In response to yesterday’s post, one regular Pileus readers (Shaun ) responded:
All the more reason for news outlets to be strengthening their investigative wings, as oppossed to slashing them.
It is good to see that the media is thinking along the same lines. As Glenn Greenwald (the Guardian) notes, MSNBC has recently hired two new people to shore up its team: Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and former White House senior advisor David Axelrod. As Greenwald notes:
Impressively, David Axelrod left the White House and actually managed to find the only place on earth arguably more devoted to Barack Obama. Finally, American citizens will now be able to hear what journalism has for too long so vindictively denied them: a vibrant debate between Gibbs and Axelrod on how great Obama really is.
The same problems can be found at Fox, as many readers will correctly note. Greenwald’s piece clearly recognizes this.
MSNBC is far from aberrational. The overriding attribute defining the relationship of the US media to those in power is servitude
Bottom line for Greenwald:
But whatever one wants to call this, “journalism” is the wrong label. Even ideologically-friendly media outlets which claim that mantle should be devoted to accountability and treating those who wield power adversarially, not flattering the preexisting beliefs of their audience and relentlessly glorifying political leaders. Presidents have actual press secretaries and Party spokespeople for that.