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Monday, November 01, 2004

"Swimming against the mainstream" honor roll

As I noted briefly in an update to my post earlier tonight about "Politicians' secrets," there are indeed some mainstream reporters who've done yeoman's service in attempting to dig into Sen. Kerry's military records, and other topics that the "top of the mainstream media pyramid" hasn't probed deeply.  One of my media-savy readers, for example, makes these nominations (listed alphabetically) to the "honor roll":

Jay Ambrose at Scripps Howard.
Bob Caldwell at the San Diego Union Tribune.
Paul Campos at the Rocky Mountain News.
Zev Chafets at the New York Daily News.
Jeff Jacoby at the Boston Globe.
Jack Kelly at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Tom Lipscomb, writing for the Chicago Sun-Times and New York Sun.
Deroy Murdock at Scripps Howard.
Ralph Peters at the New York Post.
Jim Pinkerton at Newsday.
John Podhoretz at the New York Post.
Jim Wooten at the Atlanta Constitution Journal.

I'd add Howard Kurtz at the Washington Post and Pete Slover at the Dallas Morning News, and I'm sure that there are many others who deserve recognition for "swimming against the mainstream." 

I respectfully submit that now — before the dust has settled at the polls — is an excellent time for the blogosphere to compile such an honor roll.  To my readers — and especially to my fellow bloggers — who would you nominate?  Please feel free to make your own additional nominations in my comments (or on your own blogs, with a trackback ping here, please).  And feel free to explain your nominations.

I don't have in mind any sort of "judging," nor even the compilation of a "master list."  Nor am I particularly interested in soliciting criticism or disagreement about anyone who's "nominated"; my present purpose here is to provide encouragement and recognition, not constructive criticism.  And I certainly don't mean to limit this to pro-Bush or anti-Kerry reporters, or those whose personal politics may be identifiably from the center or the right (although there may be a positive correlation that way, given the general direction of the main stream). 

In short, if there are mainstream media reporters — broadly defined here as someone with "old media" connections who's been digging and providing factual content beyond just pure punditry (but I'm not going to quibble) — whom you think deserve recognition, I cordially invite you to take this opportunity to share your views!

Posted by Beldar at 12:13 AM in Mainstream Media, Politics (2006 & earlier) | Permalink


Other weblog posts, if any, whose authors have linked to "Swimming against the mainstream" honor roll and sent a trackback ping are listed here:

» Honor Roll of MSM Journalists from Democracy Project

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» Responsible Journalism from Pajama Pundits

Tracked on Nov 1, 2004 12:55:42 PM


(1) geezer made the following comment | Nov 1, 2004 1:30:26 AM | Permalink

Mebbe somebody could come up with a cuter name, but I think "Swimming With Sharks" pretty much sez it all for these intrepid reporters...

(2) Whigfarmer made the following comment | Nov 1, 2004 1:38:53 AM | Permalink

A quick correction if I may? Paul Campos writes for the Rocky Mountain News.

(3) MJ made the following comment | Nov 1, 2004 7:02:26 AM | Permalink

The honor roll is a fantastic idea. One of the greatest uses of the blogosphere would be a groundswell effort to fix some of the many things that have been so wrong in this election cycle, and this is a good start.

Suggestion: Solicit input for a list of things that need to be fixed/changed, and let that be the foundation for efforts to change them. I don't know what shape it would take, but the alarms should be sounding that something must be done. Serious problems have been exposed in this election cycle. Here are some obvious starters:
1. The bias of the mainstraem media (your honor roll for objectivity is a good place to start, but we need dramatic changes before the next cycle.)
2. Campaign Finance. (Lord, please spare us from another round of 527s.)
3. Spin. Don't know how to fix this, but what used to be known as Spin has degenerated into flat-out lying and conversely unwarranted accusations of lying.
4. Protected organizations abusing their status and prom,oting candidates. (See NAACP, Kerry in black churches on Sundays, etc.)
5. Voter registration fraud. Dead registrants, fictional registrants, multi-state registrants. This would not be hard to fix. We have the technology. It would just take some backbone.
6. Debates whose questions are determined solely by the moderator. Jim Lehrer's tee-ups for Kerry in Debate #1 were shameful.

