Debate Forum Right 07/28/2010

Journolist Proves Media Corruption

By Ashley Stinnett

When news first broke that The Daily Caller had obtained documents and other such

evidence asserting that a left-wing journalist Web site had plotted to cover up controversial stories revolving around then-candidate Barack Obama’s pastor as well as conspiring to destroy the lives of anyone who opposes their agenda, most Americans probably shrugged it off realizing this is simply old news.

After all, conservatives and traditional Americans alike have come to accept (like it or not) the reality that they are indisputably hated by the mainstream media.

But something else happened. Profess-ionals all across the so-
called journalism industry took a step back and realized just how badly the industry is faltering.

And this new evidence that has been brought to the public’s attention is the most damaging.

This newfound realization came to a pinnacle this week after the truth was let out that mainstream media journalists have in fact abandoned any code of ethics.

Mainstream media outlets, including but not limited to newspapers, are struggling badly and have been for a long time. Many experts blame the overall economy, but this particular brand of “state-run” media is the biggest reason for the industry’s hard times. The solution to the problem is not a revised business model, but a revised ethical and ideological structure of fair conduct; something progressives loathe.

In other words, until journalists start reporting the news in an objective manner, the industry can forget about vast financial growth in the near future.

Not only is this kind of journalism bad for business, but more importantly dangerous for democracy, not because these so-called journalists harbor far-left views, but because they knowingly and unashamedly bury stories that will hurt public figures who share the same beliefs.

Ultimately, this is the kind of behavior that has resulted in scores of Americans canceling their newspaper subscriptions and turning the channel from their once-favorite nightly news broadcast.

Americans want fair and objective coverage. They do not want radical progressive activists who pose as objective reporters in order to embark on a journey of leftist social engineering.

Modern journalism in our country today takes a backseat to what was once referred to as a business of integrity. In fact, it ranks up there around that annoying piece of toilet paper stuck to your shoe as you leave the public restroom.

But for now we have to deal with the very real fact that American media may be completely corrupt to an unprecedented level.

Burying controversial stories in order to advance a political agenda doesn’t change the facts. The bad guys will always be the bad guys no matter how many times you sweep them under the rug.

In order to get a better picture of the exact level of hatred and disgust to which American journalists have descended, I find myself reflecting back on a very powerful statement a former colleague of mine once made.

“Liberalism is not taught in journalism school, it is expected.”

Ashley Stinnett is a columnist for North Star National. Reprinted with permission from North Star National.

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