Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.


Laura Bush calls it like she sees it

From Editor and Publisher magazine:

WASHINGTON (AP) First lady Laura Bush thinks the news media is increasingly filled with opinions instead of facts, and suggested Tuesday that journalists are contributing to the polarization of the country.
"I think there are a lot of reasons to be critical of the media in America," she said in an interview Tuesday with Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor.""I think that a lot of times the media sensationalize or magnify things that aren't -- that really shouldn't be," she said.
"I do think there's a big move away from actual reporting, trying to report facts," the first lady said. "It's in newspapers and everything you read -- that a lot more is opinion."
When her interviewer suggested that journalists were out of sync with most of the country, she said with a laugh: "You just gave me a really great idea. Maybe it is the media that has us divided.
"President Bush's mother had famously bitter relations with the news media during his father's term in office.
After the 1992 election, as Barbara Bush gave Hillary Rodham Clinton a tour of the White House she pointed to nearby reporters and told her successor: "Avoid this crowd like the plague."

I am a member of the media, but I can't argue with her. I get so frustrated when I read stories in the newspaper and online. The selection of verbs, the way groups are referred to ... it is apparent the slant the reporter has toward the topic. I see it all the time and it embarrasses the hell out of me because I'm lumped in with this group. I know, I know ... I've bitched about this before. I just can't help it. The media's role is to be a watchdog - almost serve as a check and balance in our government system and it burns me up to see the media interjecting their opinions in everything. If you are going to do that, call it analysis or opinion, don't try to sneak it in as news. Sort of like Farenheit 9/11. No way, no how is that a documentary. Call it what it is: one man's opinion on something. Don't portray this to be a documentary. If it were a documentary, it would show BOTH sides to the issue and not be one-sided. If something like this had been done on the other side of the issue, do you REALLY think it would be played up to be the great documentary that all the media is purporting it to be? No. They would be ranting and raving about how this man created this one-sided movie and tried to pass it off as a documentary. Grr.

Army of Dad found this today and it cracked me up. I would love to see Ridge say this to the media.

Discuss amongst yourselves. I'm all verklempt.


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