Diane Sawyer +ABC+ Gabby Giffords Special = Yellow Journalism

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    This is the kind of dishonest evocative rewriting of history the in the bubble media practices on a steady basis, I see it on my ABC affiliate just about everyday, from OWS to the debt. and Solyndra coverage.

    ABC and most especially Sawyer should know better, but imho, they don’t like their versions of villainy to be challenged and just, to be fair, just may not know any better because they have lost their objectivity aside from being highly selective. I wonder how Jake Tapper feels about this?


    Gabrielle Giffords Special Ruined by Gratuitous Attack on Sarah Palin, Tea Party

    COMMENTARY | The ABC News "20 20" special with Diane Sawyer that chronicled the struggle of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to regain her faculties after a brain injury as the result of a shooting in January was-for the most part-heart-warming and inspirational.

    The documentary, which also contained the first public interview with Giffords since the shooting, was ruined by a gratuitous attack on tea party opponents of health care reform and on Sarah Palin toward the end of the one-hour special. A short segment showed Giffords confronting an angry crowd of constituents at a town hall meeting. Palin was shown briefly, as was the infamous cross hairs map.


    The segment was shown without context or detail. As Giffords is deservedly a national heroine because of how far she has recovered, the segment gave the clear impression of tea partiers as an angry mob and Sarah Palin as the cause of the shooting.


    ABC News and Sawyer committed journalistic malpractice by dredging up the old accusations without also showing evidence that debunked them. Palin and her map had nothing to do with Giffords' shooting, as was implied in the segment. Jared Loughner, Giffords' assailant, was an insane man who likely never heard of Palin and certainly was unaware of the cross hairs map. Yet ABC chose not to mention this.

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    Gabrielle Giffords Special Ruined by Gratuitous Attack on Sarah Palin, Tea Party - Yahoo! News



    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqH5v-VVp28]Gabrielle Giffords talks to Diane Sawyer - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    It sickens me that Americans are stupid enough to fall for this kind of bullshit. Seriously. I await the left wing borg showing up to 'defend' the 'truth'. I'm seriously beginning to wonder whether they could 'handle the truth'.
     
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    Diane Sawyer is a Talking Head on a dying news medium. You give her too much credit.

    Gabby Giffords was shot in the head and recovered, good for her. But that doesn't mean I have to agree with her politically in any way, shape or form.
     
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    Sawyer like many other liberal talking heads, Chrissy Matthews, Olbermann, Maddow...are washed up Democrat-Progressive USEFUL tools.

    that was sickening what Sawyer said. screw her
     
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    Are you surprised by anything in the media by the left or the right? It's all about ratings baby!

    People can form their own opinions about what happened and why, anyone that needs to be 'spoon fed' information are the same ones that watch reality shows and read People Magazine, and thus can't think for themselves.
     
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    Fake but accurate!!

    /USMB drooling leftist
     
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    The left is exploiting Giffords. Pure and simple.
     
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    This is a really good point. Reality tv and gossip mags will be the death of the country. Certainly they spell the death of intellectualism and critical thought.
     
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    And what do you propose be done about it?

    Other than reaffirming conservative hatred of the press, and providing a rightist a thread topic accordingly, 20/20 and Sawyer are well within their First Amendment right to compose the broadcast as they saw fit.

    Yes, it’s understood you’re upset that the documentary was presented as ‘journalism’ rather than ‘opinion,’ but the basic Constitutional premise remains in force.

    But it’s troubling that you believe viewers are so gullible as to be influenced by the piece, that supporters of Palin and the rightist agenda will suddenly run into the arms of democrats.

    You and those who agree with you must have a very low opinion of the intelligence of your fellow Americans.
     
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    Actually, that would be the left and their constant use of the Big Lie technique.
     
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