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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

More on Downing

British Prime Minister Tony Blair's appearance in the U.S. is creating more coverage on the Downing Street memo. This morning, USA Today reported on the memo for the first time and explains why. Even with a bit of an awakening to the story, it still feels like a dying story in the U.S.


Blogger neonormal said...

The last graph of the USA story pasted below sums this up quite nicely.

No one really knows where this came from, the timing of it right before an election is highly questionable, and as I postd elsewhere we may be "memoed out' after the Dan RatherBiased fiasco.

That and the whole mess of annomous sourcing being in the news with Mark Felt.

And don't forget, even if this is a bonafide transcript of meeting notes, the person who leaked it did so for a reason. That person violated someone's trust in him. If you can't trust the messenger, you might want to question the message.

We may be seeing the begining of a trend in the market forces of media consumption wanting more facts and less conjecture. We can get all the black helicopter stories elsewhwere. Maybe the MSM is finally "getting it."

USA TODAY chose not to publish anything about the memo before today for several reasons, says Jim Cox, the newspaper's senior assignment editor for foreign news. “We could not obtain the memo or a copy of it from a reliable source,” Cox says. “There was no explicit confirmation of its authenticity from (Blair's office). And it was disclosed four days before the British elections, raising concerns about the timing.”

9:20 AM  

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