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Mike Stark Calls Out ABC's Tapper

Mike Stark calls himself a political gadfly, but he's quickly becoming one of my favorite people to watch in the blogosphere. Look how he took a s

Mike Stark calls himself a political gadfly, but he's quickly becoming one of my favorite people to watch in the blogosphere. Look how he took a small, almost complete ignored diary at DKos and ran with it. Ain't it funny how the established media gets testy when you point out that they're not doing their job very well?

In a nutshell, Jake Tapper writes a blog named Political Punch for ABC. Last week, he was breathlessly reporting the "Air Pelosi" story and complemented it with a blog post.

Tapper to me:

There was nothing misleading about my blog entry

But I will inquire about the posting situation.

Me to Tapper:

It's often astounding to me that some folks in the media elite seem to be uninterested in criticism of their work. I understand that you folks are in a profession that draws an outrageous amount of criticism and if you paid attention to all of it, you'd do nothing else.

That said, 10 minutes a day checking MediaMatters.com and, say, Bozell's Media watchdog group would do each and every one of you a world of good without introducing a bunch of distracting chaff.

This is why your post was misleading:

You wrote:

So....THE BROUHAHA about the request by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to use a larger military plane than the one afforded her predecessor, perhaps even a large luxurious C-32,

But the Press release reads:

For Immediate Release

February 8, 2007

As the Sergeant at Arms, I have the responsibility to ensure the security of the members of the House of Representatives, to include the Speaker of the House. The Speaker requires additional precautions due to her responsibilities as the leader of the House and her Constitutional position as second in the line of succession to the presidency.

In a post 9/11 threat environment, it is reasonable and prudent to provide military aircraft to the Speaker for official travel between Washington and her district. The practice began with Speaker Hastert and I have recommended that it continue with Speaker Pelosi. The fact that Speaker Pelosi lives in California compelled me to request an aircraft that is capable of making non-stop flights for security purposes, unless such an aircraft is unavailable.

Read the full diary here

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