Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Journalism in the U.S.A.

It was initially the picture that drew me to this post on godis4suckers which in turn links to this Salon article about the state of journalism in America. Guess what? Its not good news. On the other hand it's not surprising either so I suppose if it where good news you wouldn't believe it.

In one of the ultimate paradoxes, for American journalists -- whose role in theory is to expose the secrets of the powerful -- secrecy is actually their central religious tenet, especially when it comes to dealing with the most powerful. Protecting, rather than exposing, the secrets of the powerful is the fuel of American journalism. That's how they maintain their access to and good relations with those in power.
It seems to me that this is also how journalism works in Ireland. See the HSEs' criminal response to newstalk106 airing criticism of their disastrous policies.