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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Good News: 66% of Americans "Angry" at Media

By Rick Pearcey • June 15, 2010, 02:10 PM

"That 66 percent includes 33 percent who are 'very angry' at the media, according to pollster Rasmussen," writes Mark Hemingway at Beltway Confidential.

"It’s important to note, however, that the question did not in any way define media or differentiate between media outlets such as CNN and Fox News," according to Rasmussen Reports.

This anger appears to be a healthy anger, insofar as it represents a rejection of a media that are now formerly mainstream -- that is, they no longer operate philosophically or pragmatically along lines consistent with either the founding and defining mainstream of the American experiment (see the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, etc.) or the enduring mainstream of objective journalism (where objective facts and rational analysis trump political or group passions).

A people engergized by the enduring and God-given "blessings of liberty" will, and should, demand a journalism that "tests everything" (including things scientific, political, ethical, theological, and philosophical) not on the basis of political attitudes but on the basis of objective fact and reasoned analysis. 

What to look for is this: Extremist, out-of-the-mainstream forces of liberalism will try to "save" the old and dying formerly mainstream journalism by subjecting it to Washington-centric financing (our tax dollars) and control (at the expense of our freedom). Collaborationists will accept this; true journalists will not.

But also look for a return to a humane journalism of "testing everything," of embracing a healthy skepticism that respects facts instead of propagandizing them. Human beings created in the image of God need and desire accurate information about God, man, the cosmos, and how to live in a dangerous and broken world.

Americans are witnessing daily the on-going collapse of the empire of the formerly mainstream media. Let it die. Indeed, let the "dead bury the dead" (to borrow from information given in Matthew 8:22). 

But also let the door open ever-wider for a mainstream journalism of resistance rooted in truth. Anyone can participate. But you have to accept the facts of life.