AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 8/27/2004 09:05:00 AM ----- BODY: More Media Hijinks - One wonders at times whether the media realizes what type of information can be found on the internet. In this story, linked from Drudge, the reporters say "Wall Street's enthusiasm for US President George W. Bush appears to have cooled as the presidential race tightens and concerns grow about foreign policy and fiscal deficits." Fine. They quote Peter Peterson, who they cite as a "chairman and co-founder of Blackstone Group, the New York investment firm, and former commerce secretary under President Richard Nixon." A former Nixon administration official criticizing the president in a story about defecting Wall Street Republicans? Sounds great, until you check OpenSecrets and see who Peterson has given money to in this race:
PETERSON, PETER G, THE BLACKSTONE GROUP/CHAIRMAN 12/16/2003 $1,000 - Kerry, John PETERSON, PETER G THE BLACKSTONE GROUP/CHAIRMAN 2/9/2004 $1,000 - Kerry, John
The way the story is written makes it sound as though this guy is defecting from Bush. From what I can see, while he supports some Republicans, he's not much of a fan of the president. It would have been nice to know that, and the information is easy enough to come by - took me less than five minutes using a website. Wouldn't it be nice if reporters could put the same amount of time into their work? --------