Sunday, August 16, 2009

The High Standard of Journalism

The Washington Post has a story today about a town hall meeting at Towson University in Maryland. What's striking is that the reporter's voice purports to be objective until this sentence in the fourth paragraph "I, being an outspoken sort, carried a sign backing health-care reform and decided to mix with the opposition crowd."

The reporter, of course, accuses his opponents of spreading lies and misinformation, while he of course speaks with straight tongue.

I do not object to a partisan press. I do object, strongly, to a press that wants to have it both ways, as advocates and as disinterested observers.

1 comment:

Andrew said...

You misunderstand. It's 'lies and misinformation' when you cite chapter, verse, and version of ObamaCare. It's 'accurate reporting' when you refer to ordinary working-class people as 'evil-mongers'.