Mainstream Media Reporters Talk Frankly to Each Other
Hi Charlie,Journalists like to primp and preen and congratulate themselves about their “professionalism” in doing objective journalism.
As you might have heard, I am covering the McCain/Palin appearance today. At the media breakfast at the Pfister Hotel about an hour ago, you would simply not believe the vicious, nasty conversation I just overheard between several “elite” media types from the McClatchey news service, AP, and a couple of other sources I didn’t quite catch.
Over the course of just a few minutes, I heard that “Sean Hannity gives Dick Cheney the best head of his life,” and that he and Lou Dobbs are “mean-spirited sycophants,” and that McCain himself is “angry” and “crusty.” One even recalled a recent campaign event at which Sarah Palin autographed a supporter’s Bible, prompting this “objective” journalist to remark “these people terrify me.”
And this was just in the span of a 10 minute conversation! I simply cannot believe that these are the people entrusted to cover the McCain/Palin campaign fairly and accurately. I have never before wanted to do a show like yours quite as badly as I do right now--so that I can expose these people for who they really are: unabashed, unashamed partisans whose callous, bitter attitude towards conservatives very clearly permeates their work.
But the simple fact is that professionalism can only get you so far. Beyond a certain point (long ago reached in American journalism) it can’t restrain the nasty cultural bias of the Mainstream Media, or the liberal subculture generally.