Not Fair and Balanced

Yesterday I described what I think fair and balanced news is. Here's what it isn't: Picking and choosing stories based on an agenda.

Item one: Enron. Lots of stories on ties to the Bush administration, but barely a mention that no less than former Clinton Treasury Secretary Bob Rubin lobbied heavily on behalf of the company.

Item two: Global Crossing. Big corporate shenanigans there, maybe even bigger than Enron, but no coverage. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Maybe because Democratic Party Chairman Terry McCauliffe made a cool $16 million off it?

Item three: the Bush economic team. Lots of press, all but calling them boobs at the switch. But nary a word about how these boobs managed to cobble together a rescue package for Brazil when no one thought they could.

Item four: the economy. Stories everywhere about how we're going to hell in a hand basket, even when faced with economic news that clearly says we aren't.

Item five: Iraq. All I'm seeing is how attacking them is going to be the undoing of the world and us. But wait a minute, didn't they say the same a decade ago, giving people the willies without giving them the facts?

I'm not here to take sides, just to take issue. And I'm not here to condone Republican sins any more than I am to cover Democratic ones.

I say, cover them all. Report them all. Give viewers and readers all.

I've actually heard from a journalism professor who says this Fox approach makes him ill. No offense professor, but you make me sick. You say we corrupt news. I say you corrupt students. After all, if viewers don't like me, they can always turn me off. You don't come with a remote, professor so your students aren't so lucky.


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