Over at The Nation we have this piece of journalistic nonsense.
At the nation they
make it a point to practice fearless, bold, timely journalism that raises critical issues ignored by the mainstream press.
Really. They also make it a point to do sloppy, messy, unrepentantly biased journalism as in the article to which Ms. Vanden Heuvel refers. Biased, you say. Biased I answer. There are many sins committed by journalist today but the most egregious are the ones pertaining to a lack of objectivity about the subject being reported on. In the halls of academia, journalism professors teach and have taught for years that the journalist’s job is to not only report the news but interpret it for the poor slobs who by their paper or magazine or who listen to or watch them on radio or TV. What about, the left would screech, Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck? The big difference is that these men and their female counterparts like Laura Ingram, Tammy Bruce et al. don’t consider or refer to themselves as journalists. They are not required to be objective. They have an ax to grind, preferably in the neck of “progressivism”. They are NOT reporters and no one can claim other wise.
There are many ways to do biased reporting. How you report something, the words and phrases you use convey feelings and nuances that color the actual facts. As in the previous paragraph when I used the word screech. I could have used a plethora of other words; said, claimed, maintained, mention, assert, declare, retort, respond, or argued. I did not. I used the word screech because NOT being a journalist I don’t have to maintain a veneer of objectivity. I’m not objective, this is an opinion blog. My opinion blog. I claim nothing else.
So let’s take a quick peek at this “apology” and see how objective the editor’s piece really is, shall we.
might be linked to an Astroturf operation.
didn’t directly call Tyner a plant, and they didn’t say that he was funded by the Koch brothers. Nonetheless, their article gave that impression
The Nation hasn’t been–and never will be–in the business of muffling citizen protest.
Now then, let’s take make sure we understand. A citizen has the right to protest unlawful, intrusive behavior only if that citizen isn’t a member of some astroturf organization or in any way shape or form affiliated with those cwafty and wrascally ne’er do wells the Koch brothers. So Ms Vanden Heuval I live in the same state as the Koch brothers does that make me muffle-worthy? I ascribe the the principles asserted by the Tea Party; less government, more transparency, less taxes, less restrictions, more personal responsibility. Does THAT make me a plant? What about organizations such as Code Pink, Moveon, The Tides Foundation and a virtual cornucopia of organizations whose stated goals are diametrically opposed to the ideals held by most Americans? Are those astroturf organizations? They are funded by one man, or by subsidiaries or friends of his. How is it he’s not wrascally and cwafty? Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, as they say.
We are, however, committed to bold reporting and to airing intelligent debates even–or especially–when they challenge our preconceptions and make our readers uncomfortable.
Here’s I think a revelation to you. I don’t read the news to be comfortable, I read it to be informed. If your delivery of the news makes people uncomfortable I would suggest you’re doing it wrong. Facts do not make people who are seeking the truth uncomfortable; innuendo, suggestion and right out falsehoods, however, do. Maybe you should worry more about that then about your lofty mission statements.
Oh and next time, a simple “We made a mistake, We’re very sorry” would go a long way to rehabbing your somewhat tarnished reputation. That would however be a fundamental paradigm shift among the progressive cadre so I won’t be looking forward to that anytime soon. Here’s another observation, progressivism is a failed ideal, like communism and socialism. Maybe ya’ll could come up with a few new “isms” to try out. Chaos, disaster and disunion seems to be the norm with liberals.
Some people just can’t live without crisis.