Today’s paragraphs come to us from Lara Logan, former journalist (I say “former” because her recent honesty about the state of journalism is almost certain to marginalize, maybe completely end, her mainstream media career).
After committing the unforgivable sin of saying, on a podcast, what more and more of the public already know – that “journalism” today is all too often liberal/left activism – Ms. Logan has compounded that sin by writing a commentary about it for the New York Post.
Here are what I consider its key paragraphs:
Journalists are not activists. We may share the passion for a particular cause, but our job is to follow the facts wherever they may lead. We can’t ignore something that reflects badly on a noble cause, as an activist might. We have to care about the means as much as the end because our duty is to search for the whole truth.
Nor are we lawyers in a court of law, cherry-picking facts to prove our case. Fortunately, there is only one truth. How we feel about it, how we perceive it, those things are subjective but the truth itself is not.
Above all, we are not propagandists or political operatives. That is not our job.
I have profound respect for my colleagues and for what we as journalists are at our best. Today, as a whole, we are not at our best. Just ask people in towns and cities across this country, as I do. Everywhere I go, people tell me they have lost faith in journalism. It comes from all people, all walks of life and all political stripes.
Frankly, I don’t blame them. Responsibility for this begins with us.
It is a fact that the vast majority of journalists in this country are registered Democrats. The colleges we come from are similarly dominated by one political ideology. This matters today because the reporting has become so one-sided. As we try to figure out why people have lost faith in our profession, let’s start by being honest about who we are.
Does that ring true? Does it make sense to you? Does this take on media bias reflect what you perceive about today’s version of “journalism?
My only disagreement with Ms. Logan is her contention that journalism has become dominated by Democrats. In fact, journalism has become dominated by leftist Democrats. There is – or at least used to be – a big difference between the two. And, even though it seems to be shrinking daily, I like to think that difference still exists.
In any event, Lara Logan wins Paragraphs Of The Day honors for standing firm and, from the inside as a veteran journalist, talking so candidly about how far from objectivity her probably-former profession has strayed.