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Kurtz: Press “Negligent” In Silence Over Biden Availability

Earlier today, Howard Kurtz held his weekly chat where he covered such topics as press access to Joe Biden; the newly surfaced radio interviews with Barack Obama; and the media coverage of the debunked story of a McCain staffer being attacked in Pittsburgh. Some excerpts:

Dunn Loring, Va.: Much was made of Palin’s refusal to address the press, but now that it’s been a month since Obama has faced a press conference and Biden has shown he will cut off any station that asks him tough questions, The Post has ignored the issue of press accessibility. Why the different standards?

Howard Kurtz: I said on Reliable Sources yesterday that the press has absolutely been negligent in failing to make an issue of Joe Biden failing to take questions from his traveling press corps since Sept. 10. Now that Palin, who had been in something of a bunker, is giving more interviews (Brian Williams and Chicago Tribune last week, several instances of talking to the reporters traveling with her), where are the stories about Biden’s inaccessibility? It smacks of a double standard. Obama, by the way, did take questions from reporters last week before going to Hawaii to visit his grandmother.

Dunn Loring, Va.: Could you explain how The Washington Post can justify sending plane loads of reporters to Alaska to investigate Palin while refusing to review past Obama radio interviews where he discusses his desire to redstribute Americans’ wealth?

Howard Kurtz: I don’t know what radio interviews you’re talking about, but let me make two points.

One, can we stipulate it’s responsible journalism to send reporters (actually a handful, who wouldn’t even fill up a two-engine plane) to look into the record of a vice-presidential nominee who was largely unknown to the vast majority of Americans until two months ago?

Second, the progressive tax code has been redistributing the wealth since its inception, since the wealthier pay more. Some contend that the Reagan and Bush tax cuts redistributed income toward the wealthy. It’s fine to criticize Obama’s plan to rescind the Bush cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans, but that hardly amounts to socialism.

Ashley Todd Question: I have a question about Ashley Todd — the imaginary-backwards-B-race-baiter. I live in the neighborhood that she claimed the attack happened in, and everyone I knew immediately was sure the whole thing was a hoax. I actually know people who were driving and walking by the ATM at the time she claimed the attack happened who (obviously) saw nothing.

I’m relieved the hoax was outed, but I’m curious what you think the follow-up will be by the media. The fact that reports showed up on Drudge and FOX before any local media outlets says a lot to me. Now some people in the media are claiming that Republican National Committee folks gave quotes to the press about what the imaginary attacker said before they really should have had any information on it. Was this hoax perpetrated from a higher level than just Todd herself? Will there be more stories about this in the media, or will it just die a quiet death? At least one good thing came out of the whole incident: I now have the easiest Halloween costume ever!

Howard Kurtz: I think the media showed rare restraint in that suspicious-sounding case. Most organizations didn’t touch it, even with the big Drudge headline, although just about everyone jumped on it after Todd was exposed as a hoaxer. It is true that a McCain campaign official in Pennsylvania tried to spread the word to reporters in an effort to hurt Obama, and that’s pretty troubling given that the woman’s allegations hadn’t been confirmed by police.

Morning Reading List, 10.10.08

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Morning Reading List, 10.09.08

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Morning Reading List, 10.06.08

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Morning Reading List, 10.03.08

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Morning Reading List, 10.02.08

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Morning Reading List, 09.30.08

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O’Reilly: “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not acting.”

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Bill O’Reilly went on Marvin Kalb‘s “The Kalb Report” Saturday afternoon to discuss journalism, commentary and the role of “The O’Reilly Factor” in influencing public opinion.

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Morning Reading List, 09.10.08

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Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet The Press: Sen. Joe Biden and New York Times’ Tom Friedman.

  • Face The Nation: Sen. John McCain.

  • This Week: Sen. Barack Obama and a roundtable with The New York Times’ David Brooks, The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart, and ABC News’ Martha Raddatz and George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Obama strategist David Axelrod and McCain campaign manager Rick Davis.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: John McCain’s campaign manager, Rick Davis. Also, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne and Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Joe Klein of Time magazine; Andrea Mitchell of NBC News; John Heilemann of New York magazine; and Michele Norris of National Public Radio.

  • Reliable Sources: Sally Quinn, Washington Post, Emily Rooney, host, “Beat the Press” on WGBH, Roger Simon, Politico.com, Amanda Carpenter, Townhall.com, Joan Walsh, Salon.com, Ed Henry, CNN White House Correspondent, Lola Ogunnaike, CNN American Morning Entertainment Correspondent and Matthew Felling, media commentator.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Austan Goolsbee, Barack Obama for President, Economic Adviser will be interviewed by Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press, Chief Economics Writer & Michael Crittenden, Dow Jones Newswires, Banking & Finance Reporter.

  • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Sen. Jon Kyl (R) Arizona, Gov. Tim Kaine (D) Virginia, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) California, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) Texas, Robert Gibbs, Obama Campaign Adviser, Nancy Pfotenhauer, McCain Economic Adviser, Alex Castellanos, Republican Strategist, James Carville, Democratic Strategist, Ed Henry, CNN White House Correspondent, Tara Wall, Republican Strategist, Washington Times, Donna Brazile, Democratic Strategist, Suzanna Malveaux, CNN White House Correspondent and William Schneider, CNN Senior Political Analyst.

  • Fareed Zakaria GPS: Rory Stewart, Author, The Places in Between, Yoshihisa Komori, Editor-at-Large, Sankei Shimbun, Josef Joffe, Editor, Die Zeit, Charles Onyango-Obbo, Columnist, The Nation and Nic Robertson, CNN Senior Int’l Correspondent.

  • Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Karen Finney, DNC Communications Director, Rich Galen, Republican Strategist, David Drucker, Roll Call and Emily Heil, Roll Call.

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