Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Rutenberg: Suspending Journalism's Fiduciary Standards

Jim Rutenberg, Mediator, The New York Times

MEDIA CREDIT: The New York Times

'Oppositional' Journalism

Politically oppositional. Unmasked. Intentional and open political opposition to a candidate nominated by process to compete in a national election for the honor of representing all Americans by serving a specific term in the highest political office created by the founders of the United States.

Is this a constitutionally appropriate posture for mainstream and lesser organs of American journalism? Legal adjudication of this question is above this blogger's creditials. Recommendation: citizens beware.

Let's read how Jim Rutenberger of The New York Times newspaper was feeling about this 'oppositional' standard (reality) in American journalism in an article published on August 7, 2016:

(Excerpt) "...Because if you believe all of those things, you have to throw out the textbook American journalism has been using for the better part of the past half-century, if not longer, and approach it in a way you’ve never approached anything in your career. If you view a Trump presidency as something that’s potentially dangerous [to the status quo of mainstream media?], then your reporting is going to reflect that. You would move closer than you’ve ever been to being oppositional. That’s uncomfortable and uncharted territory for every mainstream, nonopinion journalist I’ve ever known, and by normal standards, untenable.

But the question that everyone is grappling with is: Do normal standards apply? And if they don’t, what should take their place?"

Source: "Trump is Testing the Norms...", The New York Times, 8.7.2016

On Topic:
Has political correctness become normal in polite society -- or dangerous political opposition tool?


GIVE ME A MOMENT a lifestyle
Subscribe FREE (see: upper right column) for new posts. Reader-referred topics are welcomed and considered. Comments here are disabled. Readers may contact the blogger by email: givemeamomentblog@gmail.com

Post No. 253