Recently, a trend has been emerging that the mainstream media are biased in their reporting. The recent implication of journalists in the JournoList conspiracy sheds even more unfavorable light on these political and nonpartisan reporting practices.
According to the Wall Street Journal, since 2007, nearly 300 liberal journalists and media types secretly worked to downplay any negative news about Barack Obama, further their political causes, threaten the right and help get Obama elected. For example, when the damaging story of the President’s Reverend Wright’s ranting, ravings and most unfavorable sermons surfaced, there was a large, deliberate and organized effort to bury and kill the story. The journalists agreed to attack any critics by calling them racists. The group compared notes, discussed stories and bounced ideas of one another in off-the-record, online meetings. This gathering space was called the Journolist. Members include staff from Newsweek, POLITICO, The New Yorker, Huffington Post, The New Republic, The Nation, liberal bloggers, academics and many more.
One member, named Toobin, is quoted as saying “No one’s pushing an agenda.” That is debatable, depending on what side of the political fence you are on.
It seems that journalists can no longer be relied upon to just report the news as is, but, instead, it is run through their own political machine and comes out as their personal opinion they wish the public to believe without ever questioning the source.
Conservatives and the right have often accused the main news networks as leaning to the left. Now, it seems they have some tangible proof. Earlier, a scandal brewed when the Anchor for CBS news, Dan Rather, was forced to retire early after running a story about George W. Bush’s stint in the Air National Guard. Rather insinuated that he received special treatment and rarely served. Unfortunately, in his eagerness to run the story, he didn’t thoroughly check his sources, and was heavily criticized as complaints flooded into CBS. Rather even attempted to sue the company, claiming that he was made a scapegoat. The New York State Supreme Court appellate division ruled against him, and his $70 million suit against CBS was dismissed.
Honesty and integrity in journalism is vital to the American public, now perhaps more than ever. With so many news sources and outlets where information can be obtained, it is getting more and more difficult to wade through what is fact and what is fiction.