America's Buddy-Buddy Campaign Press Corps

The presidential press corps seem to want to imitate leeches on the butts of subtropical hunters. Walter Brasch, an award-winning journalist and university professor, explains why.

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Our Complacent Press Corps

The other day I went to see "An Inconvenient Truth," which turned out to be surprisingly moving.  I was stunned when the form Veep discussed the disparity between the consensus of the academic community and its portrayal in the media.  In a sample of 10% of the published material on global warming in academic journals, there was no dissent whatsoever from the consensus that it was occurring, while a similar sample of the media had 53% offering dissenting accounts.

Today I logged on to Brad Delong's site and found this depressing post.  Add it to the shoddy reporting that went into the TNR-DailyKos dust up, and you really have a hard time avoiding the conclusion that the crisis of political discourse in our country has less to due with our elected officials and those that elect them, and a lot more to do those that cover them.  Why does it seem that professionals in this country--with the significant exception of the academic community (who could do a lot better job, btw, of conveying their views to a public that desparately needs them)--why have professionals become so lazy and indifferent to the consequences of their words and actions?

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