Minneapolis Star Tribune Reporter Eric Black came back on my program to continue his defense of his handling of the Patty Wetterling lie and the Strib’s coverage of ‘o6 politics generally. We also covered the waterfront of the usual MSM-related subjects. Unlike most MSM reporters, Black is willing to spend a long time in the dock, though he is often a non-responsive witness. He even agrees that the MSM cult of nondisclosure about reporters’ political biases is not good for journalism, but he also refuses to depart from it, and assigns to it a status as a “norm” which is contrived and self-serving.
Black does make it sound though the Strib’s powers would smite anyone who failed to keep the cult protected from openness, candor and transparency. In many ways, after dozens of MSM interviews, the MSM is emerging as pretty much the American equivalent –in its studied indifference to inconvenient truth and relentless propaganda about its own nature– to the failed parties of the East Block. No, they aren’t communists (though no doubt some of their number hold economic illusions in their head that veer pretty close to those that bankrupted the East). They are party loyalists, guild members in a cult of self-importance and puffery.
As a believer in party politics and partisanship, there is much to be celebrated in attachment to principles and work on their behalf.
But only if done openly. Done in secret, as it is done in MSM newsrooms across the country, it corrupts and deforms both the news product and the people who produce it.
And as I told Black, his guild is destroying American journalism:
It’s what’s killing American journalism. I love journalism. The bias in American journalism is killing it dead. That’s why the L.A. Times is below 800,000 in circulation. It’s why your paper is struggling. It’s because nobody believes you people. That’s why