I thought a bit of rancor was appropriate for a Comment of the Day on this topic, which I’m sure some Ethics Alarms readers are getting sick to death of, the collapse of journalism ethics. I fight every day to find a balance between posting more evidence of this corrosive and wholly avoidable infection within our society, for more evidence appears daily, and leaving the issue alone for another day in order to examine different topics. But while in other areas of professional ethics I see sincere and genuine efforts to identify unethical conduct, address it, and reform it…Yes, even in politics…I see none in journalism. To the contrary, I see obstinate denial that there is a problem, especially from those who perceive themselves and their ideological agendas as benefiting from the increasingly egregious mainstream media bias. Until there is an acknowledgment of this problem and its seriousness within journalism itself, it will only continue to get worse, and our society and nation will get even sicker as a result.
Here is Steve-O-in NJ’s Comment of the Day on the post, Unethical Quote Of The Month: Journalist Matt Pearce:
CAN journalists legitimately try to hide their agendas from anyone with a functioning brain and ethical compass after they “cut loose” in 2016? The evidence of media bias has been getting bigger and bigger since 1992. The media’s running interference for Bill, attempt to swindle the voters in 2004 with a lie, and industry-wide push for Obama were all pretty damning pieces of evidence, but the open abandonment of objectivity in 2016 in an attempt to save this nation from itself irrevocably broke the scale. I think for a while they even had you [ Host’s note: That is, me] persuaded, though not consciously so, since your thinking moved through the idea that Hillary would do less damage than Trump before you decided that Hillary was also unworthy of your support.
It’s frankly time for the mainstream media to own up to the fact that it isn’t objective anymore and hasn’t been for some time, and that its job is to push the progressive agenda any way it can. It won’t though. It’s like a family member calling you up on Saturday morning and saying “I don’t want to take up your day, but the attic needs cleaning, the faucet’s dripping, and the hedges need trimming, so I was hoping…” What your in-law is really hoping is that you’re gullible enough to go along with what he says, and that, come 5 or 6 that evening, when all these tasks are done, before he pushes you out the door because it’s suppertime and “I only bought enough for us, I know you’ll understand” you’ll self-deceive and say it was no trouble at all. In reality, you got had, you knew you were being had, but you took the path of least resistance (of course maybe your wife implied or stated outright that your monthly sex night was in jeopardy if you didn’t do whatever her screwup brother wanted).
If you have a spine and a brain, you won’t self-deceive, and you’ll tell your in-law he is hoping in vain, you already have plans, and he can do his own damn home maintenance, Chump’s Free Contracting is out of business. It’s time for the public to stop self-deceiving and not take anything the mainstream media says at face value.