Thursday, September 20, 2007

Journalism in America

This story...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070920/ap_en_tv/tv_rather_lawsuit

...about Dan Rather being fired over a story he did about George Bush is interesting because it illustrates how the major news sources in the United States, CBS in this case, kowtow to the Bush administration, bowing and scraping in order to curry favor from the government. This is not the function of the fourth estate. The U.S. Constitution was designed so that journalists are free to harass and harangue all politicians. It is their duty to do so. The Founders knew that highly critical journalists with sharp pens and sharp tongues are the only thing that keeps the government honest. If journalists and news outlets align themselves with the government, or give politicians or the government the "benefit of the doubt", or in any way give in to the notion that criticizing the government is unpatriotic, then we are lost.

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