Of course it’s not the end of the pretense of journalism, there will still be a TV set lighting up the living room of most American homes every evening. There will still be hood-winked Americans glued to the set, hanging on the words of the oracle.
But journalism is dead, at least in the main stream media. I know this is old news, but it’s important.
Scarborough’s exchange with Matthews Thursday [11/6] morning:
Matthews: “I want to do everything I can to make this thing work, this new presidency work.”
Scarborough: “Is that your job? You just talked about your being a journalist.”
Matthews: “Yeah, that’s my job. My job is to help this country.”
Scarborough: “So your job as a journalist is to make this presidency work?”
Matthews: “To make this work successfully, because this country needs a successful presidency, more than anything right now.”
Moments later, Time magazine editor Richard Stengel took exception to Matthews’ description of his role as a journalist.
“Walter Cronkite once famously said that journalists are skeptical so the public doesn’t become cynical,” Stengel said. “As Americans, we want of course Barack Obama to succeed and we want the country to thrive.
“As journalists, we have to hold his feet to the fire. That is our responsibility. Frankly, I think that’s our constitutional responsibility. That is why the press is protected in the Constitution.”
Matthews is also thinking about running for senator.
How can we believe a word these guys say?
PS: To Stengel: Is this what you guys did with Obama during the campaign, “hold his feet to the fire”? No.