Alpine Summit

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

What's Wrong With the Media

We (conservatives) often make the claim that the media is liberally biased. Liberals, in knee jerk reaction, make a baseless claim that the media is conservatively biased so as not to miss out on an opportunity to sound disenfranchised (or to give such a concession in the court of public opinion).

Well once again we catch a glimpse of the wrong attitude for members of the media have about their job.

Bob Woodward, the US journalist who helped break the Watergate scandal, called Wednesday on reporters to take more time on stories after the US media's handling of the run-up to the Iraq war.

The celebrated Washington Post reporter said the media should have done more to verify whether Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had secret weapons as alleged by US President George W. Bush as a reason to go to war.

"We should have been much more aggressive," Woodward told a conference in Tokyo.

A true journalist should say "I want to see what others don't and tell people about it." Journalists in the real world say "I want to change the world." This is merely evidence of that. Woodward, as a journalist, should know that his (and his peers') job is not to "be aggressive," but to simply explain the situation and the facts.

It's also pretty self-centered to think that the world's events will be put on hold if the media can only hold off on reporting things until arguments in the favor of the reporter (or their editors as the case may be) can be made by the same under the cloak of objectivity.