The Mainstream Media Party

I came across this article in the OpinionJournal by James Taranto about the Mainstream media, their bias and their "political party" the American Mainstream Media Party.

It is brilliant and well worth the read.

This is not just a matter of "liberal bias." When it comes to matters of war and scandal, journalists see themselves playing a role that is not impartial but adversarial vis-à-vis the government. But the media’s adversarial culture asserts itself far more strongly when a Republican is in the White House.

Yet the ability of the partisan media to shape events is self-limiting. In the 1960s and ’70s, journalists had a reputation, built up over decades, for objectivity and fairness–a reputation they have, to a significant degree, squandered. When Walter Cronkite turned against the Vietnam War, it had an impact because he was known as "the most trusted man in America." Is there any journalist today who comes anywhere close to wearing that mantle?



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