The Myth of Objective Journalism

By Jack Hunter

 

The Obama administration's decision to treat Fox News as a political opponent rather than a viable news outlet has angered many conservatives. Not I. Fox News is not and never has been "objective journalism." But neither is MSNBC, CNN, or every other corporate outlet that disseminates politically-biased disinformation.

 

It's no secret that Obama and Fox have long been "ready to rumble," so why not finally remove the blinders and the gloves so that Fox can get to their business, unfettered, of beating this administration into a bloody pulp?

 

Which is exactly what MSNBC, CNN, and every other liberal news outlet should have done to the last president. For all the bad press conservatives complained about Bush getting from the liberal media, where in the hell was any hard-nosed journalism leading up to the invasion of Iraq, when a more thorough investigation into the administration's allegations about WMDs and Saddam Hussein's alleged ties to Osama Bin Laden could have swayed public opinion, maybe preventing a costly and unnecessary war?

 

When former Bush White House press secretary Scott McClellan expressed regret in his recent book that the media had been too easy on the administration in the lead-up to the Iraq war, CNN correspondent Jessica Yellin explained her colleagues' failures, saying that the "press corps was under enormous pressure from corporate executives, frankly, to make sure that this was a war that was presented in a way that was consistent with the patriotic fever in the nation and the president's high approval ratings." Favoring ratings over objective journalism? Who would do such a horrible thing?