All the Hyman's Spin
Just in case you had any lingering doubts about the level of duplicity Mark Hyman is capable of, take a look at his recent commentary about Bob Woodward.
Hyman notes that some of his fellow reporters at the Washington Post are “miffed” about Woodward’s recent actions. What are these actions? Hyman isn’t specific. He suggests it has something to do with Woodward working “unsupervised” and that he has been “caught skirting the boundary of truth.” He also suggests that Woodward is simply an example of some journalists’ “zeal to get the scoop and to promote their political agendas.”
Why might Hyman not get specific when it comes to laying out the sins of the Washington Post’s star reporter? Because what Woodward’s colleagues are “miffed” about is that he knowingly withheld information about the administration’s role in making Valerie Plame’s identity public. This illegal outing was used as a means of punishing Plame’s husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, for his contradiction of the Bush party line about Iraq’s purchasing of uranium from Niger.
In fact, as any number of media observers have noted (including Sidney Blumenthal, Joe Conason, and the ever-vigilant Media Matters for America), Woodward has served as an apologist for the Bush administration, openly mocking the investigation into the leak, making false statements about the origins of the investigation, and doing so while withholding his own tacit role in the cover-up (all of which is coming back to haunt him, now that Scooter Libby has been indicted).
If Hyman were a man of principle who actually cares about the role of journalism in a democracy, he would criticize Woodward for his actions (and inactions) specifically, pointing out that even though he several “Point” commentaries have attempted to discredit Wilson, Woodward must be held accountable, even if his actions served a cause with which Hyman himself agreed.
But Hyman brings every last ounce of the cynicism that is the hallmark of his editorials to this topic, using intentionally vague statements about Woodward as a tool with which to repeat his drumbeat of criticism against newspaper journalists in general, a group that represents an economic rival to the company Hyman works for, and which (in Hyman’s odd world) is also a political enemy (despite the fact that major newspapers tend to be owned by large corporations, endorse Republicans for president, and use partisan labels more often when describing liberals).
Worried about those who use journalistic license to “skirt the truth” in order to promote a political (and financial) agenda? Look in the mirror, Mark.
And that’s The Counterpoint.
Hyman Index: 3.97