DATE: 4/01/2004 08:52:00 AM
Miniter on Clarke - Richard Clarke apologized to the victims of September 11 and their families in a gag-inducing display that was more self-promotional than penitent. Brendan Miniter says such an apology was unneccessary. Instead, Mr. Clarke should apologize for his error-ridden screed against President Bush.
The media attention to the claims of Clarke were fine, given Clarke's status in two administrations. But the way the media kid-gloved Clarke on his claims that the Clinton administration did more against terrorism than the Bush administration, and Clarke's willingness to let Clinton almost completely off the hook for that president's almost total failure to curb mideast terror - it's reprehensible. The so-called media watchdogs are embarrassing themselves, and shredding their credibility in their transparent attempts to play gotcha with the Bush administration.
And it isn't working for them. Drudge was reporting yesterday that CNN has lost half its audience from a year ago and Fox news has most of the top-rated shows on cable. People don't like unfairness, or outright bias. The major media still doesn't seem to get it - the days of people having nowhere else to go are over. We have plenty of alternatives and as the ratings show, we aren't afraid to go out and find them.