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Sunday, March 2, 2008

The Fourth Estate: Disservice and Failure of the Traditional Press

I read a very interesting article in which the traditional press media have been accused of being unfair in the coverage of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. The allegation is being put forth that the media are providing biased coverage in favor of Barack Obama in his quest to become the nominee of the Democratic Party for President of the United States of America. Go on over and read the article Media expert decries campaign coverage by Beth Fouhy, Associated Press writer.
I agree with the premise as put forth in that article. I have been voicing the same concern about the traditional press for a long, long time whether it be the print or broadcast media coverage in campaigns for President of the United States of America, or for Mayor of Toledo, for Toledo City Council, for Lucas County Commisioner, or for Member of the State Board of Education of Ohio, or for any and all other elective offices.
Over at my other blog, Roland's Ramblings, I have made several entries in reference to the overall subject of what I believe is a responsibility of press and traditional media in providing complete and accurate political coverage. For a couple examples, you might wish to read my entries Journalism and Political Campaigns and Mass Media Responsibilty.
The press has been referred to as The Fourth Estate, in the role of shaping public perception in the wonderful and fascinating arena of politics, as the article explains in the embedded link. As far as I am concerned, the media-industrial complex of "The Press" should be in an estate sale because in my opinion "The Press" as I envision is dead and should be buried for its disservice and failure to the American public.

2 comments:

Tim Higgins said...

Roland,

The newspaper industry of today is a lot like the Norma Desmond character in "Sunset Blvd". Once a beauty and a power to be reckoned with, she is now merely an over-painted trollop with nothing but the memory of greatness. In a vain effort to seek past glories, she prostitutes herself to anyone who will listen.

It's funny and a little sad to watch, especially for those of us who still serve her.

Roland Hansen said...

Heck, ya hit the nail on the head, Tim.
It's really such a shame that a once dynamic important institution as the press has pretty much overall turned to the type of reporting as used in "The National Inquirer" and other scandal and rumor type sensationalizing rags.