Small Journalism

Found these words On line a few days ago, thought I would share them with you, and then talk about the person who posted them.

We stand foursquare with the Founders. We believe in the First Amendment, not just for we, but also for thee. We believe the phrase, “Congress shall make no law…” could not possibly be clearer. We despise “political correctness” and everything it represents. We will not be told, “you can’t say that,” because to accept that stricture means we cannot think it, either. We believe that freedom of inquiry, freedom of opinion and freedom of expression are the fundamental liberties upon which this country was founded. And we will fight to defend them.

We are one with the poet, John Milton, who wrote in his great essay on press freedom, the Areopagitica: “I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race…” Truth is always to be put to the test, or else it becomes dogma. And the battle never ends:

Good and evil we know in the field of this world grow up together almost inseparably; and the knowledge of good is so involved and interwoven with the knowledge of evil, and in so many cunning resemblances hardly to be discerned, that those confused seeds which were imposed on Psyche as an incessant labour to cull out, and sort asunder, were not more intermixed. It was from out the rind of one apple tasted, that the knowledge of good and evil as two twins cleaving together leapt forth into the world. And perhaps this is the doom which Adam fell into, of knowing good and evil, that is to say of knowing good by evil.

In other words – if I may be so bold as to translate Milton – it is the spirit of free inquiry that makes us fully human.

Sounds like a goodness right?  But answer me a question, what side of the political fence is this person on?  His words are very much in line with everything I believe in.  I am fairly certain that they are in line with everything you, my fellow Americans, believe in.

Is there a way to tell?  No, there isn’t.   This person claims that his side of the political fence, and journalism are one and the same, or close enough as to not make a difference.  This person believes that the other side of the political fence controls the media, and alter facts to fit what they want, thus sullying the concept of journalism.  This person claims that objectivity in news is and has been under assault, by journalists, and journalism.    Claims this started back over 20 years ago, after Reagan won in 1984, and talks much in that bit of his blog about Ollie North and Iran-Contra.

And he is a conservative, despite what he said above about freedom of inquiry and expression.

   I don’t think this man is right about the media, and I’ll tell you why.  Objectivity cannot be assaulted without opinion, and if you are stating an opinion about a subject you have ceased to be a journalist, and have become a commentator.  You are no longer reporting on the news.  If it is commentary, opinion he dislikes, he is allowed to state such, but ethics should have stalled his attempt to pin the problem on journalists, when journalists aren’t the problem.

I am happy for the man that he has found the fight he wants to fight, that is always a good thing.  But the problem I have here is that he is pointing at a problem he sees in one area, opinion, and calling it a problem in another, journalism.  And where has he chosen to fight this?  Blogs.

More curious is the spurious messages this person puts out.  Claimed that it was only on the 15th of January that the MSM finally got on board with the fact that the Fort Hood shooter was in fact acting as a terrorist.   I remember hearing that on MSNBC (the only network this man mentioned by name in the above block-quoted posting) three days after the event, and on CNN as well.  Curious that he, and his entire organization of “journalists” missed that bit.

He also points out that a certain newspaper was biased in favor of Martha Coakley, despite the fact that the instance of bias he pointed to, and the articles he pointed to, were in every way an even handed accounting of the good and bad in both the Coakley and Brown campaigns. I did like the pic at the bottom of the piece. I did a similar one of the Republican party a year or so ago. Thieving bastard.

He has a problem with Journalism, and then attacks it by skewing the facts to his own point of view.

Pot, meet kettle.

Oh, and the website in question? It is called Bigjournalism.  The reason it caught my eye was the fact that the man who is the chief propagandist “editor” and I share first and last names.  He does me harm by using my name so publicly to perpetrate such an amazing fraud.

If you, Mister Walsh,  stand “foursquare with the founders” why are you ethically abusing freedom of speech in such a wanton manner?  You do despise political correctness, and ethical considerations as well.  If you are trying to be about journalism, why are you spouting political commentary, which you claimed was such a horrible thing?

I believe in much the same things you state you do, sir.  However, unlike you, I am an ethical creature.  You put truth to the test, by pushing to see how little of it you can put out and still call yourself,  in your own mind, a journalist.  You, sir, have no integrity.  Your claimed assault on MSM is in truth an assault on truth.  You titled the piece that I block-quoted at the beginning of this post “Welcome to the Fight”

If it’s a fight you want, son, you came to the right place.

You quote the Areopagitica, yet do not realize that you are more guilty of abusing the freedom of the press that you are claiming you defend than those you accuse of said abuse.  And the Areopagitica may be against intrusions on free speech, but it isn’t necessarily against censorship, something you seem to have missed.  But there be none of either here.  Or one, or possibly both of us would not be writing here, correct? Stands to reason.  You make it sound like the MSM does not include your voice!  What about breitbart? You know, the people who write your paycheck! What about Redstate? What about Fox?  What about Beck and Limbaugh and the hundreds of other conservative writers and radio voices on your side of the political fence?  The MSM has two sides, plain and simple, and it is cute that you seriously think you can foist the lie that you and your ilk  are somehow without a voice while at the same time using that voice!

You, mister “Bigjournalism” are full of shit from top to bottom and everywhere in between.  John Milton is turning over in his grave at the sordid use you put his words to.

That’s it for now, more later.

Today’s nuggets, from the Areopagitica by John Milton, Via wikiquote:  Truth and understanding are not such wares as to be monopolized and traded in by tickets and statutes and standards. We must not think to make a staple commodity of all the knowledge in the land, to mark and license it like our broadcloth and our woolpacks.

There is yet behind of what I purposed to lay open, the incredible loss and detriment that this plot of licensing puts us to; more than if some enemy at sea should stop up all our havens and ports and creeks, it hinders and retards the importation of our richest merchandise, truth.


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