Don't Read This!
Read this instead: The Columbia Journalism Review's archived Report Card on the poor performance of the press during the 2004 Presidential Campaign.
Below is a snippet from Steve Lovelady's "Introduction" to the 6-part series. Do yourself (and future generations) a favor and read the whole series:
Thus do reporters turn themselves into parrots of the talking points of the day, unwilling to "undo the folded lie," as W.H. Auden put it, rendered impotent by the outmoded tradition of journalism-as-transcription to confront what Walt Whitman called "the never-ending audacity of elected persons."
And it is the readers and the viewers who pay the price.
With that, we introduce a six-part series that we'll be unspooling over the next few days. There is campaign coverage to praise, of course, and where we found it, we'll praise it. But we'll be concentrating on the flaws, the ingrained habits and the institutional mandates that drive unwitting reporters on daily deadline to frame issues unfairly and to construct narratives that do not reflect reality.
Click here to go to the series right now