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Offline mystery-ak

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« on: October 10, 2013, 03:19:31 PM »

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Offline Cincinnatus

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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2013, 03:32:27 PM »
That is indeed an interesting observation but I think the major factors which have crippled political reporting in this country was first Watergate and secondly the political biases present in our journalism schools. The former because the work of Woodward and Bernstein made a number of people think they could improve the world by becoming reporters. Not report on it, but improve it. Such people were already geared up to become missionaries of their idea of the good were then incubated in the Liberal viewpoint present in most schools of journalism. In addition, most of their role models in the media were Liberals (look no further than the major networks).

Most of the Conservatives and Libertarians I met in college came out of the sciences, engineering, and political science. I never met a Conservative journalism student and the student newspaper at my college was dominated by Libs.
 
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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2013, 03:47:33 PM »
That is indeed an interesting observation but I think the major factors which have crippled political reporting in this country was first Watergate and secondly the political biases present in our journalism schools. The former because the work of Woodward and Bernstein made a number of people think they could improve the world by becoming reporters. Not report on it, but improve it. Such people were already geared up to become missionaries of their idea of the good were then incubated in the Liberal viewpoint present in most schools of journalism. In addition, most of their role models in the media were Liberals (look no further than the major networks).

Most of the Conservatives and Libertarians I met in college came out of the sciences, engineering, and political science. I never met a Conservative journalism student and the student newspaper at my college was dominated by Libs.

One night, probably in 1880, John Swinton, then the preeminent New York journalist, was the guest of honour at a banquet given him by the leaders of his craft. Someone who knew neither the press nor Swinton offered a toast to the independent press. Swinton outraged his colleagues by replying:

"There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.
There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.

"The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread.
You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?
We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."


Source: Labor's Untold Story, by Richard O. Boyer and Herbert M. Morais, published by United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America, NY, 1955/1979.

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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2013, 05:24:50 PM »
Less than 20% of our reps in DC have served in the military.

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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2013, 08:08:26 PM »
Less than 20% of our reps in DC have served in the military.

Very few Americans have ever served in the military.  I'm not sure this is relevant to anything.
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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2013, 09:32:28 PM »
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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2013, 09:49:10 PM »
Service in the military is highly relevant to the development of skills necessary in a law abiding, civil society. 

Among them:  Discipline, Honorable Behavior, Respect, Personal Sacrifice-- as well as other qualities and values.

Qualities sorely lacking in much of Congress (and IMO the culture at large).


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