Many years ago I remember hearing Rush Limbaugh lament that many journalism instructors at major colleges are telling students the field of journalism is the ‘place to make a difference’ in the world.
He was theorizing that maybe the reason we see so much journalistic bias, so little true investigative journalism, is that this generation is more interested in making the news than reporting it.
Here we are a decade later and the effects of this abdication of responsibility of the Fourth Estate are abundantly clear. America was bamboozled into electing Barack Obama based on his campaign promises journalists should have known were untrue and impossible to fulfill.
The information was available. The history of Obama’s flip flops, misinformation, misdirection, and obfuscation was on the record if anyone wanted to do the research. The facts about the lack of experience, not only surrounding Obama, but virtually his entire staff of consultants and sycophants, were easily correlated.
Today’s Media seems to be suffering from a personality identification disorder: Are we here to change the world, report the world, or make money?
One thing is for sure, the American people disserved better than what we are getting.
As we witness the near collapse of the newspaper industry, the tumult in our foreign affairs, the destruction of the United States ability to lead the world, the complete failure of our leadership to accomplish, well….anything worthwhile, and the loss of trust in most traditional media, we are starting to see some in the business of journalism pleading for a return to ‘altruistic journalism.’
Why now? Because it is good for business.