Looking at my suggestions for the list, it's easy to se that every one could be readily fixed by an unpartisan and aggressive media. Those items they are not directly responsible for, they could bring enough pressure to affect change.

We can't let this happen again. I don't think it's hyperbolic to say that the future of our democracy is at stake. Maybe not today or the next election, but if this trend continues, fair elections will be a thing of the past.

And please, let's not let Congress try to fix it. Do we want more "improvements" like campaign finance reform?

(4) Geek, Esq. made the following comment | Nov 1, 2004 7:23:51 AM | Permalink

Knight Ridder newspapers have been the best damn journalists in the country over the past couple of years.

(5) The Drill SGT made the following comment | Nov 1, 2004 7:53:32 AM | Permalink

I think Michael Dobbs of the WaPo did good work on Rathergate

(6) Palindrome made the following comment | Nov 1, 2004 8:38:30 AM | Permalink

I find Thomas Sowell's writings astonishing and very insightful.


(7) Bill USAF Vet made the following comment | Nov 1, 2004 8:49:52 AM | Permalink

It's about time we redefine the MSM concept. There's nothing mainstream about most of the media.

Kudo's to Mr. Lipscomb and others who truly are mainstream.

(8) Bruce Kesler made the following comment | Nov 1, 2004 10:35:24 AM | Permalink

Please add Krauthammer.

(9) Bruce Kesler made the following comment | Nov 1, 2004 11:01:38 AM | Permalink

Whoops, forgot to also add Bill Safire for leading the sense parade, and Michelle Malkin for leading the honest elections parade

(10) Mark Rechnic made the following comment | Nov 1, 2004 12:02:29 PM | Permalink

Please add Charles Krauthammer, Mark Steyn, Victor Davis Hanson, Wm. Kristol and Micahel Barone

(11) Mark Rechnic made the following comment | Nov 1, 2004 12:16:58 PM | Permalink

Almost forgot to add Claudia Rosette (WSJ) who was all over the oil for bribery scam.

(12) Mike Brown made the following comment | Nov 1, 2004 3:15:49 PM | Permalink

This list is a great idea. How about adding a word or three about why each name is on the list. It will help those of us with short memories.

(13) Beshado'd made the following comment | Nov 1, 2004 3:39:36 PM | Permalink

geek, the Knight-Ridder group is among the top of the heap of unabashedly partisan media outlets.
That not even they were bent enough to argue that Gore really won Florida was, I'm sure, a fluke that would not happen in the current, 'Rather' less honest media climate.

(14) Beshado'd made the following comment | Nov 1, 2004 3:46:50 PM | Permalink

I concur that Thomas Sowell deserves a place on the honor roll. (apologies for leaving this off the last comment)

(15) Kent made the following comment | Nov 1, 2004 4:38:25 PM | Permalink

I'll "me too" Thomas Sowell. The only reservation I have is that he is not, strictly speaking, a journalist. But he is probably the clearest and most insightful conservative political thinker of our day.

(16) Lee Shore made the following comment | Nov 2, 2004 1:44:48 AM | Permalink

Since we've gotten into columnists.... (notice how quickly we ran out of reporters)

Who can forget Ann Coulter, the conservatives' Weapon of Mass Debunking? Incisive, funny as hell, and a babe to boot. Anyone who gives liberals such a case of agità is deserving of iconhood.

Jackie Mason and Raoul Felder, who have sliced and diced the antisemitism of the Left.

Walter Williams, a conservative economist who explains the adverse consequences of the liberals' economic nostrums.

And -- a moment of silence for Michael Kelly, editor of The Atlantic and former New York Timesman, who was killed during Operaton Iraqi Freedom. A graceful writer, he never suffered the Left gladly.


(17) Beldar made the following comment | Nov 2, 2004 10:37:01 PM | Permalink

Thanks, Whig, duly corrected.

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