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Friday, September 25, 2009

Anti-Palin Media, Hong Kong, and the Decline of Journalism

By Rick Pearcey • September 25, 2009, 09:46 AM

John Ziegler writes at Big Hollywood:

You would think at this point it would be impossible for anyone (especially me) to be stunned or outraged by anything the news media tries to pull when it comes to Sarah Palin.

After all, once you have been exposed to a year-long brutal beating, one tends to become numb to a simple low blow.

However, the news coverage of her Hong Kong speech still managed to spark the senses on several levels. . . . 

Let me suggest two strategic points to keep in mind regarding "mainstream journalism" today:

1) It is "far outside" and "even against" the American mainstream (see "Mainstream" Press & the Treason of the Journalists)

2) It is out of touch with the journalist's calling to "test everything" (see Question the Collaborationist Media)

The point is not simply to gravitate to a "conservative" media that loses objectivity and begins singing the praises of Palin -- as if she were the president, and reporters were kids in school.

Rather, the point is to refuse the decline of media, to demand news coverage that is rooted in a passionate search for truth that can be considered and discussed on the basis of facts and evidence available to any person, regardless of one's political passions. 

Here from Palin's page on Facebook is an extended excerpt of the Hong Kong speech.

Palin Speaks in Asia: The Challenge for "Common-Sense Conservatism"
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