Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Loss of Integrity

Have you seen it? Have you read it with your own two eyes?

The news industry has lost all of their integrity and the trust of their audience {or at least the should have}.

This has been progressing over the past few years...the reporting of personal opinions of journalists in every medium.

Even in our local news we are faced with anchors telling us what they recommend we watch tonight or slightly skew the story to fit their personal beliefs. And it has gotten worse.

The presidential debate has brought out the worst in the media. It does not matter which candidate you support you know you have seen it. The media have drug Sen. and Mrs. McCain, the entire Palin Family, Joe the Plummer, and now this report in Florida through the mud. Alternatively, we still do not know the history of Obama or what any of his friends have to say about him or how voter fraud is now so rampant.

Michael Malone {a respected journalist} wrote a piece on this problem and here are a few quotes from the article that you can read here. {It is good and I recommend that you read the whole thing!}

"If the current polls are correct, we are about to elect as president of the United States a man who is essentially a cipher, who has left almost no paper trail, seems to have few friends (that at least will talk) and has entire years missing out of his biography.

That isn't Sen. Obama's fault: His job is to put his best face forward. No, it is the traditional media's fault, for it alone (unlike the alternative media) has had the resources to cover this story properly, and has systematically refused to do so.

Why, for example to quote the lawyer for Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., haven't we seen an interview with Sen. Obama's grad school drug dealer -- when we know all about Mrs. McCain's addiction? Are Bill Ayers and Tony Rezko that hard to interview? All those phony voter registrations that hard to scrutinize? And why are Sen. Biden's endless gaffes almost always covered up, or rationalized, by the traditional media?"

I thought journalists were held to a code of integrity, to follow every story no matter where it leads, and to show there source to prove their legitimacy.

But what really shattered my faith -- and I know the day and place where it happened -- was the war in Lebanon three summers ago. The hotel I was staying at in Windhoek, Namibia, only carried CNN, a network I'd already learned to approach with skepticism. But this was CNN International, which is even worse.

I sat there, first with my jaw hanging down, then actually shouting at the TV, as one field reporter after another reported the carnage of the Israeli attacks on Beirut, with almost no corresponding coverage of the Hezbollah missiles raining down on northern Israel. The reporting was so utterly and shamelessly biased that I sat there for hours watching, assuming that eventually CNNi would get around to telling the rest of the story … but it never happened."

Another article on the topic that I recommend can be found here and is written by Orson Scott Card. Here is a small sample...

"This was completely foreseeable and in fact many people did foresee it. One political party, in Congress and in the executive branch, tried repeatedly to tighten up the rules. The other party blocked every such attempt and tried to loosen them...

...Isn't there a story here? Doesn't journalism require that you who produce our daily paper tell the truth about who brought us to a position where the only way to keep confidence in our economy was a $700 billion bailout? Aren't you supposed to follow the money and see which politicians were benefiting personally from the deregulation of mortgage lending?"

Shame on you people in the media who call themselves journalists. You have failed the people of this country to rely on you to provide them with the information that they need to know and understand. Shame on you for ignoring some stories, falsifying others, and lying to all of us {half truths or other wise}.

I am done with you!

Are you done with them too? Have you seen it? Do you think the media can regain their integrity during this election?

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