October 18, 2009

Look in the mirror

Where to even fucking start?

What's most distinctive about the American press is not its freedom but its century-old tradition of independence—that it serves the public interest rather than those of parties, persuasions, or pressure groups. Media independence is a 20th-century innovation that has never fully taken root in many other countries that do have a free press. The Australian-British-continental model of politicized media that Murdoch has applied at Fox is un-American, so much so that he has little choice but go on denying what he's doing as he does it. For Murdoch, Ailes, and company, "fair and balanced" is a necessary lie. To admit that their coverage is slanted by design would violate the American understanding of the media's role in democracy and our idea of what constitutes fair play. But it's a demonstrable deceit that no longer deserves equal time.
There is a kind of willful blindness among these MSM jagoffs that is just incredible. Just marvel at that paragraph for a moment. It was written by a guy, who, we're told at the end of the piece, is the author of The Bush Tragedy. Which is a truly fair and balanced look at our last president, I'm sure.


I'll forgo the history lesson that Weisberg is obviously ignoring here in order to point out that his colleagues have been carrying water for the Democrat party for decades now. Oh, I'm sure he'd deny that, seeing as how he wouldn't dare to participate in a "politicized media" of the "Australian-British-continental" sort that he scorns, but here's the thing, Jacob...

Conduct an informal poll of your co-workers there at Newsweek. Ask them who they voted for last November. Or in November, 2004. Or in November, 2000. Or...you get the idea.

No, you don't? Why am I not the least bit surprised?


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