Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Bob Schieffer Was Fake But Accurate, Before Fake But Accurate Was Cool

Hunter Thompson called this "Gonzo Journalism." But the New York Times calls it "journalism." And now Bob Schieffer completes his self-beclowning by embracing it.
Accurate, but not true. It took 23 years, but on Sunday morning’s Face the Nation, Bob Schieffer contended “everything” in his 1989 book, which provided a derogatory look from the left at the Reagan presidency, was “accurate” – yet “not entirely true.”

The leading title of the book published in January of 1989, when Schieffer held the role of “Chief Washington correspondent” for CBS News,
The Acting President: Ronald Reagan and the Supporting Players Who Helped Him Create the Illusion That Held America Spellbound.
The title matched the condescending view espoused by liberals at the time who attributed Ronald Reagan’s success to fooling gullible Americans through theatrics so they would accept conservative policies with which they disagreed and were supposedly detrimental to them. 

(Larger jpg image of the book cover.)

Schieffer’s comment came during a May 27 Memorial Day weekend segment with
Time magazine editors Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy, authors of The President’s Club, and Robert Merry, author of Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians.

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/brent-baker/2012/05/29/schieffer-calls-his-anti-reagan-book-accurate-admits-it-not-entirely-tr#ixzz1wGSvjofT


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