Roster of online Jay Severin critics is growing

Looks like this idea of publicly calling out Jay Severin’s errors and omissions may be catching on. Yesterday Scott Lehigh called for reports of Severin’s incivility. Then Dan Kennedy responded with an example of what in my mind is a much greater sin: misleading his audience.

A caller ripped the media for hounding poor Sarah Palin while letting Sonia Sotomayor get away with not giving interviews. At least Palin answered questions, the caller said. How can the media let Sotomayor get away with not giving interviews? (I’m paraphrasing from memory, but that was the gist.)

"Great point," Severin responded, without bothering to point out that Supreme Court nominees, by longstanding custom, are not allowed to grant interviews. As Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said yesterday, he wants to begin hearings sooner rather than later so that Sotomayor can finally be heard.

Severin had to know better. By not only not correcting the caller’s error, but by amplifying it and giving him an "attaboy," I’d say that qualifies as an error. So put it on your list, Scot.

At one point I’d hoped that SeverinWatch would be the definitive source for Severin criticism, but I’m happy to see others jumping on the bandwagon. It’s vital to get Severin’s on-air statements transcribed and posted contemporaneously; otherwise, it’s far too easy for him to deflect criticism with a simple “that’s not what I said.”

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6 Comments

  1. duli
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Did anyone catch Severin’s response to Obama’s speech ? I missed it
    and wonder what he said. I fully expect the usual screed, but am willing
    to be surprised after his recent humiliations.

    Duli

  2. Peter Scully
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Oh PUHLEEEEZE…

    You can’t possibly tell me that the view of Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, and Rachel Maddow aren’t as one-sided and biased as Jay Severin.

  3. DavidFromBrighton
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Duli, I only heard a couple of callers who said, in response to whatever Jay said, that they welcomed a calmer, cooler tone in contrast to the childish, bullying tone of the previous administration. And in response, Jay said that in private conversation he carries himself a lot more like Barack Obama than George W. Bush. (Not with respect to political views, of course, but in terms of manner.) If that’s the case, I wonder why he feels he can’t behave like that on the air. Does he think that civility and respect can’t sell advertising time?

  4. DavidFromBrighton
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Peter, that is not the argument we’re making. This is SeverinWatch, not MSNBCWatch. And more importantly, I don’t care that Jay Severin is biased. I only care that he’s wrong.

  5. duli
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    David:

    Your last comment:

    “I don’t care that Jay Severin is biased. I only care that he’s wrong.”

    was the best thing I read today (I could not have put it better).
    May I suggest a slightly stronger:

    “I only care that he is a liar”.

    🙂

    When someone inevitably asks “point out where he has lied” and comment that
    “if he lies, he does it to inspire discourse”, please point them to other parts
    of this website.

    Duli

  6. Whyzelle
    Posted June 10, 2009 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    I found it interesting that despite being a critic of the Boston Globe, Severin mentioned in his broadcast yesterday that he hopes they will continue to publish.

    Maybe to inspire some discourse? Some original thought?

    Keep your friends close…

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