To invite Edward Klein to Address Your Group:
You Call This Investigative Journalism?
BY EDWARD KLEIN/ May 17, 2016
Here are some Q & A’s to ponder about the current state of American journalism:
Q: When was the last time a major American newspaper announced in advance that it was going to unleash an army of reporters on a candidate running for president?
A: Never—until Bob Woodward revealed last week that the Washington Post has assigned 20 staffers to dig into “every phase” of Donald Trump’s life.
Q: Who authorized the commitment of so many reporters?
A: Jeff Bezos, the billionaire CEO of Amazon.com, who is a contributor to Democratic candidates and, with his wife MacKenzie, a major supporter of gay marriage.
Q: Will the Washington Post assign an equal number of reporters to Hillary Clinton?
A: “It’s not necessarily the number of people,” Woodward hedged, “it’s who’s working on it.”
Q: How many words did reporters Michael Barbaro and Megan Twohey of The New York Times devote to their story: “Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private.”
A: 5,580 words.
Q: Who was the first “abused” woman The Times mentioned?
A: Rowanne Brewer Lane.
Q: What did Rowanne Brew Lane have to say about The Times piece?
A: ”I did not have a negative experience with Donald Trump,” she told Politico, “and I don’t appreciate [The Times] making it look like that I was saying that it was a negative experience because it was not.”