Reds in the newsroom! nothing new about that really…

August 21, 2006 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

The statement of the National security adviser Norberto Gonzales that that says there are some in red and shades of pink in the newsrooms of this country is not new. Anyone who has ever worked in one or attended a story-conference hears, sees, and, feels this.

BUT also – there are rightists, extremists, sexists, moralists, im-moralists, ultra-nationalists, xenophobes, internationalists, religious, atheist, also the pro-and anti-establishment, well the whole motley crew of ideas in the marketplaces of ideology.

More so – not only in this country but all over the world.

Try sitting on a editorial board in any Ivy League college in the USA and you would think you were back in time to 1930’s PRAVDA in some places in others like on the set of Citizen Kane! Journalism – is a reflection after-all of society – and this industry has elements from all sides present. It is through this people get a better picture.

It is up to the reader, viewer, browser to decide as end user if what is reported is biased or truthful.

But as to the presence of those seeking to use media for their own battles of the hearts and minds – YES… from all sides they are there too. As with the old saying of ‘buyer beware’ – viewers and readers be aware too.

The NUJP, in a statement addresses the NSA’s statement, more clearly as a group.

Communists have infiltrated media, says Gonzales

INQ7.net, Philippines – But while the government has identified media men who are members of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), they would not be placed under surveillance

But in retrospect an old saying by Winston Churchill perhaps says it best as to this mindset in media.

” Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.” – Winston Churchill

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