The Press, AKA the Media, are supposed to be the watchdogs of the people. Their job is to tell us the facts so that we may better form our opinions and know what is going on in the country. Somewhere along the way the “job” seems to have been co-opted by the needs of many in the media to give us their opinion. Often presented as fact.

 I have no problem with Opinion Commentary as long as it’s labeled as such. It is a problem, even as opinion, if it’s filled with disinformation. Even an opinion writer should adhere to some ethical standards.  

Many opinion writers resemble circus dogs, entertaining perhaps, even talented, but taken seriously? I think not.

 I take a pass on watching  most opinion programs. Which means I don’t watch any of the news programs on NBC, CBS or ABC. They quit reporting and began opinionating quite some time ago. It’s gotten worse since they developed their crush on Barack Obama. It passed disgusting and entered nauseating in 2008 and hasn’t improved. Had they any character they would be ashamed. They don’t and so they aren’t.

 I don’t watch CNN, MSNBC and most of FOX. These cable channels are so mired in their own ideology they wouldn’t know how to “report” even if it occurred to them to do so. I watch Special Report on FOX and Brett Baier is one of the few for whom I have some respect.

 The scandal about the Journolist Journalists didn’t resonate with many citizens. Most problably have never heard about it. Not surprising  since those who were guilty of this egregious crime against all journalist standards were/are, for the most part, the ones who should have reported the story to the people. File that one under “F” for fat chance.

I grew up listening to the likes of Walter Cronkite, Huntley-Brinkley Report and Edward R. Murrow. I think my father thought Murrow could walk on water. Many vets felt that way.

Watching the White House Press Corps before it became the Press Corpse was often exciting. Sam Donaldson took no prisoners. Wonder what he thinks of the current bunch.

Did I know that Sam Donaldson was a liberal? I suspected that he was. Still he managed, most of the time, to be a reporter, not a cheerleader. The idea of Sam Donaldson or any of his contemporaries saying that any candidate gave them a “tingle” up their leg is too funny to imagine.

 As a political reporter questioning public officials, I say only half facetiously that the only way to avoid being seen as a partisan is to be equally vicious to everyone.”  ~Sam Donaldson

 I grew up listening to the Huntley-Brinkley Report because that was what my parents watched every night. I don’t think it ever occurred to my family that these men were not fair and accurate. We trusted the media, perhaps too much, in those days. Of course in those days NBC still had some credibility. As “editgate” has shown that is no longer true.

I used to believe  the government was the answer to all our problems. But the . . . government, I’ve concluded, is now an insufferable jungle of self-serving bureaucrats.” ~Chet Huntly

  I began watching Walter Cronkite in 1962 when he became anchor of the CBS Evening News. He was called the most trusted man in America. When he said “that’s the way it is,” we believed that was the way it was.I was far more trusting and naive in those days.   I  still believe that Cronkite was an honest journalist.

The point of all this wandering back to the “good old days” when we could trust our media to go the “who, what, when, where and why route is that those days are gone. We are poorer as a people and a nation because of it.

I don’t usually long for the “good old days.” There are darn few things for which I am nostalgic. Responsible Journatism is one.

 Is the media still guilty of a slobbering love affair with Barack Obama? Absolutely. That should disgust the left as much as the right. A slobbering love affair is for teenagers not adults. Certainly not adults tasked with informing the public.

 Once the media become lap-dogs we all lost. They lose all credibility to people who actually want facts.  Then where do you go? Who do you turn to for the truth? What is the truth?  It’s no way to run a media. It’s no way to run a country.

Without our “watchdogs” our freedom is always in danger. We often can’t “know” unless they tell us. If they are so busy playing lapdog that they won’t educate the public lest it tarnish their chosen one’s image they certainly don’t belong in the “news” industry.

I know the difference between entertainment and news. Somehow I wonder if a generation that is growing up with this media will.

There is no more important struggle for American democracy than ensuring a diverse, independent and free media. Free Press is at the heart of that struggle.”  ~ Bill Moyers

I suspect there was a time when Bill Moyers believed that. If you watch his bias now you might find it hard to believe. How sad that a man who once knew and believed in an unbiased press has allowed his own ideology to taint his legacy.