Jonathan Martin/Politico: please try real reporting for a change ("Holtz-Eakin: McCain helped create BlackBerry")

Jonathan Martin of the Politico is a sickening hack who's a complete failure as a reporter. His latest "scoop" is falsely titled "Holtz-Eakin: McCain helped create BlackBerry" (link). In fact, that McCain advisor was refering to McCain's role in helping develop the telecommunications infrastructure; he wasn't claiming that McCain helped invent the Blackberry specifically.

If Martin weren't a complete hack he would have pointed that out, knowing full well how much stories transmogrify as they're re-told. See, of course, Al Gore supposedly claiming to invent the Internet, something you're likely to still hear today. Even Matt Yglesias caught on, and that's saying something:

What I suggest is we keep a tally of all the things that Johnathan Martin of the Politico refuses to cover, and we point out his journalistic failings before and after the election. Please leave some of the things Martin refuses to discuss in the comments.


I've been dissapointed in The Politico..there's another fella I do NOT like Ken what's his name...These young guys are clueless about just about everything.

Holtz-Eakin, he was the former CBO hack that testified before the Senate in the last amnety attempt that "immigration is a wash & costs us nothing". Hyphenated people shouldn't lie to congress.

I'm glad to read that others are not only noticing politico's problems, but writing about them. The site is notorious for removing conservative opinion and users and leaves a horrific display of liberal nastiness published -- despite clear violations of the very terms they use to rationalize banning conservatives (yet they never specify just how conservatives have violeted their site terms). Martin is very liberal, the site's cofounder is also. The site is not nearly as reliable a source as some in the media are trying to make it out to be.

and they commonplace headline any news about mccain-palin (either-or) with negative headlines. Either of those two could cure cancer and politico would declare along these lines: "cowardly attack on cancer devised by rude mccain team."