Thursday, November 1, 2012

What? No Frenzy?

Ever fair Jonah Goldberg tries to understand the mainstream media's lack of aggressive reporting about the undeniable blockbuster story that has become Benghazi-gate.
If you want to understand why conservatives have lost faith in the so-called mainstream media, you need to ponder the question: Where is the Benghazi feeding frenzy? 
Unlike some of my colleagues on the right, I don’t think there’s a conspiracy at work. Rather, I think journalists tend to act on their instincts (some even brag about this; you could look it up).  And, collectively, the mainstream media’s instincts run liberal, making groupthink inevitable.
(Feeding frenzy?  Heck, I'd take a passing interest from them.)

I think Jonah's about half right.

Ignoring these sorts of stories, i.e., stories that are harmful to the Left or helpful to the Right, does not begin as a conspiracy, but just your garden variety liberal bias.  But once liberal elite media editors and journalists are scooped by the likes of FOX News (the horror!), and worse, are then called for their poor journalism, there's a tendency on their part to dig their heels in.  "Don't tell us what is and and isn't news, we'll decide that."  That is, what begins as innocent enough (though still troubling) liberal bias, ends far too often as unprofessional ego assertion and ego protection.

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