Okay, not quite, but he’s bringing up crucial questions at a time when the Religion of Journalism is taking hits from the left and right.
Here’s a big one:
- “In your view, what sort of bias should the American press have, given where it finds itself today?”
Whoa. That’s something I’ve been wondering about, myself. Personally, I tend to see more conservative bias than liberal bias in the big media today. No wait, that’s not accurate. Here’s what I see: bias in American media does not run strictly Left and Right; media bias is either pro-establishment or anti-establishment, regardless of who sleeps in the White House.
I prefer an anti-establishment bias.
This is where the heresy comes into play. The Religion of Journalism (don’t worry, Profs, I won’t start using that phrase in class…yet.) states that there is no bias.
Check out Rosen’s discussion of how CNN correspondent Bob Franken described himself: “When I’m Reporting, I am a Citizen of the World.”
Ask yourself this: As a journalist, do you get to decide who or what you represent? Or by taking on that role are you obliged to accept all the international that comes with it. Was Bob Franken an “American Journalist working in Iraq”? or a “Citizen of the World”? The harder question (which Jay asks and answers): What was Danny Pearl?