This is a very sad piece written by Michael Malone, but it is one of the most honest critiques of the Dinosaur, Drive-By, Mainstream, Obama-Worshiping Media concerning the current election season.
What Mr. Malone admits is that there is a bias. And, I understand that. I actually studied journalism in college. Even then we were always taught the four Ws. Who, what, when and why. And it was always emphasised to get both sides of any story.
But, we are not getting that what so ever.
What we are getting according to Mr. Malone is the last gasp of a dying industry.
Read these last three paragraphs of Mr. Malone's piece to get an idea of what is really going on here:
In other words, you are facing career catastrophe -and desperate times call for desperate measures. Even if you have to risk everything on a single Hail Mary play. Even if you have to compromise the principles that got you here. After all, newspapers and network news are doomed anyway - all that counts is keeping them on life support until you can retire.
And then the opportunity presents itself: an attractive young candidate whose politics likely matches yours, but more important, he offers the prospect of a transformed Washington with the power to fix everything that has gone wrong in your career. With luck, this monolithic, single-party government will crush the alternative media via a revived Fairness Doctrine, re-invigorate unions by getting rid of secret votes, and just maybe, be beholden to people like you in the traditional media for getting it there.
And besides, you tell yourself, it’s all for the good of the country . . .
What Mr. Malone is writing is so frightening. Because I am afraid that it is true.
But, I offer a little bit of sanity in this insane bias.
From here on in, most Americans are now convinced more than ever that there is a wholesale, left-wing bias in most newspapers, all of network television (except for that pesky Fox News Channel that seems to be picking up viewers on a daily basis), and those who are in charge of how information is disseminated.
These people are living in the past. They have no clue about the alternative media. And because of that, they would rather sell their souls to maybe make it one more generation. And there is the hope that a one-party town will make that happen.
Oh, did I say alternative media.
Well, what is failing on these fossils is the fact that alternative media has made even the threat of a so-called fairness doctrine seem old and archaic.
And it is.
And that is why even in the worst case scenario, it will not come to pass.
Oh, the left will try. But, alternative media, both right and left, will oppose it like nothing else. They will make the lives of congressmen and senators miserable. If you thought that the DDBMSOWM assault on Joe the Plumber was disgusting, the congressmen and senators will have a wrath on them that will make the assault on Joe the Plumber look like nothing.
But, the sad fact is that these fossils, rather than looking at the new ways to get information, with little bias as possible, out to the public, are selling their souls to the devil.
And with that, many an honest journalist, not afraid of being truth tellers, are turning to this medium, talk-radio and yes, outlets like Fox News Channel to work for and or to be the next Woodward and Bernstein.
No matter who wins, the DDBMSOWM will continue the sclerosis and bleeding and it is so not necessary.
But, once a fossil, always a fossil.