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    ‘This was once a serious country’ – amended

    ‘This was once a serious country’ – amended

    From an op-ed in The Washington Times by Wesley Pruden, Herman Cain and innuendos:

    This was once a serious country with serious newspapers, back in the day when they were edited by serious editors and a man had the right to confront an accuser before she was allowed to destroy his reputation, career and even his life.

    Herman Cain doesn’t look like Jack the Ripper, but Scotland Yard never pursued Mr. Ripper with the passion of the newspapers and television networks so hot after Mr. Cain. He may be guilty of whatever it is that he is accused of – so far little more than a wink, a predatory smile or even a suggestive smirk. Or he may not be guilty. But in the wonderland of Washington journalism, we demand the verdict first and only then the evidence (if any).

    Let me amend this argument, ‘There was once a serious conservative movement’:

    This There was once a serious country conservative movement with serious newspapers, back in the day when they were edited by serious editors and a man had the right to confront an accuser before she was allowed to destroy his reputation, career and even his life.

    Herman Cain doesn’t look like Jack the Ripper, but Scotland Yard never pursued Mr. Ripper with the passion of the newspapers and television networks conservative Twitterers and bloggers so hot after Mr. Cain because they support another candidate. He may be guilty of whatever it is that he is accused of – so far little more than a wink, a predatory smile or even a suggestive smirk. Or he may not be guilty. But in the wonderland of Washington journalism the conservative blogosphere, we now demand the verdict first and only then the evidence (if any).

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    thekatzemeow | November 4, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Thank you, Professor.

    i’d be happy if the journalists were wannabe Woodward-Bernsteins. There’d be some real investigative reporting going on.

    What we have now is not journalism – but defacto warring PR firms and operatives. It is disgusting.

    And for all for us with our Post-Watergate mentality, who had faith in the press as a watchdog, a protector, almost an extension of law enforcement – we have to realize they are anything but.

    It will change – because they are supporting the causes that are destroying their own (and everyone else’s) business. Killing industry brings declining ad revenue, and their publications will cease to exist. Maybe then, something great will rise from the ashes.

      I agree with Rose, except they dream to become the famous “talking heads” without actually going through the drudgery of imitating Woodward-Bernsteins. They imagine themselves a younger, more loquacious Dan or Danielle Rather. And in fact they are similar to Rather, but don’t know it. Empty heads, empty hears, and empty character but tons of assumptions.


     
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    Cassandra Lite | November 4, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Rose,

    The wannabe Woodward-Bersteins believe that the lesson of Watergate was to bring down Republicans. They believe that Democrats’ hearts are in the right place, so any wrongdoing is excusable. J-school students are a self-select group with a bias that’s only sharpened by professors who believe the same.

    This is mostly right. The real lesson of Watergate — the lasting damage it did — was that it turned the ethic of journalism from reporting history to making history.

    The fact that the press have become increasingly left-leaning since then is a somewhat separate issue.

    But Watergate was one the most seminal events in the on-going destruction of our society.


     
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    Milwaukee | November 4, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    The problem is that conservatives are too nice. Members of the “Combine”, the establishment Republicans, are about as nice as their Democratic-Progressive-Socialist counterparts. Which means their not. Barbara Bush was willing to trash Sarah Palin. I’m suspicious of how seriously conservative Perry is, and there isn’t a major Democratic policy position that Romney hasn’t at some time endorsed. At some point in time the difference between conservative and Republican will need to be sorted out. The best hope for conservatives might be to get 0bama out and get as many true conservatives as possible into the House and Senate.


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