God forbid they call this “fetus” what it really is – a child. If an 8-month fetus survives a C-section, it’s called a baby. If it survives being removed by psychos, it’s still a fetus. If a child dies after birth, it’s called a dead baby. If it dies after a murder and amateur surgery, would it be called a dead fetus? How can Conner Peterson be called a murdered unborn child, but Jane Doe Stinnett was a fetus until found alive? Either it’s a baby or it isn’t. Make up your freakin’ minds!
I always find it fascinating how different news outlets cover the same story. As
an example, here are four stories, two from Reuters and two from AP. Notice the
distinct differences in tone and presentation.
Frail Pope Struggles Through Lourdes Mass (Reuters)
Pope Struggles Through Lourdes Sermon, Needs Water (Reuters)
Frail Pope Celebrates Mass at Lourdes (AP)
Pilgrims Crowd Field for Mass With Pope (AP)
In my experience, the two groups most acutely sensitive to criticism are cops and journalists. During the Giuliani years, fear of retribution was so great that some New Yorkers were hesitant to ask a cop for his or her badge number.
As for journalists, Bernard Goldberg’s book Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News (Regnery) has been attacked by, among others, Tom Shales (The Washington Post), Michael Kinsley (Slate), Tom Goldstein (outgoing dean, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism), and Eric Alterman (The Nation), as if Goldberg were a shabby turncoat and an incompetent journalist besides.
Moreover, one of Goldberg’s former colleagues at CBS News, Eric Engberg, has actually accused Goldberg of having committed “an act of treason.” And Eric Alterman has signed to write a book proving there is no liberal bias in the media.
The following articles present blogs as something more than a fad, more than leisure-time rambling. Blogs can be a powerful tool. They offer a chance to bypass traditional media.
I have often heard that professional journalism is unbiased. Bullfeathers. If you've never read a liberally-slanted newspaper, watched a conservative news report, or listened to reactionary radio, you've had your head in the sand. Yes, blogs are inherently biased, but so is professional journalism. The difference is that bloggers don't pretend to be unbiased. What you see is what you get. It's raw, unrefined, and honest as hell. Sure, there's a lot of B.S. floating around out there. Heck, look at some of the crap I post. 😉 We have a choice, though, whether or not to accept it. When traditional news media claim to be presenting the whole, unadulterated truth, we tend to feel obligated to believe it. We're told it's the truth and that we can trust them and their sources. Weblogs, on the other hand, offer no promises. Take it or leave it. Make your own opinions. Hear all sides of story. If you read enough biased reports of an event, eventually the truth filters out. It's there in every point of view once you get by imperfect memories, prejudice, and emotions.
Now it's time I step off my soap box for a moment and go find some news bloggers.
P.S. I'd be a hypocrite if I completely bashed traditional news outlets. Obviously, I link to such sites. However, I offer my own opinions on matters reported on those pages and I encourage my readership (Hello? Is there anybody out there?) to do the same.