Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Modern Press

Orson Scott Card has a terrific essay up on the way the press has completely betrayed their profession for the sake of a political candidate. One, I would add, who seems to hold freedom of speech in very little regard. This is definitely one to pass around.

If you had any principles, then surely right now, when the American people are set to blame President Bush and John McCain for a crisis they tried to prevent, and are actually shifting to approve of Barack Obama because of a crisis he helped cause, you would be laboring at least as hard to correct that false impression.

Your job, as journalists, is to tell the truth. That's what you claim you do, when you accept people's money to buy or subscribe to your paper.

But right now, you are consenting to or actively promoting a big fat lie — that the housing crisis should somehow be blamed on Bush, McCain, and the Republicans. You have trained the American people to blame everything bad — even bad weather — on Bush, and they are responding as you have taught them to.

Read the rest, for it is all good.

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