The mainstream media has become nothing but a shill for liberal progressive dogma and propaganda. Objectivity is no longer a requirement for journalists; a strong leftist pedigree and a degree acclaiming the completion of brainwashed studies from a liberal university is money in the bank for the current crop of ‘investigative journalists’. There seems to be no shortage of those willing to suspend disbelief in order to push the liberal-progressive agenda. Yet how mainstream is it to advance ideas that run counter to the cultural and historical values of the nation as a whole? How does it move the country forward to pit people against each other based on social standing or economic stature? Since when is it the job of a journalist to demagogue one side or the other? More importantly, how did Democrat party affiliation become the badge of honor in journalistic circles, where objectivity is a word used to describe wholehearted acceptance of leftist policies and a complete rejection of any and all opposing views?
Can we at the very least agree that it is a specious claim to say that today’s journalist is fair and balanced?
Talking points aside, the media of the last two decades is not even a shadow of it’s former self. Add to that the fact that what makes headlines are those scripted talking points and not thoughtful consideration by a reporter, and we have a group more comfortable dissembling for the Democrats then seeking truthful answers from them. The fall from grace began decades ago but accelerated in the early 80′s, with the entire media hitting the ground with an earth-shattering thud during the 2008 presidential campaign. It was during this campaign that the media let their hair down and boldly filed for divorce from objectivity and abandoned fairness to the streets, a homeless waif left to live on its own or die an ignominious death, unnoticed by any but the firm of mind.
I have a question though: does the fact that the media is so antithetical to honest reporting mean that there can be no reconciliation with objectivity? If the Newsweek magazine cover story on August 23, 2012 is any indication, it may just be possible. It ought to be pointed out to the, eh…mainstream media, that if circulation and sales are even a small driving force, then it follows that more people reading their stories means an increase in both. The only way to accomplish that is to re-marry objectivity and be fair in its reporting of every issue and every viewpoint. Keep the vitriol and qualifying out of a story, and just give us what both sides have to say. Let us make up our minds what we believe, and leave the cheerleading to proponents of each side. It may not taste very good, but at least the public will be given the chance to decide for themselves. It is not the job of the media to “educate” us in the way of the liberal progressive; it is only their purpose to provide the information we need to discern for ourselves which way is up.
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