Bashing of US military by MSM continues...
Junk Yard Blog has the goods on another high profile mainstream media member trashing the US military.
Linda Foley is the International President of the Newspaper Guild and is also president of Communications Workers of America, the nation's largest broadcast and journalism workers union. Take it away Ms. Foley,
Journalists, by the way, are not just being targeted verbally or …ah, or… ah, politically. They are also being targeted for real, um…in places like Iraq. What outrages me as a representative of journalists is that there's not more outrage about the number, and the brutality, and the cavalier nature of the U.S. military toward the killing of journalists in Iraq. They target and kill journalists…uh, from other countries, particularly Arab countries like Al -, like Arab news services like Al-Jazeera, for example. They actually target them and blow up their studios with impunity…
Bryan Preston at Junk Yard Blog says,
So like Eason Jordan, Foley made a completely unsubstantiated and outrageous claim that the US military is targeting journalists in Iraq for murder. Unlike Eason Jordan, there is a tape. She said what's written above. I saw the tape and heard her words. There is no doubt what she said, and there is no doubt that she offered up nothing in the way of evidence to substantiate her claim.
For our previous coverage of Eason Jordan, click here.
Is it any wonder that your Average Joe thinks the mainstream media is doing a lousy job? Few industries outside of Hollywood and maybe professional sports have a greater sense of self worth than MSM journalists.
Survey: Press, public not on the same page
By Mark Jurkowitz, Boston Globe
A University of Connecticut survey released today reveals some significant disagreements between journalists and the general public over the quality of today's reporting and the boundaries of press freedom.
While 72 percent of the journalists said their profession did a good or excellent job of reporting information accurately, only 39 percent of the public felt the same way. At the same time, 61 percent of the citizen respondents said they disagreed with the statement that ''the news media tries to report the news without bias."
Some survey findings may provide fodder for conservatives who complain about liberal tilt in the press. When asked to identify themselves politically, one-third of the journalists and one-third of the citizens said they were Democrats. The divergence came when 32 percent of the public identified themselves as Republicans, compared with only 10 percent of the newsroom employees. Among journalists who said they voted in the 2004 election, 68 percent reported favoring John Kerry and 25 percent chose George Bush. Yet among the public respondents who said they voted, Bush beat Kerry 54 percent to 44 percent.