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Is There A Difference Between Journalism and Propaganda?

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Monday, January 2, 2012, 1: 25 PM

Anyone paying attention has known for sometime that many  of the most dramatic photos of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict are staged by the photographers and the subjects.

Sycophant Journalism — No Fourth Estate Here

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Monday, July 25, 2011, 11: 24 AM

The mainstream media, or old media, will deny that it’s biased to the left until the last journalist in hanged. Most of us know that’s rubbish. CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, WaPo, NYT, AP, Reuters, et al. act as if they are the public information arm of the Democrat party. Many times the questioning of a Republican will start with the words, “How can you say…”. Democrats, on the other hand, are seldom if ever questioned in a confrontational manner. They should be because while many if not most politicians demagogue and lie, only Democrats can get away with it. Thus, they have taken those vices to stratospheric levels. If a politician knows that journalists are friendly and will not bust him for his deception and exaggeration, all manner of machinations and subterfuge will go forth as fact, to become the zeitgeist. That’s why “conventional wisdom” is so often wrong.

Rush speaks of the “drive-by media.” The term fits — they operate much as drive-by shooters, showing up to a news story, doing their best to murder the facts, and moving on to the next story. Lately he refers to the major networks, old print media, and cable news outlets as the “state-run” media, since they behave exactly the same as if they were a division of the government, at least when the government is controlled by Democrats. Rush has never done so, but some people jokingly refer to the New York Times as Pravda and the Washington Post as Izvestia.

In the current climate, unlike the past, those who recognize sycophant journalism for what it is aren’t alone. The American people seem to have caught on to the game that is being played. From The Hill,

Likely voters hold a dismal view of the news media, generally regarding reporters as biased, unethical and too close to the politicians they purport to cover, according to a new poll for The Hill.

A full 68 percent of voters consider the news media biased, the poll found. Most, 46 percent, believe the media generally favor Democrats, while 22 percent said they believe Republicans are favored, with 28 percent saying the media is reasonably balanced.

Who is that 28% that believes the media is reasonably balanced? Well, they can believe that only because the bias is in their direction, and they lack self reflection or what shrinks call an “observing ego.”

UPDATE: William Katz at Urgent Agenda has an answer: “That 28 percent can be found in Chicago cemeteries, though they’re let out to vote on election day.”

Journalism in America believes the customer is always wrong. No other business could survive with so little regard for the consumers of its product. Journalism neglects the duties of a free press while its practitioners brazenly and with unabashed arrogance wallow in professional malpractice. They have no sense of their duty to be a true “fourth estate,” serving as a check on the three branches of government. Instead, they are content as servile flatterers to a particular political party and its agenda.

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