I don't want to get in the middle of Ann Coulter and Keith Olbermann trying to out petty one another in their little degree contest, but I have to wonder if I really did get a journalism degree. It seems that everyone else who has one is a liberal and it is starting to show … well, starting to show even more.
Look, I really don't want to criticize Pres. Obama. I honestly don't. I know many of you may not believe me, but it is the case. However, I fundamentally disagree with his political philosophy and that prevents me from supporting his agenda. I shouldn't have to apologize for disagreeing with a politician that disagrees with me, but so be it.
Even if I did lean more leftward, I would still be prone to point out criticisms of him because most in the media haven't and many won't. During the campaign and following the inauguration the press has been fawning of Pres. Obama.
That's why I wonder about my degree. When newspapers are failing around the country, you see the line of former *unbiased* reporters lining up for jobs in the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress. They decided they should get paid better for their fawning.
On Tuesday, Cox’s Scott Shepard joined Sen. John Kerry’s office as a speechwriter, becoming the second journalist this year to take a job under the Massachusetts Democrat. Investigative reporter Doug Frantz is now chief investigator under the Kerry-helmed Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
A week before [Chicago Tribune’s Jill] Zuckman announced that she’s headed for Obama’s Transportation Department, her Tribune colleague Peter Gosselin signed on as speechwriter for Obama’s treasury secretary, Tim Geithner.
In December, Jay Carney relinquished his perch as Time’s Washington bureau chief to become Vice President Joe Biden’s communications director. Warren Bass left the Washington Post’s Outlook section to write speeches and advise Dr. Susan Rice at the United Nations. Daniel W. Reilly left Politico to become communications director for Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) Linda Douglass left the National Journal for the Obama campaign back in May and is expected to become assistant secretary for public affairs in the department of Health and Human Services.
So there is a growing list of journalists leaving an obviously shaky job in newspapers for a more stable (for at least four years) in politics. I can somewhat understand that. It should be clear that these same journalists would not be doing the same (did not do the same) under a Republican administration or for Republican congresspeople. But now that they have entered politics, can they finally admit a left-leaning bias?
"I didn't leave journalism easily and I'll always think of myself as a reporter, with a notepad tucked in his back pocket and a lot of unanswered questions,” Frantz told Politico last month.
But even if Frantz views himself as a reporter, he’s no longer working for the Newhouse, Sulzberger or Chandler families. Instead, a Democratic politician signs the paychecks.
Frantz isn’t alone in downplaying the partisan aspect of his new job. Maybe it’s based on a lifetime of nonpartisan conditioning, but many of the reporters who’ve made the leap to government seem hesitant to admit that they’re no longer impartial observers.
“This is a Democratic administration; we’re obviously on that side of the aisle, but I don’t see this as a partisan job at all,” Carney told the Times a couple weeks back.
The communications director for the Democratic Vice President, doesn't see it as a "partisan job." Is he going to work to communicate the message of those who disagree with VP Biden? If not, then it is a partisan job. But then I can understand why he doesn't recognize the inherit partisanship of his current job – he didn't recognize it in his foreign job. He's doing the same thing as before, he just has a Democrat politician paying him to put out Democratic talking points instead of a newspaper.
Many have tried to respond that it is merely a consequence of the economy and downtown in the newspaper business. Why then didn't some of the prominent reporters take jobs for Republicans in Congress. Not all are working for the Executive branch. If journalists are unbiased or if there are just as many Republican as Democrats in the newsrooms, why hasn't any NY Times writer started working for the minority leader? Why no Newsweek reporters taking jobs with a top Republican senator?
The answer to that question seems obvious enough, as does the identity of the next reporter to be drawing a paycheck from Obama. I think I have a good guess.
A reporter was escorted out of a White House event by Secret Service agents on Wednesday afternoon after he approached President Obama to seek an autograph.
At the end of an East Room signing ceremony for legislation funding the State Children's Health Insurance Program, an unidentified member of the media jumped the rope penning off reporters from invited guests in an apparent attempt to get Obama's autograph, according to a White House aide.
Some reporters are jumping ship, others are jumping the rope. They all just want to be closer to Obama. You can be certain though that journalists were doing the same thing with President Bush and I'm sure once that reporter got Obama's autograph, he intended to ask the President a tough follow-up question about government expansion and spending.
I guess I should have went to the Ag School at Cornell if I wanted a real journalism degree that would make me like all the other reporters.