Monday, November 15, 2010

MSNBC and Fox are to Journalism What Madoff was to Investment

Ted Koppel wrote an op-ed on the demise of journalism:
And so, among the many benefits we have come to believe the founding fathers intended for us, the latest is news we can choose. Beginning, perhaps, from the reasonable perspective that absolute objectivity is unattainable, Fox News and MSNBC no longer even attempt it. They show us the world not as it is, but as partisans (and loyal viewers) at either end of the political spectrum would like it to be. This is to journalism what Bernie Madoff was to investment: He told his customers what they wanted to hear, and by the time they learned the truth, their money was gone.
What we really need in our search for truth is a commodity that used to be at the heart of good journalism: facts - along with a willingness to present those facts without fear or favor.Read it all at WaPo
Koppel gets O'Reilly's goat and Olbermann's. I can't believe these guys actually believe their schtick.