HT Stefan Mychajliw, a fellow Arts Academy grad. . .
Regardless of where you are politically, I hope you can admit to yourself that the media has been absolutely awful in its coverage of Election 2008. When I do watch, read or listen, I am equally perplexed and as Stefan put it “appalled” by the coverage.
What Stefan did via FACEBOOK is post a link to a ABC News column by Michael Malone which gets into media bias…
From the piece…
Now, of course, there’s always been bias in the media. Human beings are biased, so the work they do, including reporting, is inevitably colored. Hell, I can show you 10 different ways to color variations of the word “said” — muttered, shouted, announced, reluctantly replied, responded, etc. — to influence the way a reader will apprehend exactly the same quote. We all learn that in Reporting 101, or at least in the first few weeks working in a newsroom.
But what we are also supposed to learn during that same apprenticeship is to recognize the dangerous power of that technique, and many others, and develop built-in alarms against them.
But even more important, we are also supposed to be taught that even though there is no such thing as pure, Platonic objectivity in reporting, we are to spend our careers struggling to approach that ideal as closely as possible.
That sums up an important ideal in journalism…
He goes on…
That means constantly challenging our own prejudices, systematically presenting opposing views and never, ever burying stories that contradict our own world views or challenge people or institutions we admire. If we can’t achieve Olympian detachment, than at least we can recognize human frailty — especially in ourselves.
What we have seen here in 2008 is anything but that.
Is there any form of media left that is safe from the crossed line of true journalism over to the journalistic cheerleading we see?
Is there no form of media which is truly “Fair and Balanced” anymore where one can get fair analysis of what the reality of an election is?
I think a line in journalism that has been blurred is that between what is journalism and what is entertainment…the responsibility to inform us has been replaced with what sells best. WIth that comes the loss of integrity.