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The media’s dangerous game

Posted by Richard on October 28, 2008

Top technology writer Michael S. Malone is upset by what's happened to his profession:

The traditional media are playing a very, very dangerous game — with their readers, with the Constitution and with their own fates.

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.

You need to understand how painful this is for me. I am one of those people who truly bleeds ink when I'm cut. I am a fourth-generation newspaperman. …

… I've spent 30 years in every part of journalism, from beat reporter to magazine editor. And my oldest son, following in the family business, so to speak, earned his first national byline before he earned his drivers license.

So, when I say I'm deeply ashamed right now to be called a "journalist," you can imagine just how deep that cuts into my soul.

Republicans are justifiably foaming at the mouth over the sheer one-sidedness of the press coverage of the two candidates and their running mates. But in the last few days, even Democrats, who have been gloating over the pass — no, make that shameless support — they've gotten from the press, are starting to get uncomfortable as they realize that no one wins in the long run when we don't have a free and fair press.

Read the whole thing. There's much more, and Malone has an interesting theory on who's to blame and what motivates them. 



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One Response to “The media’s dangerous game”

  1. bluelyon said

    Interesting read, though I think the author is off the mark on his conclusion. What I’m seeing in this election is just a replay of the 2000 and 2004 election, only reversed. Back then it was GWB who got the pass while his opponent was dissected to the Nth degree.

    What I see are a bunch of opportunistic hacks, who decided long ago that this was going to be the “Democratic” year and they had to quickly change sides. First and foremost of importance to these people is membership in the Kewl Kidz Klub.

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