~ So it Can be Born Again ~
In the aftermath of the '08 elections, journalists are coming out of the
woodwork to admit their bias for Obama. While nothing new to those paying
attention, now the guilt is so palpable even big names have sung 'mea culpa:'
Bias has become so unbridled it must be confessed.
Just to be clear, what does "bias" mean exactly? From Wikipedia:
Bias is a term used to
describe a tendency or preference towards a particular perspective, ideology or
result, especially when the tendency interferes with the ability to be
impartial, unprejudiced, or objective.
Getting right to the heart of the matter, these confessions are effective
admission to widespread complicity in having helped rig a Presidential
election, not to mention the coattails to go with it. The ostensible reason:
These pundits know what's best for the rest of us.
That sure puts "Freedom of the Press" in a whole new light!
Weren't they supposed to be the watchdogs against abuses of power? Or perhaps
that's just too old fashioned.
Do we have any recourse? To impeach them en masse would be just, but clearly
impossible. Therefore, before such grotesque abuses can happen again, let us
hope their waning influence amongst the better informed, now coupled to the
financial maelstrom they've so eagerly fanned, manages to swallow them whole.
Then, like a phoenix, let journalism be born anew. And instead of "Who,
what, where, when, why, and how," maybe they can strike the
"Why." Because far too often it's their own "whys" they
indulge - at the expense of whatever meager objectivity man can muster.
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