As The Previous Post Demonstrates Why We Can No Longer Trust Teachers, Schools And The Agencies That Regulate Them, This Post Shows Why We Cannot Trust Journalists Or Those Who Employ And Train Them…Ever!

The newly tenured celebrity journalism professor at Howard University told CBS News, “All journalism is activism.”

Res ipsa loquitur. This statement is signature significance for a fake journalist who understands neither her profession, nor its function in a democracy, nor a professional’s ethical obligations, not just in journalism, but in any profession. No competent, qualified journalist would ever say such a thing out loud. No trustworthy journalist would even think it.

Yet this “journalist” will be teaching aspiring journalists in college that their chosen profession is the antithesis of what it was designed to be.

Oh! Did I forget to mention her name? It is New York Times Magazine reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones. Consider: journalism departments were fighting over who would get her to corrupt their students. She spurned the offer of an academic chair by the University of North Carolina, which we now know places higher priority on wokeness credentials than on, say, competence, to take the post with Howard.

The culprit responsible for the racist and anti-America fake history exercise called the “1619 Project” went on to tell CBS,

“When you look at the model of The Washington Post, right? ‘Democracy dies in darkness,’ that’s not a neutral position. But our methods of reporting have to be objective. We have to try to be fair and accurate. And I don’t know how you can be fair and accurate if you pretend publicly that you have no feelings about something that you clearly do.”

Combined with her statement that journalism is activism, Hannah-Jones provided smoking gun evidence of the staggering number of facts and concepts she doesn’t comprehend. (Again, she is going to be teaching students, and spreading her ignorance as pearls of wisdom.) Let’s see.

  • To say journalism is activism is like saying practicing law is bird-watching. Journalists’ job is to uncover facts and report them fairly and accurately so that the public can understand the world and make informed decisions about how try to control their own fates. Activists are advocates, and advocates are by definition not interested in allowing people to acquire a balanced set of facts, only those that support their agendas. An activist is by definition incapable of ethical, competent or responsible journalism. A reporter who is an activist is not a reporter at all, but a distorter. News distorted by an activist with an agenda is propaganda.
  • “Democracy dies in darkness” is a neutral position that acknowledges that democracies need as much information and transparency as possible to survive. Hannah-Jones manages to misconstrue the assertion to equate “darkness” with not accepting political activist cant.
  • How can methods of reporting be objective when what is being reported is determined by a reporters’ activist agenda? This is gibberish.
  • “And I don’t know how you can be fair and accurate if you pretend publicly that you have no feelings about something that you clearly do.” The only feelings an ethical and trustworthy reporter should have is a dedication to the objective truth and reporting facts wherever they lead. As with all professionals, a journalist is trustworthy only if she understands that her duty is to the public, not her own political beliefs and objectives.
  • Thus Hannah-Jones is a tenured professor of a subject she doesn’t comprehend, along with integrity, conflicts of interest, professionalism and trust.

Great hire, Howard!

I learned about this head-exploding interview from Prof. Turley, whom I clearly released from the Ethics Alarms penalty box not a second too soon. He wrote in part,

“Reporters are now claiming greater and greater license to frame news to illustrate the truth as they see it. They nod to the need for fairness but then note that they have to tell the truth about society and politics as they see it. They then seek to frame rather than report the news. Hannah-Jones is a great example of how this new journalism quickly becomes raw advocacy.”

And she will be teaching students that this is what journalism is supposed to be. He continued,

” What is saddening is the silence of most journalism professors as they watch their profession just become a new form of advocacy. Few want to risk the professional attacks in opposing figures like Hannah-Jones. However, this movement is killing their profession. Polls show trust in the media at an all-time low with less than 20 percent of citizens trusting television or print media. Yet, reporters and academics continue to destroy the core principles that sustain journalism and ultimately the role of a free press in our society.”

Ultimately, this revolting development is punishment for our society extolling journalists as if they possess any special ability, intelligence or perception. Most of them don’t. Hannah-Jones certainly doesn’t. Nothing about journalism conveys special expertise regarding government, public policy, and certainly not character and ethics. Nonetheless, these arrogant, largely mediocre individuals who lacked the ability to perform more challenging tasks are convinced that they are endowed with the qualifications to decide what the public should know and in what framework they should know about it, if at all.

That conclusion alone demonstrates their intellectual and ethical deficits.

6 thoughts on “As The Previous Post Demonstrates Why We Can No Longer Trust Teachers, Schools And The Agencies That Regulate Them, This Post Shows Why We Cannot Trust Journalists Or Those Who Employ And Train Them…Ever!

