Vindication!

1 comment May 29th, 2008at 08:37pm Posted by Eli

For over three years, I have been saying that the media isn’t pro-Republican because of incompetence or right-wing intimidation or even a mindless quest for ratings, but because it’s what their corporate ownership wants. Well, Jessica Yellin just confirmed it on Anderson Cooper 360:

COOPER: Jessica, [former White House press secretary Scott] McClellan took press to task for not upholding their reputation. He writes: “The national press corps was probably too deferential to the White House and to the administration in regard to the most important decision facing the nation during my years in Washington, the choice over whether to go to war in Iraq. The ‘liberal media’ — in quotes — didn’t live up to its reputation. If it had, the country would have been better served.”

Dan Bartlett, former Bush adviser, called the allegation “total crap.”

What is your take? Did the press corps drop the ball?

JESSICA YELLIN, CNN CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT: I wouldn’t go that far.

I think the press corps dropped the ball at the beginning. When the lead-up to the war began, the press corps was under enormous pressure from corporate executives, frankly, to make sure that this was a war that was presented in a way that was consistent with the patriotic fever in the nation and the president’s high approval ratings.

And my own experience at the White House was that, the higher the president’s approval ratings, the more pressure I had from news executives — and I was not at this network at the time — but the more pressure I had from news executives to put on positive stories about the president.

(…)

COOPER: You had pressure from news executives to put on positive stories about the president?

YELLIN: Not in that exact — they wouldn’t say it in that way, but they would edit my pieces. They would push me in different directions. They would turn down stories that were more critical and try to put on pieces that were more positive, yes. That was my experience.

There you have it.  It’s not bad or lazy or timid reporting; the editorial direction is actually coming from corporate and news executives who are actively promoting a pro-Republican bias.  The good news is that stories like McClellan’s and Yellin’s are seeping out, on top of the propaganda generals and Tim Russert’s role as a safe haven for White House talking points.

All of this erodes the corporate media’s credibility as objective, much less liberal, news sources – which will hopefully lead to more and more people seeking out alternatives.  We’ll be here, waiting.

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