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POLITICO: An Assault on Journalism

On the POLITICO’s “The Arena” page, the BPC’s Eileen McMenamin discusses the difference between pure journalism and the murky world of campaign and ideological advocacy:

As someone who has both been a journalist and worked with hundreds of them over the years, I shudder to think about what often passes for journalism today. Journalism is an honorable profession. It shouldn’t be tarnished by those who’d seek to use it as a thinly-disguised form of advocacy. True, hard-working journalists endeavor each day to report on and deliver the news in an objective manner so that their audiences can be well-informed about government, politics, business, foreign affairs – the issues that matter in our lives. Advocating on behalf of a candidate or an ideology certainly has its place – but it is not journalism, so let’s not call it that.

Read her full take here.

2010-07-01 00:00:00

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