Missing The Point

Here’s Howie Kurtz today in the WaPo, gloriously missing the point regarding the recent “expose” on the political contributions of journalists:

Some of these folks remain in denial. When you become a journalist, you give up the right to back political candidates or parties with your checkbook. And in this age of federal disclosures, it always comes out.

The news outlets that don’t ban donations seem to regard them as a matter of personal preference, like joining the PTA. But they seriously underestimate the public distrust of journalists, which is only fueled by such practices. Those who work for opinion magazines or are employed as commentators have a stronger case that their views are no secret. But there is still an important distinction between rhetorically supporting a candidate and helping bankroll one.

Um, Howie, how is “public distrust of journalists” enhanced by all the newspaper and television employees who do keep their views a secret, or (more accurately) put on a phony pretense of not having any views? That’s not honesty, that’s obfuscation. I have a lot more trust in people who have enough integrity to be up-front with their views than I do in people who try to convince me that they’re perfectly objective higher beings.

Don’t be a fraud, and don’t apologize for what you think. Just be honest enough to disclose.

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2 Responses to “Missing The Point”

  1. bj Says:

    They’re just democrats in their spare time…

  2. mike Says:

    I like to think that I’m capable of being objective. I really am a relatively fair guy … I think you’d agree if we ever met. But then sometimes I find myself granting the benefit of the doubt. If Fred Thompson were to say something reasonable, my first instinct is nod and say “hey, that’s reasonable.” If Clinton said the same thing, I’d throw my notebook down and say “B@LL#$%!”

    What can I say, I’m human.

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