Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights? ?
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- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
There was a time when journalists felt a higher duty to report the truth. Many fine journalists today are thwarted in doing so because their bosses report to corporate executives instead of principled editors.
The internet should have democratized truth-telling, but instead it has given a voice to every extremist out there. There is no way on the net to separate fact from fantasy. Millions of people still believe such lies as that Obama is a Muslim, or that McCain isn't a natural born citizen.
Journalists are no longer accountable to their readers; instead they're accountable to the corporations that own the media.
Ours is a poorer nation as a result.
"A free press stands as one of the great interpreters between the government and the people. To allow it to be fettered is to be fettered ourselves."
Justice George Sutherland - Grosjean v. American Press Co. (1935)
The true patriot is an informed voter.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
From this mess of editorial:
"Furthermore, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were making political contributions to the very members of Congress who were allowing them to make irresponsible loans. (Though why quasi-federal agencies were allowed to do so baffles me. It's as if the Pentagon were allowed to contribute to the political campaigns of Congressmen who support increasing their budget.)"
The Bush administration was more than happy to take credit for the largest percentage of home owners in US history. The Republicans are not exactly squeky clean on this one:
This is rich:
" Even though President Bush and his administration never said that Iraq sponsored or was linked to 9/11, you could not stand the fact that Americans had that misapprehension — so you pounded us with the fact that there was no such link. (Along the way, you created the false impression that Bush had lied to them and said that there was a connection.) "
I beg to differ:
Orson Scott Card is a hypocrite. He uses the exact same tactics he is accusing the media of using in this little diatribe.