‘no journalist sets off my bullshit alarm like ron suskind’

Jacob Weisberg (Slate): His book about Obama is as spurious as the ones he wrote about Bush……

As an editor, you develop a B.S. meter …. There’s no journalist who sets off my bullshit alarm like Ron Suskind …. Issues of accuracy, fairness, and integrity come up nearly every time Suskind publishes something. Key sources claim they’ve been misrepresented and misquoted, that basic facts are wrong, and that the Pulitzer-winning reporter has misconstrued the larger story as well…..

If you wrote about the Bush Administration, as I did, you soon learned to avoid relying on Suskind’s reporting absent strong independent corroboration. What his three books had in common was the way they grabbed onto some interesting nugget and hyped it into something that, while bait for the news cycle and the bestseller lists, was fundamentally untrue…..

….Suskind has now turned his egregious writing and dubious technique on the Obama administration in his new book, Confidence Men. Once again, his work is strewn with small but telling errors. Here are a few: see link

… his bigger points are equally inaccurate …. He uses two key quotes to support his claim of sexism ….. In Dunn’s case, Suskind spliced her actual words in a way that distorts their meaning, leaving out the crucial phrase “if it weren’t for the president”….

…. The most interesting claim in Suskind’s book is that Geithner blocked the breakup of Citigroup against the wishes of President Obama, exemplifying the supposed problem that “the young president’s authority was being systematically undermined or hedged by his seasoned advisers.” The problem with this tale is that it, too, is plainly wrong.

…. In the book, Suskind claims that the president confirmed his version of the Citi episode in an interview. He has been repeating this claim on his publicity tour. But a transcript of that part of their conversation that the White House Press Office released to me shows nothing of the kind….

Suskind loves disputes like this, as do his publishers, because they sell more books. If the victims of his terrible reporting respond publicly, he wins. But at this point, Suskind should no longer be treated as a “controversial” journalist as much as a disreputable one. His fellow journalists no longer trust him. Readers shouldn’t either.

Full article here

Thank you ‘africa’

20 Responses to “‘no journalist sets off my bullshit alarm like ron suskind’”

  1. 1 COS
    September 23, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD friends. Wow, Suskind is being exposed more and more. for his lies. There is a lot of pushback in favor of the Obama administration. I am happy about that.

  2. September 23, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I knew it was bunk when I heard the charges of sexism. Not to say women lie about these things but because Pres. Obama’s record (policy, wife, personal history, cabinet and judicial appointments) does not give the impression that he is sexist. All the bits and pieces I was hearing sounded like it was lifted from all of the PL’s blogs – Pres. Obama’s weak, he let his team run the show and threw Romer under the bus because she wanted a bigger stimulus, etc. etc. If you believed all those things already, like Jon Stewart, then you’ll believe Ron Suskind.

  3. 4 a4alice
    September 23, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I’m with you guys. The push back is gaining steam. He’s a pot stirrer because that way he gets attention and makes money.

  4. 7 hopefruit2
    September 23, 2011 at 9:09 am

    It’s so interesting – as we all predicted that this would mark the beginning of the end of Suskind’s book peddling wave? You don’t mess with Barack Obama by pushing false scandals. Your reputation will end up being tarnished, not President Obama’s.

  5. 8 Hachikō
    September 23, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Good morning, Chip. I haven’t been around in a while, so I didn’t notice the changes you made to the site. I love them. Great job! 🙂

  6. 10 conlakappa
    September 23, 2011 at 9:40 am

    After caroming more obviously between claims that the President doesn’t care about black people or brown people, the MSM is being a little subtler on claims of him not caring about women. Taling more about the sexist air of the White House. So stupid.

  7. September 23, 2011 at 9:49 am

    I love this end of the week clean up. Just put all the lies out there and dissolve them away with the truth.

  8. 12 utaustinliberal
    September 23, 2011 at 10:05 am

    You try to mess with President Obama and peddle egregious lies about him and lo and behold it bites you in the ass. Oh well tough titties for you Suskind.

  9. 14 yardarm756
    September 23, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Good morning to all you good folks in TODVILLE with a special shout out to you Chips. Got my meds this a.m. so i’m hot to trot; with no place to race! Then i read this blurb on Susskind. There go my meds, barf……This person is worst than a load of regurgitated squid (ambergris-sp). The best part of him is still on a bed sheet somewhere.

  10. September 23, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Richard Wolfe and Jonathan Alter both have books out on the first year and have a consistent portrayal of President Obama as an in I’ve, thoughtful, inclusive leader, also able to make the tough decisions. Elmer was actually responsible for underestimating the depth of the recession. Orzag is just trying to increase his value as an Obama-basher. It’s all about $. (Revival and The Promise). Susskind is a slime ball.

    • 16 chiara
      September 23, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      I’ve seen Alter interviewed a couple times now in response to the Suskind book and he’s been pretty good in pointing out the problems with it and what he found to be true at the WH, which is of course different than what Suskind manufactured.

  11. 17 Debz
    September 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Suskind is a liar. I remember when he was on all the cable shows selling his book about the Bush administration. As much as I believe that administration was evil, even i could tell he was making up stuff, and some of the MSM, as well as other authors called him out on it. Now he does a hit piece on President Obama and we are seeing even more pushback. Good, he is pond scum (with all due respect to pond scum).

  12. 18 TrumpDog
    September 23, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I saw Suskind being interviewed on The Daily Show. He looked so full of shit. Just by his body language, Suskind seemed shifty – like even he did not believe what he’d written. And of course there was no real push back from Jon, who has greatly disappointed me this past year.

  13. 20 Anthony L. Miller
    September 23, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Someone should tell CNBC this who gave this guy a segment on their show to trash President Obama and his administration.

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