Im about halfway through Anthony De Palma’s “The Man Who Invented Fidel: Castro, Cuba, and Herbert L. Matthews of The New York Times” and to be honest am finding it incredibly difficult to read through without my blood pressure rising in anger.
We criticize the media a lot here, and with good reason as journalism is rife, infested even, with so called journalists and reporters who use their positions as bully pulpits to expound on, and, in some cases further, their ideological beliefs with no regard to balance, truth or integrity. Walter Durante did it with Stalin during his reign. Herbert Mathews all but handed fidel castro Cuba. Both men received Pulitzers for what can only be considered monumental displays of hubris and unabashed acts of bias. Dan Rather got caught with his whole arm in the cookie jar and elections today are more about public opinion – as formulaled and shaped through the MSM – than they are about issues.
Unfortunately, it appears as history is indeed repeating itself in the case of Venezuela, where not only are domestic journalists influenced, but where foreign “correspondents” are going the way of Durante and Mathews, painting their stories with their own ideological brushes. Today’s journalists have this flawed view of themselves and their profession, believing that through their work they can “Do some good.” But their job is not to do good, but simply to report the facts. A notion that seems alien in today’s journalism education.
Alek Boyd of Vrisis, sitting in and among these altruistic “journalists” and “correspondents” covering Venzuelan elections, has published an open letter to foreign journalists covering Venezuela. I truly believe that were these journalists able to see past their arrogance, they might understand just how much it behooves them to read Alek’s words.
I doubt they will, though. And that’s a shame, as it will just go to prove how true the following joke really is:
How does a Journalist commit suicide?
He jumps off his ego.
Update: Michelle Malkin has a great post on what journalists should be thankful for.