Saturday, April 19, 2008

Has U.S. Journalism Really Sunk this Low?

Yet another debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama took place this week, as part of the lead-up to the Pennsylvania primary. It was nauseous. Not the candidates, they were their usual polite and dignified selves. No, it was the journalists who stunk. They seemed obsessed with playing the "gotcha" game, asking about gaffes made by the candidates, their ministers, their spouses, and on and on ad nauseam.

The low point was a question to Obama about why he did not wear an American flag lapel pin. If this is the best the US can do for journalists, we are really in big trouble. Perhaps the blame should be focused on ABC News, which supplied the questioners. It seems ABC is trying to outdo FOX for the title of the most despicable news network around.

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