The Rove story illustrates once again that the mainstream media are in the business not of reporting theÂ news but ofÂ manufacturing it. Their reporting largelyÂ consists of reporting onÂ news they’ve made — events that happenÂ only because of theirÂ baiting and manipulation — with no mention of their involvement inÂ the event’s creation. Reporters are likeÂ people who cause car crashes, then wander up to the scene and ask innocently, “What happened?”Â
NoticeÂ a minor example of this in theÂ New York Times‘ Rove story.Â TheÂ TimesÂ omnisciently reports, without mentioningÂ its participation in the juvenileÂ stalking, that Rove “nosed” his “Jaguar out of the garage” in the predawn gloom and “flashed his blinding high beams into the camera lenses and sped by.” The Times can’t bring itself to admit that it now operates at the level of the paparazzi. So it strains to bring dignity to its stalking by pretending like it is documenting for some high-minded reason how an important government offiicialÂ spends his day during a crisis.