Sunday, July 22, 2007

Media malfeasance

By Libby

I'm becoming more convinced daily that the greatest threat to our republic is not terrorism but rather what passes for journalism. It's not just that media has become a profit-driven big business that delivers gossip instead of news, it's that the national reporters have become bigger stars than the subjects they cover. This elite cabal no longer reports news, they create it and they have become so drunk on their own power that they're just as arrogant as the thieves and liars inside the beltway they cover up for.

Media Matters posts the perfect illustration of this journalistic thuggery. "Marc Ambinder was one of the founders of ABC's The Note and is a contributing editor to the National Journal's Hotline newsletter." He boasts of their political brinksmanship, even as he excuses it.
There is a difference in the political reality: fairly or unfairly, a healthy chunk of the national political press corps doesn't like John Edwards.

Fairly or unfairly, there's also a difference in narrative timing: when the first quarter ended, the press was trying to bury Edwards. It's not so much interested in burying Romney right now -- many reporters think he's the Republican frontrunner.

Fairly or unfairly? There's nothing fair about it. It's not only irresponsible, it's negligent. As Media Matters points out, "President Bush hand-picks the cloth for his custom-made suits, each of which costs thousands of dollars." Have they once mentioned that while he's pushing for tax cuts for the wealthy? Of course not, because the tax cuts benefit them too.

Our journalists have joined the investor class. How on earth can we expect them to cover these issues fairly? They won't and they don't. The same elites who protested they couldn't cover the Downing Street minutes and ignored the Plame case for months because it was "old news," will mercilessly flog a candidate over a month's old haircut simply because they don't like him.

This is why Leftopia exists. They did it to Al Gore in 2000 and we couldn't stop them because we couldn't raise a collective voice. Make no mistake, they will do the same to whoever wins the Democratic nomination but this time, we can't let them get away with it.

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Anonymous romunov said...

I'm becoming more convinced daily that the greatest threat to our republic is not terrorism but rather what passes for journalism.

I get the feeling that most empires collapse from within. External forces just help to tip it over the edge.

1:23:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Quite right Romunov.

2:37:00 PM  

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