  1. “Journalists’ job is to uncover facts and report them fairly and accurately so that the public can understand the world and make informed decisions about how try to control their own fates.”

    It is said that the ability to Reason is what distinguishes man from beast. It seems as though some now believe that Reason should be extinguished so as to eliminate the distinction so that the masses can be herded like beasts.

    There is no other reason for the practice of government censorship and activist journalists.

  2. ““Democracy dies in darkness” is a neutral position that acknowledges that democracies need as much information and transparency as possible to survive. Hannah-Jones manages to misconstrue the assertion to equate “darkness” with not accepting political activist cant.”

    Nevertheless, as used by the Washington Post, this statement was not a neutral position because it was clearly reflecting the Post’s belief that Donald Trump was a danger to democracy. The timing of its introduction shortly after Trump’s inauguration leaves little doubt in my mind that this was advocacy.

    Also, you appear to have a typo in the word Teachers in the headline.

    • (I was just checking to see who was paying attention)

      The Post motto was hypocritical to be sure, but I don’t see how you can “clearly” attach it to Trump.One could just as easily connect it to Hillary, of Biden, or Obama, or the FBI, or Facebook and Twitter. If the Post didn’t mean the motto to mean what the words denote, then there is no way to know what was meant.

  3. The extreme political left has become so open with their propaganda war that a nationally recognized social justice warrior like Nikole Hannah-Jones proudly states to the world that “all journalism is activism”. The Marxist, aka progressive, political left’s willingness to openly state that their “journalism” is now activism is signature significant of just how far the left has pushed the political pendulum toward the absurdities of Marxist totalitarianism, they actually think that their ideological viewpoint of the world is so popular and so “right” that it’s now fully appropriate to openly state that ethical journalism has been eaten alive by blind activism. You can’t fix this kind of stupid.

    Social Justice Warrior (SJW): A person who promotes socially progressive ideology regardless of truth, facts or logic. A modern social justice warrior believes that their ends justifies their means and the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights are flawed because of who wrote them and antiquated because of when they were written.

    Modern day SJW’s hate the United States of America, yes they literally hate (feel intense or passionate dislike for) the USA. They hate that the 1st Amendment applies to everyone, they hate ethical journalism, they hate the concept of innocent until proven guilty, they hate the justice system and anyone or anything that supports it, they hate the police, they hate anyone that opposes their ideology, they hate a Constitution that dares to allow others to oppose their ideology, they hate that our basic freedoms allow some people to make more money than others, they hate that their opposition has any rights, they believe in rights for me but not for thee, they hate the fact that equal opportunity doesn’t equate to equal outcomes, they hate that all our history (both good and bad) make us what we are today, they hate, Hate, HATE. Their hate is a malignant cancer to our society, our way of life, and our country and their anti-American ideology viewpoints are growing across the entire spectrum of our society. SJW’s want to fundamentally change the USA. SJW’s ideology is an enemy to all that makes the USA what it is, both their ideology and those that push it are an enemy of the people.

    Who will save the USA from what seems to be its inevitable demise?

    What do we as a society do when hope for our future wanes? We search for that pebble in the pond, our “savior”, that can turn this nonsense around…

    The problem is that sometimes you get a devil hiding behind the facade of a savior.

    Everything we do has consequences, be very careful what you wish for.

  4. Nikole Hannah-Jones said, “All journalism is activism.”

    To be truthful, it’s correct that journalism has become activism but Hannah-Jones is dead wrong that journalism is activism.

    Propaganda Is Destroying Trust In The Fourth Estate and Wreaking Havoc On Society

    Candidate Barack Obama once said, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

    President Obama inspired “progressive” activists to action.

    The 21st century’s collapse of ethical journalism was rapidly accelerated to the edge of reality during President Obama’s Presidency and was precariously teetering on that edge at the beginning of 2016, then it teetered a bit too far and plummeted into the abyss of pure unadulterated advocacy after President Trump was elected. Political activists and political hacks were inspired to remove their false facades during President Obama’s years as President and we’re seeing the results of that inspiration. Rebuilding journalism from the ground up will take a long time but it will be impossible to do with political activists and political hacks like Hannah-Jones teaching journalism all over the USA.

    How is everyone liking this “change” that was inspired during Obama’s Presidency?

  5. I’ve always been amazed the way reporters become experts just by reporting on a particular area. These English or Journalism undergrads become experts on military theory by simply covering a war. They become experts on governing simply by covering politicians. They are truly amazing.

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