Famed newspaperman and publisher, Joseph Pulitzer left part of his estate to Columbia University in New York City to fund awards in newspaper journalism, literary achievements and musical composition. These awards are the highest of their kind in the United States, and are awarded by an independent committee. For a newspaper or electronic media reporter winning a Pulitzer Prize is like winning an Oscar in the movie business or an Emmy in television. You are held up to your peers as a shining example, the pinnacle of your craft, at least for that year. With the state of journalism today, I am sure Mr. Pulitzer will be whirling in his grave at the possibility his legacy is going to be so tarnished by its 21st century practitioners.
*Journalism; Main Entry: Merriam Webster Dictionaryjour•nal•ism
Pronunciation: ?j?r-n?-?li-z?m Function: noun Date: 1828
1 a: the collection and editing of news for presentation through the media b: the public press c: an academic study concerned with the collection and editing of news or the management of a news medium
2 a: writing designed for publication in a newspaper or magazine b: writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation c: writing designed to appeal to current popular taste or public interest*It would appear to be a pretty straight forward definition. Not a lot of “wiggle” room there. And yet this campaign year of 2008 may go down as the most egregious display of journalistic perfidy in our entire history. Of course that will only happen if McCain – Palin win on November 4.
For example; how many people ever heard of Joe the plumber before the debate on October 15, 2008? Only those watching Fox News is my guess. One of the things about being a journalist is you‘re supposed to report the news. Not hide the news because it makes your candidate look like a Marxist. How many millions of Americans tuned into the debate were asking the question, “Who the hell is Joe the plumber?”
We are not children needing to be shielded from stark reality. If the news media is so arrogant to believe they are the only Americans that think, then we are in much worse shape than I fear. For if only a handful of journalists act like the descendents of Joseph Pulitzer then “Joe the plumber” is merely the tip of the iceberg. And before these “journalists” know what happened, if Obamination wins, there will be an entirely different history written. In order for us to relate think of the old Soviet Union’s idea of history. Someone falls out of favor erase his image from all pictures and his name from all publications. Hell, the ancient Egyptians did it.
Let’s see if I can paint the picture of what the new history might look like;
First of all, all references to questions pertaining to Obamination’s citizenship or lack thereof will purged from all court records, newspapers, blog sites, and internet files.
Second all of Obamination’s voting records from his previously brief political career will be purged, from his “present” votes in the Illinois Senate, to his lack of support for our troops in Iraq.
Third, the Reverend Jerimiah Wright will become a non-person, with all references to his being under the bus expurgated next to Obamination’s white grandmother.
Fourth, Williams Ayres’ record of domestic terrorism will be purged along with that of his wife, Bernadine Dohrn. It is the least Obamination could do for his “neighbor.”
Fifth, Anton “Tony” Rezko will receive a full and complete presidential pardon and all his criminal records will be expunged AND he will receive lifetime immunity from prosecution IF he keeps his mouth shut.
Sixth, all references to a “Chicago Machine” will purged from all files both printed and electronic.
Franklin Raines will become Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
James A.”Jim” Johnson will become Attorney General.
William Daley will once again become Secretary of Commerce.
Patrick Fitzgerald will be summarily fired, attempts will be made to disbar him and his entire prosecutorial career will be expunged.
Rashid Khalidi will be appointed US Ambassador to Hamas.
Citizens, journalists you’ve been warned.