P.C. In The Press Room – American Journalism, R.I.P.

“Everything you read in newspapers is absolutely true, except for that rare story of which you happen to have first hand knowledge.” –Erwin Knoll

I offer the post below from Big Journalism as Exhibit “A” regarding a truth I learned many years ago in Vietnam:  The Mainstream Media Lies. Sometimes the lies are intentional, designed to sway public opinion for or against a policy, a certain course of action, a certain group disfavored by the liberal elite.  Sometimes they are unintentional: theoretically honest reportage, but filtered through the prism of the liberal paradigm–an inconvenient fact omitted here, an approbatory one included there.  When I was a journalism major in college, it was drilled into us that a news story was to contain  only the “who”, the “what”, the “where”, the “how”, and the “when”.  The “why” was the exclusive province of the editorial pages.  But my old professor is dead now.  So, it appears, is American journalism.

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Society Of Professional Journalists Launches Illegal Alien Amnesty Campaign (by Dan Riehl, Re-Posted In Full From Big Journalism)

Of course the Society of Professional Journalists would have a “Diversity Committee.” How else could liberals continue on with the thought policing of which they became so fond in college? Now, according to the SPJ’s The Quill, they think the AP style book should be changed to provide amnesty to illegal aliens until they are proven to be in the U.S. illegally.

Frequent use of the phrases “illegal immigrant” and “illegal alien” by our mainstream media is being questioned in order to remain faithful to the principles of our U.S. Constitution.

SPJ’s Diversity Committee met during the 2010 convention in Las Vegas and decided to engage in a yearlong educational campaign designed to inform and sensitize journalists as to the best language to use when writing and reporting on undocumented immigrants.

Megyn Kelly picked up on the topic at Fox News. Now, TPM is taking out after her. Given that so many self-professed journalists so routinely perform journalistic malpractice of the JournoList variety today, in the spirit of being certain, I propose we stop calling all of them journalists. We can just call them something fun, like typing monkeys, until we’re absolutely convinced they are capable of producing something akin to objective journalism, as opposed to the usual liberal spew they regularly regurgitate on cue.

Unfortunately, thanks to foolish constructs like the SPJ’s diversity committee, what was once thought to be a vital, objective and independent force in American democracy – journalism, is very often little more than liberal tripe. Genuine free thinkers need no longer apply.

Plenty of conservatives are pretty upset over a campaign by the Society of Professional Journalists to convince reporters to stop using the terms “illegal aliens” and “illegal immigrants” in favor of “undocumented immigrant.” But none are as livid as perpetually outraged Fox News host Megyn Kelly, who on Wednesday afternoon asked if journalists were going to start calling rapists “non-consensual sex partners” next.

“You could say that a burglar is an unauthorized visitor. You know, you could say that a rapist is a non-consensual sex partner which, obviously, would be considered offensive to the victims of those crimes,” Kelly said. “So how far could you take this?”

Related Story: The Dying Mainstream Media = “Fringe Media” (Frugal Cafe)

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About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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11 Responses to P.C. In The Press Room – American Journalism, R.I.P.

  1. Ike Jakson says:

    That’s why I fight Time Warner/CNN/Swampland et al. I know it helps very little but every bit helps.

  2. True journalism in the mainstream media is dead.

    Sadly, so many Americans rely on the msm for their news. That travesty is one reason that BHO got elected.

  3. how true it is…… I stole your cartoon, it sums the nyt up as good as it can get.

  4. Bob Mack says:

    More Press Room P.C. – The Constitution Is Impossible To Understand Because It’s Over 100 Years Old

    http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=hd6UkU6UaG

  5. J. P. Morgan says:

    I love Megyn Kelly, even though she spells her name funny. She is smart, freshly good looking, and takes no crap from mealy-mouth liberal fools. Good for her for taking on the liberal media.

    • Bob Mack says:

      Happy New Year, J.P. Looks like it’ll be a little less bright out in Flyover country (and elsewhere in America) in 2011. This from the American Spectator:

      2011 will not only be colder, but darker: the last U.S. factory making incandescent light bulbs closed in 2010. From now on, in between the moment you throw the switch and when the stupid spiral actually emits its dull light take time to thank a liberal. (When a bulb breaks, call the hazmat squad: the spirals contain mercury, which is nearly as hazardous to your health as Obamacare.)

  6. VotingFemale says:

    Happy New Year Bob Mack! Ike Jakson! Always On Watch! Sarge Charlie! J. P. Morgan!

  7. J. P. Morgan says:

    To all you good folks, the best for this coming new year. May it be better than the last two. I have high hopes but low expectations. I guess we will take all that power saved and use it to plug in our non existent electric cars. The only time I really feel safe is when Congress is in recess.

  8. typing monkeys.

    heh.

    Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Tonight during half-time of the Oklahoma-Connecticut game I was reading Decision Points. Bush told the story of how the NY Times divulged how the Terrorist Surveillance Act worked. The White House and all of national security met with them and begged them to drop the story. Of course they would not. Someone from the State Dept. had to be behind it. To this day, no one has been prosecuted.

    It’s near impossible to conduct any real intelligence today. I hope the president wipes the State Department clean. Love the cartoon.

    Happy new year Bob!

    • Bob Mack says:

      Happy New Year, Maggie. When the MSM isn’t slanting the news, you can be sure that those stories are the ones most injurious to the national interest. State has been a rat’s nest of libs, progs, & actual Communist spies at least since the years of FDR, as I’m sure you know. No way the current occupant of the WH is gonna hose it down. C’mon, 2012.

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