JournoList: Isolated case or the tip of the iceberg?
Some of the liberal reporters in the JournoList online discussion group suggested that political biases should shape news coverage. Is the principle of journalistic impartiality disappearing?
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Mr. Klein wrote in the Post Wedensday that JouroList journalists were simply wrestling with questions of how to deal with the new world of partisan online and cable media.Skip to next paragraph
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"How do you handle organizations like the Daily Caller that sell themselves as news outlets but 'are taking advantage of an older Progressive era concept of disinterestedness and objectivity to peddle partisan coverage?' " Klein writes.
"If I had thought there was some deep and dark conspiracy to protect [Obama], I can guarantee you I would've been a bit more selective" in who was accepted into the forum, Klein adds.
Stepping over old lines
Yet the most controversial figure admitted to JournoList, the Washington Independent's Spencer Ackerman, makes few claims to disinteredness and objectivity.
Mr. Ackerman suggested that colleagues divert attention from the Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy that dogged then-candidate Obama's campaign in 2008 by calling certain conservative figures racists.
Ackerman fits the profile of the media's new breed of "blogger/journalists" who write partisan-leaning blogs under the imprimatur of old-school mastheads. One of Ackerman's blogs is called "Attackerman," and he said in a recent interview that "passion is looked down upon in general in journalism, simply because it's a bourgeois institution. If I come across as unprofessional, oh well."
For conservatives like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Ackerman's words are a gift. "It's encouraging for commonsense conservatives who are frustrated with media cover-ups and biases to see truth revealed," she wrote on her Facebook page
Yet media experts warn against casting the mainstream media as a monolithic unit.
"You can't just talk about 'the media' in this case," says Mike Hoyt, editor of the Columbia Journalism Review. "There are all kinds of reporters, and some of them are progressives and liberals and some of them aren't."
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