Posted by: Laura | July 28, 2009

This might be the first and only time I agree with Sarah Palin on the media…

… although I have an inkling we might be in disagreement about which news sources are doing the fabrication.

Another right protected for all of us is freedom of the press, and you [the reporters] all have such important jobs reporting facts and informing the electorate, and exerting power to influence. You represent what could and should be a respected honest profession that could and should be the cornerstone of our democracy.

Democracy depends on you, and that is why, that’s why our troops are willing to die for you. So, how ’bout in honor of the American soldier, ya quite makin’ things up.

I admit that I’m tired of Palin using the media as a scapegoat for her missteps – the ethics investigations might come as a result of media attention, but the media attention comes with a political platform so stop whining… gaining power means sacrifice – but she has a point.

She has been the victim of out-of-context reporting as well outright misreporting (her alleged membership in the Alaskan Independence Party never actually happened), just as every politician has (hi, the picture of Obama “checking out a girl” – uncomfortably out of context). The need to get the scoop seems to have more weight than the fact-checking and source-vetting processes that should shape news reporting.

On the other hand, I would rather get false stories, which have a tendency to get cleared up in the long-run (not without causing some damage), than not get true ones – like exposing corrupt politicians.

Attillah Springer: “It’s a time-honoured tradition in Trinidad now for Prime Ministers to have suspicion and contempt for the media. Papa Patos [Patrick Manning] is right this time though. The media aren’t playing their role properly. If they were, people like him would never be able to hold on to power for as long as he has.”

Wikipedia, background on Manning: “Unemployment is currently at historic high levels, with many jobs being outsourced by Chinese immigrants in the construction industry. Violent crimes such as murders, rapes and kidnappings, rose sharply between 2002 and 2006, leading to widespread public dissatisfaction with the government’s ability to address crime. Under the Manning administration, Trinidad and Tobago have been ranked 10th on highest murder rates in the world, as of December 2008 the national murder figure stand at 510 persons killed in 2008 compared to 367 in 2007.[4] There are also two members of his political party, including sitting Members of Parliament, who are currently on corruption charges, and a senior member of his Cabinet is being investigated by the Integrity Commission for alleged corruption.”

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