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“Journalassic Park” ProPublica opens in time for elections. Same old Beltway establishment slant. Draws none of outrage it deserves. 6/11/08

Posted by Steve Boriss in ProPublica.
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As we all know, the news industry is being hammered by vanishing audiences. Only 18% find their stories believable, and two-thirds think they tend to favor one side. The left thinks they were lap-dogs for Bush’s war. The right thinks they are neither fair nor balanced. And, everyone is increasingly getting their news from Internet sites that defy mainstream media thinking — sites that carelessly mix fact and opinion, share their readers’ biases, and are not as obsessed with the importance of serious public sector issues.

Now given all this, tell me if this sounds like a good idea. Why not launch a news service called ProPublica that promises to turn-around the news industry’s fortunes by freely supplying them with more of the old journalism that readers are increasingly rejecting? Why not claim to be providing these outlets with superior, objective stories, while being funded by lefty partisan billionaires Herbert and Marion Sandler — who are major donors of Democrats, the American Civil Liberties Union, Acorn, the left-wing think tank Center for American Progress, and MoveOn.org? Begin the service 5 months before a major Presidential election, just in time to feed stories that might steer the election? And on your first day, feature 5 areas of scandal, all of which have been typically associated with Republicans?

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m all for partisan news outlets that take positions compatible with their readers’ worldviews, and I think that is our future. But I also think the public is thirsting for news outlets that are transparent about their biases, and that no longer mislead us that they are providing objective truths. By claiming they are objective, ProPublica is providing us with the same-old same-old lie. And when industries lie, industries die.

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1. conservatism_IS_compassion - 6/12/08

“I also think the public is thirsting for news outlets that are transparent about their biases, and that no longer mislead us that they are providing objective truths. By claiming they are objective, ProPublica is providing us with the same-old same-old lie.”

Yes, it’s the same lie – but the issue is whether it is even conceivable that a news outlet COULD be anything other than “liberal.” IMHO the answer is no – journalism, in and of itself, is a bias against conservatism.

2. moultrie - 6/18/08

Truth is breaking out, if it lies it dies, love that line!

3. Johnson - 6/23/08

“journalism, in and of itself, is a bias against conservatism”

This poster is parodying foil-hat right wingers, right? Or does he/she think Thomas Jefferson et al. were crazy liberals?


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