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Get ready for the shock of your life—Did you know there is actually a “Journalist’s Canon of Ethics”? (attached at end of article) It was actually composed in 1922 and apparently used to be quite influential to beat writers of yore. Of course, today we realize that after memorizing Marx’s Communist Manifesto, there is precious little room left in the typical reporter’s hard-drive for any other interest.
It is consequently fascinating that the New York Times has a separate area on its website breathlessly discussing journalist ethics! If one didn’t know better, you’d think the writers at the Grey Lady actually gave a rat’s hindquarter what was in the reporter’s Canon of Ethics !!
Of course, this couldn’t be further from reality. The import of this truth was recently illustrated when former editor Bill Keller admitted that 90% of his staff are doctrinaire, Palin-hating liberals. Unfortunately, this is true across the journalistic world and it has utterly crippled the mainstream media from doing a fair job. As a wise man once said, one cannot serve two masters—that of Liberalism, versus utter commitment to truth-telling. This conflict is the topic of this essay.
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