Spoiled Brat Media

Posted: February 16, 2006 in Media

Thomas Sowell expresses his disdain and disgust for the press.  These guys are typical of the type of graduates we are getting from our Universities; they all expect to be instant Edward R. Murrows, without having paid their dues. White House Press conferences have been reduced to shouting matches and ‘gotcha’ questions….and the newspapers cannot figure out why their subscriptions are in a nose dive. I have read our local newspaper, the Minneapolis Star Tribune (called “the Red Star” by many here) has all sorts of reasons, including demographics and rising costs, but people are simply disgusted with the press.

The first revolt of the American colonists against their British rulers was immortalized by Ralph Waldo Emerson as “the shot heard round the world.” Vice President Dick Cheney’s hunting accident has now become the shot heard round the Beltway. 

 The accidental shooting of Harry Whittington, while he was on a hunting trip with Dick Cheney, has nothing to do with government policy or the Vice President’s official duties but the mainstream media have gone ballistic over it nevertheless.

 They are also angry that the news was not given to them more quickly, which prevented it from becoming the feeding frenzy of the Sunday television talk shows. Whether this delay was deliberate or otherwise, it is being called a “cover-up” in the media, as if there were some crime to cover up.

 NBC White House correspondent David Gregory was shouting at White House press secretary Scott McClellan, as if Mr. Gregory’s Constitutional rights were being violated. It was a classic example of a special interest demanding special privileges — as if they were rights.

 There is nothing in the Constitution or the laws that says that the media have a right to be in the White House at all, much less to have press conferences.

 This has become a customary courtesy over the years, but courtesy is a two-way street, except for those in the media who act like spoiled brats, as if they have some inherent right to whatever serves their institutional, career, or ideological purposes.

 The media love to wrap themselves in the mantle of “the public’s right to know” but there is no such dedication to that right when it goes against the journalists’ own prejudices.

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