Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Snowden coverage: If U.S. media were state-controlled, how much different would it look?

My June 2013 piece on some of the mainstream media reaction to Snowden and his revelations about NSA collecting bulk surveillance on millions of people not suspected of any crime. NY Times journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin commented: "I'd arrest him [Snowden] and I'd almost arrest Glenn Greenwald." Meet the Press host David Gregory asked Greenwald, "Why shouldn't you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?" (start 1:30)

Snowden on how Thomas Drake retaliation influenced him. 
At 2007 Radio-Television Correspondents Association Dinner, top journalists (including then-NBC White House correspondent David Gregory) were literally dancing with a top source, the controversial Bush aide Karl Rove. These are social/charitable events where journalists and news-makers are expected to have some fun, but is it symbolic of too much elite media/government coziness? 

On the issue of "objective" vs "advocacy" journalism, here's a list of top works of journalism worth studying.

Here's an (unwitting perhaps) expose of journalistic/political corruption in D.C.

(H/t Sophia T): According to The American Press Institute, the original concept of objectivity in journalism requires “a transparent approach to evidence” so that “biases would not undermine the accuracy of their work” but it was never “meant to imply that journalists were free of bias.”

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