Legitimate and Illegimate Media Outlets

It seems if you watch parts of the all the “news” channels or programs – you would wander if you’re watching news or a slightly politicized version of TMZ. “Reporters” asked questions and the person they are talking to – waves, smiles and walks away if the question is something they don’t want to answer. If their comment is complimentary enough – the subject of the questioning may come over to the reporter and say something witty or quotable.

Have the American people and “journalists” forgotten what we expect from them? Do they remember what it means to be a journalist?

This is a small excerpt from an interview Martin Bashir did last week and it is part of an article about the ongoing battle the Obama administration is waging on Fox News….

Last week Rolling Stone editor Michael Hastings – who is a liberal and said recently that “most journalists I know are liberal” – discussed his time covering Obama on the campaign trail. Among the things he witnessed was a reporter trying to interview Obama using a sock puppet.

He told MSNBCs Martin Bashir, “That’s the presence of Obama, even on the press corps, even on the people who follow him every day. When they are near him, they lose their mind sometimes. They start behaving in ways, you know, that are juvenile and amateurish and they swoon.”

This post also includes a link to a memo from Media Matters – that all people who value the 1st amendment should read.
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