Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?

Orson Scott Card (Paleo-Democrat) on the media:

If you had any principles, then surely right now, when the American people are set to blame President Bush and John McCain for a crisis they tried to prevent, and are actually shifting to approve of Barack Obama because of a crisis he helped cause, you would be laboring at least as hard to correct that false impression.

Your job, as journalists, is to tell the truth.  That’s what you claim you do, when you accept people’s money to buy or subscribe to your paper.

But right now, you are consenting to or actively promoting a big fat lie — that the housing crisis should somehow be blamed on Bush, McCain, and the Republicans.  You have trained the American people to blame everything bad — even bad weather — on Bush, and they are responding as you have taught them to.

If you had any personal honor, each reporter and editor would be insisting on telling the truth — even if it hurts the election chances of your favorite candidate.

Because that’s what honorable people do.

If we could get Paleo-Dems like OSC and Lieberman and Zel Miller on board with the libertarian faction of the Republican Party, we could have a pretty good chance at a viable third party.  Then again, if the media did what it claimed it did, both parties would be a lot cleaner and more accountable, and we wouldn’t need a third party.

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