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Gibson defends snobby comment, lashes out at ThinkProgress

Reported by Chrish - February 28, 2007 -

Good job!

John Gibson used his My Word segment yesterday 2/27/07 to try to spin and explain his comments about war coverage vs. Anna Nicole Smith coverage.

What he said on his radio program 2/23/07, that ThinkProgress posted audio of:

"Now I submit to you that that is a real, honest-to-god drama. Now it may not fit the high-minded views of a lot of news professionals, people who think that, you know, their, their news program is just another part of Foreign Affairs Quarterly. That only certain kind of news is worthy of their discussing. Those people are snobs. They’re people who, who, when they see a story, go, “Ew, icky. I don’t want to do that.” I did this for years. You know, I’ve been doing this for a long time. I’ve approached many stories and said, “That story isn’t worth our trouble.” It has always been a mistake. Always. Every single time I did it. And so when I see people like this guy — (Anderson Cooper)

"There’s a war on, there’s a war on, there’s a war on."

(Gibson, sarcastically) "Oh, there’s a war on, there’s a war on. Maybe, just maybe, people are a little weary, Mr. Cooper, of your war coverage, and they’d like a little something else. Maybe that’s why they all thundered to this story.

"There’s a war on, there’s a war on, there’s a war on."

"My complaint about this is what you’re listening to when you hear that guy lecture the audience, is you’re listening to news-guy snobbery. Essentially saying, “I’m better than you. I know what you want to hear about, but I’m better than that story. I’m too high class for that story. I won’t stoop to what you want to hear about.”

I’m not playing that game. People want to hear about the Anna Nicole story, I’m happy to tell them."

Now he's claiming that

"This is an example of the purposeful and malicious misinterpretation department at the great left-wing slime machine called thinkprogress.org. What they do is take something I have said and make it into something they wanted me to say for the purpose of sliming me.

I'm not whining just for myself. They do it to anyone who isn't a card-carrying member of the far left, the out-where-the-buses-don't-run left of the Democratic Party.

I was criticizing an anchor on another network for his snobby attitude toward anyone out there in the audience watching television who wanted to see Anna Nicole coverage. He said: I just want to scream at them, there's a war on, there's a war on, there's a war on. ...

My point was something else: that in my many years of doing the news on television and radio I have often found myself saying, "Oh, I don't want to do this story" because I thought there was something else that was more important that day, like the anchor guy I was criticizing. And I have found that was always a mistake. It is news snobbism by definition.

The war is a fine thing to cover. Not my intention to say it's not. The point I was making is that sometimes people might want a break from the war to watch the drama in a story like Anna Nicole and who am I — or who is any newsperson — to say no I don't do it because it's beneath me?"

When we want a break from the war and the news we'll go see what's on TVLand or the Cartoon Network or Entertainment Galore. It is not the job of "journalists" on a "news" network to entertain, it is to INFORM.

It's all about the ratings - we get it.