What is “Good news?”

From Hot Air. Here’s the video:

I find it absolutely amazing, starting with the answer from Robin Wright. For the past 5 years, we’ve been inundated with soldier death counts and civilian death counts in Iraq. Some of those stories have been true– others, less so. But I think that the number itself has been reasonably reported. For 5 years.

And now that there’s a decline, Robin thinks it shouldn’t be reported because the numbers might not be totally accurate. Get that? They’re good enough to print when they’re bad news, but if they’re good news, they have to be vetted.

On the other hand, you’ve got the CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr who’s unwilling to publish the information because she doesn’t know if it’s a trend or not. Got that? It’s a trend only if it fits the perceived trend of those reporting the news. Notice that’s happening here– the news is being edited for content by those reporting it. In other words, the Fourth Estate is out there reporting what they want us to see, not what is actually going on. Doesn’t this violate every ethical standard of journalism?

If I go to Wikipedia (trusted information source!), and look up “ethics journalism”, I get a page on the Journalism ethics and standards. And featured prominently is Objectivity:

Interference with reporting by any entity, including censorship, must be disclosed

So how about if the reporter interferes with their own reporting? What’s that?


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