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Unmarked Poster Donating Member (57 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-06-06 11:25 AM
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A Challenge to the Media: Defend Your Integrity
From Salon's Daou:

"While major media figures and media outlets dizzy themselves trying to rebut factual critiques from the left and to justify unjustifiable reporting, herds of rightwingers wantonly slander them. Case in point: National Review's Rich Lowry uses his platform to write this outlandish statement:

"(Haditha) will be treated as the story of the century, or at least the biggest story since Abu Ghraib. Souls will be searched, hands wrung, and overly broad statements about our stained national honor made. Let the wallowing begin. There is an obvious agenda here, aside from the instinctive glee much of the media seem to take in any failing of the U.S. military. Haditha is a chance to drive a stake into the heart of the Iraq war."

This kind of assault on the free press is par for the course on the right. And unlike Democrats, Republicans at the highest levels willingly go after the media. For once, I'd like to see journalists rise in indignation and fury. For once, I'd like to know if the targets of this abuse have the pride and dignity to reject it, to stand up for their profession and their personal integrity. If the same attacks were directed toward any other profession or professional, the response would be overwhelming. Why do reporters take it lying down?

I challenge establishment journalists to stand up to the rightwing smear machine and condemn the maligning of their patriotism and of their values."

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  - That's be nice  bryant69   Jun-06-06 11:30 AM   #1 
bryant69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-06-06 11:30 AM
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1. That's be nice
I have some sympathy with the media (I believe them cowardly rather than in cahoots), but I suspect they are too cowardly to respond to this challange.

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