Last night I linked to an article in The Politico by John Harris and Jim Vandehei in which they cheerfully admitted that they and the vast majority of the media were in the tank for Barack Obama. Their “defense” of that tankage?
Well, Jules Crittenden, a newspaperman, points to an opinion piece by another newspaperman, Michael Malone. Both see the deadly danger the press is in with its fawning coverage of Obama and active bias against McCain. Danger to both the profession they both have loved and to the nation itself as the media becomes a house organ of a political party. Malone:
The sheer bias in the print and television coverage of this election campaign is not just bewildering, but appalling. And over the last few months I’ve found myself slowly moving from shaking my head at the obvious one-sided reporting, to actually shouting at the screen of my television and my laptop computer.
But worst of all, for the last couple weeks, I’ve begun — for the first time in my adult life — to be embarrassed to admit what I do for a living. A few days ago, when asked by a new acquaintance what I did for a living, I replied that I was “a writer,” because I couldn’t bring myself to admit to a stranger that I’m a journalist.
As for the bias, the fact that people have it isn’t what bothers me so much. Obviously I have my own. We all do. It’s the fact that they pretend they don’t, when they are nakedly exhibiting it. It isn’t entirely their fault. It is the American news convention, the charade we are all a part of. I don’t mind so much that major newspapers and networks are run and staffed by a bunch of Bush-hating, McCain-disparaging, Palin-bashing, Biden-ignoring Obama-lickspittles. That’s between them and their readers or viewers. I periodically hit them for being full of it, biased, even bordering on treacherous, but this is America and they have the right to be that way. It bothers me more when the Associated Press does it, because it is in violation of everything they are supposed to be, their obligation to their clients and their readers, and because this whole bogus American “objectivity” thing was their idea in the first place.
So what? So how bad is this all going to get if the media is nothing more than a pale imitation of Pravda? Very bad indeed. At a time when we most need a press with integrity, honesty and a willingness to dig out and publish hard truths we have a bunch of party hacks, PR men and propagandists.
God help us.