Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Has the Lapdog Press Finally Awakened?

Yes, there have been several moments in the bizarre presidency of Barack Obama where I hoped that maybe, just maybe, members of the Fourth Estate would awaken to their responsibilities (you know, the ones that they were taught in Journalism 101 -- honesty, relevancy, independence) and begin to fairly report the news.

With rare exceptions, those hopes have been dashed.

Dare I hope again?

* "O’s scandals take nation by storm" (Michael Goodwin, New York Post)

*  The letter from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to Attorney General Eric Holder which protests the Justice Department's subpoena of Associated Press phone records is co-signed by an awful lot of folks. Among them are ABC, American Society of News Editors, Association of American Publishers, Atlantic Media, California Newspaper Publishers Association, Cox Media Group, E.W. Scripps Company, Forbes, Gannett, Journal Communications,  National Association of Broadcasters, the National Press Club National Press Photographers Association, NBC, the New York Times, the Newspaper Guild, The Newsweek/Daily Beast, NPR, POLITICO, Reporters Without Borders, Reuters, Time, and the Washington Post. (You can read that letter here.)

* "D.C. turns on Obama" (POLITCO)

* "Obama's dangerous new narrative" (POLITICO)

* "CNN exclusive: White House email contradicts Benghazi leaks"

* "More Details on Benghazi Talking Points Emerge" (ABC)

* Costa on the ‘Tizzy’ in Washington over AP, IRS Stories: ‘Tide Has Turned on this Administration’