"Admit it. Republicans Broke Politics"...
And whether your politics lean Left or lean Right, Vox presents a strong case for political polarization and Republican wrongdoing - offering an interesting and precise perspective on the role of the news media.
Undeniably, journalists have frustrated a natural response to injustice by using an inaccurate tone in the reporting of political transgressions. Moreover, giving cover to dangerously contentious political norms by misconstruing 'fair reporting,' Lending gravitas to the emergence of increasingly polarized and corrosive Republican politics that have placed America in a precarious position.
Yes, Republican leaders have substantially broken the American political system. And in like manner, far too many journalists swung a sledge hammer at what remained of it; baking into the American way an absence of justice... For after all, what is freedom of the press, if not (the best hope) to justly report the truth.
Video via Youtube by VOX, 10 min.
While completing research this week, I stumbled across eloquent data that I planned to stash away for sometime off into the future. However, now I think maybe the data found me; the timing is uncanny and certainly apropos...
A little something about the politics of journalism.
"The freedom of political publications...on public measures and public men, is [...] bottomed on the broad basis of political truth: it is temperate and calm, persuades without irritating and convinces without wounding. 'The press in this point of view...is the great public monitor--its duty is that of the historian and the witness ---its horizon shall extend to the farthest verge and limit of truth, and beyond that limit it shall not dare to pass.' It is enough temperately to investigate the measures of government, and calmly point out their beneficial or injurious effects on society, without descending to useless abuse, or exciting unnecessary indignation. This is all that reason requires; and the public mind is certainly much more edified and enlightened by such a course of useful and dignified discussion, than by all the rancour [sic] and invective that can flow from the pen of the pungent and ingenious writer. It has become a painful task to conduct and edit a paper in this country. If an editor advocate the measures of either party, he cannot escape denunciation, or flatter himself with the hope that his private character will not be assailed, or that irritation would be no more, and the happiness, the honour [sic], the glory of common country become a subject for the display of the poet's enthusiasm and the orator's fire. [...] We have warred too long with each other for no purpose, and it is now time for reason to succeed passion, and temperance, dignity [...] to take the place of that fury, irritation, and madness, which have so long pervaded [...] this country, to the injury of its reputation, and perhaps to retardation of its prosperity" (Peace of Parties, 1816).
See Interdisciplinary Resources for works cited.
- Peace of Parties. (1816). National Register, 2(30), 50.