Saturday, March 10, 2007

Ideology shining through

The "Yes" man has always been mocked in the work place, but the Minister of Style's opinion was always favored by the Emperor when it came to his new clothes.


What the boss says goes. That's the way it is, even in the world of news reporting, following is the safest course of action if you want to keep your job, so a be a good little worker and match the ideology of your boss, right?


Lately I've been seeing a shift toward the right when it comes to reporting by the news media, and especially the Associated Press (AP). But according to their own website, the Associated Press is a not-for-profit cooperative... with a board of directors, of course.


It's only natural to elect top-tier corporate executives as leaders for the self-proclaimed "not-for-profit cooperative," because those are your choices.

Naturally, an employee will act in deference to employers, just as newspapers will act in deference to their advertisers. It’s a natural human behavior. Reporters sometimes make assumptions about those for whom they work, and there’s a chilling effect that occurs.

Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News reported on President Bush’s trip to Brazil on Friday, March 9, 2007, and made no mention what-so-ever about the thousands of anti-Bush protesters that were getting gassed and beaten by riot control squads. What does that say those for whom he works, and was he the Producer of that segment?

To see both sides of the same story, you must pay attention to more than just one source of news, and if you are a reporter, don't be afraid to tell it like it really is.

The news media reports all the time about how unemployment is going down, but do you hear about the increase in homelessness? Do you hear about the people whose unemployment benefits have expired?