Activism … The co-editor-in-chief of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School newspaper told CNN media critic/cheerleader Brian Stelter that “journalism is a form of activism” on his cable program Sunday. It was met with no pushback from Stelter. The student then told Stelter that “journalism has made this entire thing [March for Our Lives] possible.” You can watch the exchange here. Hotline’s Josh Kraushaar has it right in his response: “It’s this mentality that’s killing trust in our profession.” Exactly.
This journalist agrees … Tweeting in response to Kraushaar, Matt Pearce, the national correspondent for the LA Times, agreed with the student from MSD. Pearce tweeted:
Journalism *is* activism in its most basic form. The entire basis for its ethical practice is the idea that a democracy requires an informed citizenry in order to function. Choosing what you want people to know is a form of activism, even if it’s not the march-and-protest kind.
Now that’s an admission. Pearce admits that he believes a journalist’s role is to choose what he or she wants people to know: Selective facts to push an agenda. Which is exactly what conservatives have been accusing the media of for years.
Case in point … Here’s video of NBC’s Chuck Todd equating the march on Saturday to civil rights marches, abortion rights marches, tea party, and the Million Man March. Notice how he conveniently leaves out the yearly March for Life.
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Principal happy … After watching the “60 Minutes” interview with Stormy Daniels last night, what’s the first thing that popped into your mind? I’m guessing it wasn’t “I wonder what the 39-year-old’s high school principal thought of the interview.” If it was, then New York Times reporter Matt Flegenheimer is your man. The reporter tweeted that he heard from said principal and that the principal thought Stormy “handled herself well” and added, “Please tell her Principal Williams gives his regards.” Is this really news?
Pushing propaganda … In a recent segment of “Hardball,” NBC’s Heidi Przybla citied a report by the “Moscow Project” that claims Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee “overlooked 81 percent of the known contacts between Trump officials and the Russians.” Not so fast. The Washington Examiner’s Byron York took a look at the claim and where it came from.
You see, the “Moscow Project” is actually part of the Center for American Progress, founded by Clinton confidant John Podesta. Isn’t that a vital piece of information that MSNBC should have told its viewers during the program?
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