One of the saddest things about our modern mass media is that they have become such total tools for those who would manipulate them. They seem to think that there’s no conflict between good journalism and repeating assertions which they pretty much KNOW to be lies as if there were something to them.
Case in point: The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, hereafter known as the Fucking Liars. Even supposed bastions of liberalism like NPR, and of objective journalism, like CNN, have a habit of mindlessly parroting the claims of the Fucking Liars, without pointing out that they’ve pretty much been PROVEN to be a pack of lies spewed people who for the most part had no way of knowing what they claim to know (i.e., they didn’t serve with Kerry).
Whenever the media blithely parrot the Fucking Liars’ accusations without parenthetically observing that they are in fact lies, they give them the patina of truth. In this way, the media have become complicit in the Big Lie strategy of the Republicans.
And it would be so easy for the media to fix. All they’d have to do is, whenever they mention the Fucking Liars, is point out that they’re a bunch of fucking liars. Not in those terms of course. Frex, instead of just saying, “The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth has embarked on a campaign challenging Kerry’s war record” they could say, “The Swift Boat Veterans, though their claims have been thoroughly discredited, continue to challenge … . etc.” Or they coudl say, “The Swift Boat Veterans dispute Kerry’s war record, though their claims have no proof and Kerry’s do.”
It is NOT objective, fair or balanced reporting to blandly accept the lies of one side or the other in a political debate, ONCE THOSE LIES HAVE BEEN PROVEN TO BE LIES. It’s understandable to repeat allegations when there’s some doubt about them, but when the allegations are PROVEN LIES, you become COMPLICIT in those lies if you repeat them without also condemning them.
In the last couple of weeks the media has done a few pathetic mea culpas for being idiot cheerleaders for Bush during the lead-in to the war in Iraq. I wonder if they’ll ever manage any mea culpas for this pathetic performance.