Center
325 S. Patrick Street
Alexandria, VA 22314