Friday, February 18, 2005

Most Asinine Eason Jordan Excuse of the Day (So Far)

Jay Rosen, writing today in Pressthink discusses a theory put forward by Doug McGill (Glocal Man):
McGill observes that an executive hopping time zones and traveling the world for CNN jumps in and out of truth frames. "Because things that are accepted as inoffensive and obvious truisms in one part of the world, can be considered outrages in another," he writes. "Such as the assertion that the U.S. military targets journalists from time to time in its operations. That's a truism in much of the Middle East. And it's an almost treasonous claim in today's U.S."
Really, Jay, Doug, you didn't have to invent a new term (truth frames) to explain an already disgraced concept - situational ethics. Situational ethics or ("truth frames") is the refuge of the true weasel; weak people with no core values. It's amazing what a couple of establishment MSM journalists can come up with when they put their minds to excusing the inexcusable, but did we really need another euphemism to explain trendy journalistic nihilism? The Dread Pundit Bluto doesn't think so.