Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Lesson in Modern Journalism

Recently I wrote my column for RenewAmerica.com on "Barack Obama and the Racism Charge." Often my column gets picked up by other publications, which I am always delighted to see happen. The more sites it is found, the bigger the reach. With that, I should be thrilled about how well this most recent article was received in light of the many sites it was found. This time I was on the Discovery Channel, USA Today, the Boston Globe, and even the Wall Street Journal. The quotes they chose to highlight, on the other hand, has weakened my enthusiasm. The article was several hundred hundred words, but the syndicate only showcased three quotes:

"Moderation, contemplation, reasoned discourse and a bipartisanship spirit have been banished from the GOP. The birthers, tea baggers, Palin nuts and demented pundits like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Beck are now in control of the Republican Party."

"Beck's claims are so crazy that I feel silly refuting them. Obama with his multi-cultural background, and his inclusive and open administration, is the very symbol of racial harmony."

"Glenn Beck's inability to hide the fact that he is an utter moron explodes into
the open once more on Fox News when he, without bringing forward a single
example, decides that Barack Obama is a racist."

To read these above quotes, the only ones out of the entire article that were displayed in large print, you would have to conclude I hate Beck and love Obama. If you read the article in its entirety, something that the page does, at least, encourages you to do, you will see a different picture:

•I am critical of these quotes above and those of other left wing bloggers.

•I actually cite evidence that supports Beck's claims, including Obama's appointment of Sotomayor, his treatment of the white side of his family in his biography and other sources, and the President's rush to judgement when it came to the incident with his friend Professor Gates in Boston.

The distribution of this article demonstrates one of the many problems going on in journalism today. The quotes from were likely pulled by a writer who doesn't know what journalistic integrity means. On the one hand, I'm delighted to get exposure on several major news websites. On the other hand, being projected as a liberal extremist is more than a little disconcerting.

Written by Kevin Price

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