Sunday, February 12, 2012

Why Americans Hate the Media; Perhaps the public has good reason to think that the media's self-aggrandizement gets in the way of solving the country's real problems

ATLANTIC MONTHLY   from 1996:  "Ogletree pushed Wallace. Didn't Jennings have some higher duty to do something other than just roll film as soldiers from his own country were being shot?
"No," Wallace said flatly and immediately. "You don't have a higher duty. No. No. You're a reporter!" "....
...."A few minutes later Ogletree turned to George M. Connell, a Marine colonel in full uniform. Jaw muscles flexing in anger, with stress on each word, Connell said, "I feel utter contempt."
"Two days after this hypothetical episode, Connell said, Jennings or Wallace might be back with the American forces—and could be wounded by stray fire, as combat journalists often had been before. When that happens, he said, they are "just journalists." Yet they would expect American soldiers to run out under enemy fire and drag them back, rather than leaving them to bleed to death on the battlefield.
" "I'll do it!" Connell said. "And that is what makes me so contemptuous of them. Marines will die going to get . . . a couple of journalists." The last words dripped disgust."

These so-called newsmen would stay detached reporters, reporting the deaths of their own countrymen for the sake of "journalistic integrity". Yet daily they cast off any convictions of journalistic integrity to promote liberal causes; they have little regard for journalism when faced with the choice of portraying the conservative message truthfully or treating conservatives as suspects to be grilled and demeaned. Interviewees giving conservative opinions are argued with by the reporter.
Brian Williams asking Gov. Rick Perry how he can sleep at night while Texas executes condemned murderers comes to mind as being typical of slanted journalism.
David Gregory, Norah O'Donnell and others asking President Bush to apologize for acts of his presidency were especially disgusting to me.  TD

How's this for propaganda that passes for "journalism: CNN's White House correspondent Dan Lothian asked President Obama in Hawaii, "Are GOP Candidates "Uninformed, Out Of Touch, Or Irresponsible?"?

Rush Limbaugh discussed the press this way:   "They're idiotic, and it makes people who believe them blindly look like ill-educated, uneducated, or what have you, uncurious -- and yet these are the smartest and brightest among us by reputation supposedly, journalists. They're blockheads. They're really blockheads. They don't know anything."

An aspiring liberal journalist tries to explain why she thinks the Tea Party is dangerous

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