You have heard of Watergate. Sharyl Attkisson writes about what she calls Newsgate.
Compromised reporting has always existed as a result of covert collaborations between reporters and political officials—Democrats and Republicans alike. For example, in my new book out next year, The Smear, I’ll report on instances of improper collusion that surfaced during the Bush administration. The most recent available evidence is heavy on Democrat-ties due to the nature of the available documents and leaks.
…It can be argued that some indi, the New York Times, vidual accounts can be rationalized and are not serious breaches of ethics. But taken as a whole, it’s easy to see how we as journalists have done a poor job protecting ourselves from being co-opted by organized interests, often ones that are paid and politically-motivated. Whether we realize it or not, they’ve figured out how to exploit the media and use us to publish their propaganda. It implies a broad and growing trend that has seriously undermined the credibility of the news industry.
Attkisson lists examples of journalists who have been coopted.
AP reporters Matt Lee and Bradley Klapper, Marc Ambinder from The Atlantic, CNBC anchor John Harwood, three separate incidents at CNN by three separate CNN “journalists,” Daily Kos, Huffington Post, Ken Dilanian, who covered the CIA for the LA Times, but now is with AP, MSNBC, Politico, Salon, San Franciso Chronicle, Washington Post
Correct The Record president Brad Woodhouse has repeatedly appeared in news interviews without the disclosure that he operates a Hillary Clinton super PAC that coordinates openly with the campaign, unlike any other super PAC.
Among other functions, the Correct The Record memo says it “arms more than 300 surrogates with facts and talking points to spread the message and the facts on cable and other news” and “deploy products targeted to specific audiences.”
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