Monday, September 14, 2009

Resegregation is Happening

Only this time, it's not by race but by political ideology. Now that conservatives have a news channel that they can trust in FoxNews, it has been increasingly more likely that Fox covers stories that a mainstream new source refuses to. Just off the top of my head, we have Van Jones, ACORN, Eason Jordan. Then there are other noteworthy stories like the John Edwards story that nobody covered except the tabloids. And that story had real political implications.

If I remember my journalistic history correctly, it used to be that major newspapers in this country were instruments of one political party. This changed over time as they become new sources first and opinion makers second.

As we ponder the fact that the New York Times and other papers refuse to carry certain stories that may damage the chances for the Democratic party, we have to wonder if we may be headed back in that direction.

FoxNews makes the whole thing a story about the lack of a story. How meta.

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