The Oppositional PressA interesting article about what Karl Rove, advisor and campaign manager I think, to President Bush, thinks of the press, based on a talk he gave at a university.
"Reporters now see their role less as discovering facts and fair-mindedly reporting the truth and more as being put on the earth to afflict the comfortable, to be a constant thorn of those in power, whether they are Republican or Democrat," Rove said.His talk is described in the article as containing four parts:
- that there's been an explosion in the number of media outlets;
- that these outlets have an insatiable demand for content;
- that these changes create enormous competitive pressure; and
- that journalists have increasingly adopted an antagonistic attitude toward public officials.
It's great that the individual can more and more be their own news organisation through the use of the internet, if they so desire. The potential that has to put excessive pressure on an administration could inhibit them from doing their job, but I won't ever be unhappy to see increasing numbers of people asking the hard questions. Also, I think being a thorn in the side of those in power is important. I'm going to leave it there. I need to go mow a lawn before going to university.
the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 4/21/2005 08:01:00 am || ||