Journalist wars

This former (pseudo) journalist sides with the “non-journalists” on this one. Just because you claim to be objective doesn’t make you a journalist, or prove that you are objective. Writing can be objective, but people can’t be. There’s an old saying, “Opinions are like a——s; everybody’s got one.” That includes journalists, and anyone who says they don’t is lying which is most of the respectable media establishment in the USA. http://www.salon.com/2013/08/20/grunwald_vs_greenwald_whos_the_activist_journalist_now/?source=newsletter

“So which is it? Does having an opinion disqualify one from being a journalist? Or can you have an opinion and still retain the coveted “journalist” status and protections? The answer today clearly depends on the kind of opinion, and whether it serves or challenges those in power.”

“By contrast, Grunwald has saber-rattling opinions that proudly support the government’s drone strikes and surveillance. Sorkin’s opinions promote Wall Street’s interests. Broder had opinions that supported, among other things, the government’s corporate-serving “free” trade agenda. Woodward has opinions backing an ever-bigger Pentagon budget that enriches defense contractors. Goldberg promotes the Military-Industrial Complex’s generally pro-war opinions. Friedman is all of them combined, promoting both “free” trade and “suck on this” militarism. Because these voices loyally promote the unstatedassumptions that serve the power structure and that dominate American politics, all of their particular opinions aren’t even typically portrayed as opinions; they are usually portrayed as noncontroversial objectivity. And because their opinions support the government and corporate establishment, those promoting them get to keep their journalism credentials — and all the attendant protections.”

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