curiousmay9 sent me a link to this article this morning:
“Thirty years ago, conservatives embarked on a plan to subvert journalism and skew America to the right. They succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.”
I learned something I didn’t know before. Gore never claimed to have invented the internet. That was a fabrication straight from the Republican party.
A young writer for Rupert Murdoch’s neoconservative Weekly Standard named Matt Labash—whom I hired into right-wing journalism at The American Spectator—was probably laughing, too, when he was interviewed by Columbia Journalism Review partner Web site JournalismJobs.com. The interviewer asked, “Why have conservative media outlets like The Weekly Standard and FOX News Channel become more popular in recent years?” In his answer, Labash conceded that conservatives reject in their own media the standards of fairness, accuracy, and unbiased coverage that they demand from the “liberal media.” He unmasked the hypocrisy at the heart of these endeavors:
“Because they feed the rage. We bring pain to the liberal media. I say that mockingly but it’s true somewhat … While these hand-wringing Freedom Forum types talk about objectivity, the conservative media like to rap the liberal media on the knuckles for not being objective. We’ve created this cottage industry in which it pays to be un-objective … It’s a great way to have your cake and eat it too. Criticize other people for not being objective. Be as subjective as you want. It’s a great little racket.”