Wednesday, June 21, 2006


Posted by Codemorse

Here, for your edification and edu-tainment, are two takes on the "liberal media." Up first is Jonah Goldberg, well-known conservative columnist and commentator:

In the 1980s, there was a famous magazine called the New Republic. It was often brilliant, occasionally very influential, almost uniformly enjoyable to read, and one of its greatest strengths, and weaknesses, was its penchant for counterintuitiveness. The liberal Washington establishment would say X, and the New Republic would declare, with an élan that passed for liberal tough-mindedness, "Not X—but, not for the reason those stupid conservatives think!" The Beltway establishment loved it. Like the smartest kids at the Harvard Crimson, TNR treated Washington players like they were campus celebrities. And, in turn, TNR became—or further became—the club team of the Mainstream Media. With a few years of seasoning at TNR, you were ready to become a reporter for the Post Style section or a correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, hopefully keeping just enough of that brashly insouciant counterintuitiveness to add some edginess to their staid pages. (Poo-pooers of liberal media bias might ask why proudly liberal magazines are such useful stepping stones to jobs in "objective" journalism, while conservative ones are not.)

And here's Elbert Ventura:

Taking Goldberg's unsupported contention at face value, there's a simple answer. Journalists who pay their dues at staunchly liberal mags practice exactly that: journalism. Their politics, like the editorial policy, may be liberal, but they nonetheless aim for the basic ideals of accuracy, intellectual honesty, skepticism, and fairness to which journalists aspire. When they move on from those magazines, newspaper editors feel confident that they're hiring intelligent, fair-minded reporters as opposed to shrill, knee-jerk dogmatists.

Point! Counterpoint!


At 9:09 AM, Blogger Anonymous Assclown said...

Interesting that Ventura would take that tack considering the obvious salient counter-reply would be the snarky yet effective;

"You mean intellectually honest, fair-minded journalists like Syephen Glass?

At 9:33 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

Followed up swiftly by the assumed Ventura retort:

"No, I mean stalwart, fact-checking journos like Armstrong Williams, Maggie Gallagher, and Michael McManus."

Thus helping to further the argument that "The Media" is neither liberal, nor conservative. It's both, dependent on who's pulling the purse strings and who's writing and editing the stories; on what the overall "leaning" of the parent corporation is. On the desire to generate higher readership and stock prices.


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