Friday, October 24, 2008

An ABC News Columnist "ashamed to be a journalist"

I find the words of ABC News Columnist Michael S. Malone, an extract of which appears below, both heartbreaking and heartening (does that make me bi-polar?). Malone is abjectly upsets at his profession because of what he considers their bias and their apparent lack of interest in hiding it. It breaks my heart to read that he is ashamed to be a journalist; I am heartened that he had the courage --a trait I still ascribe to the well-practiced profession of journalism-- to pen this. Selfishly, this is why SpinSpotter exists. Read Malone's entire piece, here. Hat tip to LittleGreenFootballs.

The traditional media is playing a very, very dangerous game. With its readers, with the Constitution, and with its own fate.

The sheer bias in the print and television coverage of this election campaign is not just bewildering, but appalling. And over the last few months I’ve found myself slowly moving from shaking my head at the obvious one-sided reporting, to actually shouting at the screen of my television and my laptop computer.

But worst of all, for the last couple weeks, I’ve begun — for the first time in my adult life — to be embarrassed to admit what I do for a living. A few days ago, when asked by a new acquaintance what I did for a living, I replied that I was “a writer”, because I couldn’t bring myself to admit to a stranger that I’m a journalist

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