You read that right. Journalists have gone to war with their editors and publishers over policies that demand blind devotion to the administration. The report from AP…
Several hundred … journalists have rejected a recent policy declaration by newspaper editors pledging near-blind support to the state and banning criticism … in their publications, arguing that their move was designed to create a one-voiced media monolith.
We were excited to see this and were ready to declare the death of the Obama administration. Imagine, journalists actually investigating Fast & Furious, Benghazi, the IRS scandal. Digging into Eric Holder’s tenure at the Department of Justice. We felt a tingle running down our leg.
The we got the context.
Several hundred Egyptian journalists have rejected a recent policy declaration by newspaper editors pledging near-blind support to the state and banning criticism of the police, army and judiciary in their publications, arguing that their move was designed to create a one-voiced media monolith.
The point, however, is driven home. Egypt, of all places, has journalists who are willing to stand up and actually report what’s going on, likely at the risk of their lives and almost certainly at the risk of their jobs. In the US, there will be no change in policy with respect to supporting the Obama administration. Editors will still spike stories that make the President uncomfortable and will still spin every story to the administration’s favor.
We’ll close with a comment about the results when the media blindly follows one political ideology, is engaged in idol worship, and refuses to print and broadcast the truth.
“Standing up to terrorism with a shackled media and sealed lips means offering the nation to extremism as an easy prey and turning public opinion into a blind creature unaware of the direction from which it is being hit or how to deal with it,” said the statement.
Sounds like the last six years to us.
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