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Whither real journalism?

Dave outside the Chicago Tribune building, Summer 2008

Dave outside the Chicago Tribune building, Summer 2008

Never before have we seen the media so transparently in the tank for a particular party and candidate, at least in our lifetimes.  The lack of objectivity in both the reporting and the omission of facts and investigations has been appalling in virtually all aspects of media.

But don’t take our word for it.  Orson Scott Card, a Democratic journalist, outlines the disgusting details better than anyone in this column, which is an open letter to journalists of all types.

Some money quotes:

Your job, as journalists, is to tell the truth.  That’s what you claim you do, when you accept people’s money to buy or subscribe to your paper.

But right now, you are consenting to or actively promoting a big fat lie — that the housing crisis should somehow be blamed on Bush, McCain, and the Republicans.  You have trained the American people to blame everything bad — even bad weather — on Bush, and they are responding as you have taught them to.

If you had any personal honor, each reporter and editor would be insisting on telling the truth — even if it hurts the election chances of your favorite candidate.

Because that’s what honorable people do.  Honest people tell the truth even when they don’t like the probable consequences.

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