Michelle Malkin’s lead story tonight is titled Manufacturing the news: ABC News hires actors to engage in homosexual PDA, provoke reaction.
I don’t get why I’m supposed to be outraged over this:
When you don’t feel like covering the news, you manfacture it. Remember the story I broke last spring about NBC News engineering a sting at NASCAR to try and expose fans as anti-Muslim bigots? Well, it looks like the dinosaur networks haven’t learned from the embarrassing backlash to that pathetic episode. Or Rathergate. Or Shattered Glass. Or Janet Cooke. Or Scott Thomas Beauchamp. Etc. etc. etc.
Now, according to the local Fox affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama, it looks like ABC News is engaging in media stage management and Theater of Journalism to expose anti-homosexual bigotry in the South:
ABC is doing a social experiment in Birmingham that includes having same-sex couples show affection for each other in public, according to Birmingham police department sources.
FOX6 first learned about this story from a Southside merchant who pointed out an RV parked at the corner of 20th Street and 11th Avenue South. The merchant said ABC was working on a week-long project to see how people would react to things like public displays of affection by gay and lesbian couples. A FOX6 news reporter approached the RV and talked with an “actor” who said, “Yes, we are working for ABC News.”
The “experiment” is apparently for ABC’s Primetime Live program, which is running a series of undercover stings titled “What Would You Do?”
Welcome to Serious Broadcast Journalism: If you can’t find the video you need to fit the P.C. left narrative, hire actors to make it happen.
Dinosaur network news motto: All the news that’s fit to stage.
Sorry, but I wouldn’t call that “staged” news. It’s called investigative journalism, which often requires some level of deceit. Now, if ABC had hired actors to fake their reactions to the gay couples, then she could call it staged news. Or if ABC, say… got a group of gays together for a “spontaneous” “back and forth” video conference and was then busted on video coaching and rehearsing them ahead of time, she could call that staged news.
Malkin not convinced that Bush’s video conference with troops was “staged”
In her October 19 syndicated column, Michelle Malkin took to task “[t]he Associated Press, NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell and others in the Bush-bashing press corps” for “accus[ing] the White House and 10 soldiers from the Army’s 42nd Infantry Division of ’staging’ ” an October 13 video conference in which President Bush spoke with soldiers stationed in Iraq. Malkin also criticized NBC News for “indulging in its Bush-deranged feeding frenzy over the ’staged’ talk with the troops.” But the very same NBC Nightly News report specifically referenced by Malkin included extended video of preparations for the event making it abundantly clear that it was, in fact, “staged.”
Now she’s trying to whip her readers into a frenzy over a legitimate investigative journalism piece which might expose some anti-gay bigots as anti-gay bigots. She’s even likening the piece to Rathergate, for Pete’s sake.
What is she so afraid of?