Fourth Estate or Fourth Branch of Government?
excerpted from the book
a guide to detecting bias in news media
by Martin A. Lee & Norman Solomon
A Lyle Stuart Book, Carol Publishing Group, 1990
Does the press function as an independent Fourth Estate or as a fourth branch of government? Are media adversaries of the State or its accomplice?
TV’s top journalists are part of the wealthy and influential elite, often socializing with people they’re supposed to be scrutinizing. At an awards banquet for the Radio & Television Correspondents Association during Reagan’s second term, Kathleen Sullivan (at the time with ABC) was photographed on the arm of then-Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, while CBS Face the Nation host Lesley Stahl greeted the Republican Party’s national chairman Frank Fahrenkopf with a kiss. Vice President Bush serenaded the crowd with a speech and journalists got prizes ostensibly for good reporting.
Ron Paul speaks outside Republican convention
ROCHESTER, Minn. – Ron Paul continued his push for a speaking role at the Republican National Convention with an address Friday to supporters outside the Minnesota state convention.
Paul has continued his presidential bid despite Sen. John McCain’s status as the presumed nominee. With state GOP leaders refusing to allow him to speak inside the convention hall, Paul told about 400 supporters he was more concerned about spreading his libertarian message than preserving party unity.
“The campaign that is going on right now is the campaign for the freedom revolution, which is going to be going on for a very long time,” Paul told the crowd.
May 25, 2008
Pg. B7The Last Doughboy
By George F. Will
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Numbers come precisely from the agile mind and nimble tongue of Frank Buckles, who seems bemused to say that 4,734,991 Americans served in the military during America’s involvement in the First World War and that 4,734,990 are gone. He is feeling fine, thank you for asking.
The eyes of the last doughboy are still sharp enough for him to be a keen reader, and his voice is still deep and strong at age 107. He must have been a fine broth of a boy when, at 16, persistence paid off and he found, in Oklahoma City, an Army recruiter who believed, or pretended to, the fibs he had unavailingly told to Marine and Navy recruiters in Kansas about being 18. He grew up on a Missouri farm, not far from where two eminent generals were born — John “Black Jack” Pershing and Omar Bradley.
“Boys in the country,” says Buckles, “read the papers,” so he was eager to get into the fight over there. He was told that the quickest way was to train for casualty retrieval and ambulance operations. Soon he was headed for England aboard the passenger ship Carpathia, which was celebrated for having, five years earlier, rescued survivors from the Titanic.
Posted on Friday, May 30, 2008 00:52:11 by The_Republican
How much anger is there among women about how Hillary Clinton has been treated during this campaign? Some of the nation’s leading female politicians will tell you: quite a lot.
“From the beginning, she’s been treated very badly,” says Therese Murray, the president of the Massachusetts Senate. “No woman would have run with Obama’s resume. She wouldn’t have been considered.” But Clinton has been “demonized by the press and the talking heads. How do you get away with that?”
TROOPS WORRY: “What if a Democrat wins?” Mullen warns military: stay out of politics (REPOST)
International Herald Tribune ^ | May 25, 2008 | Thom Shanker
Posted on Monday, May 26, 2008 23:54:37 by Lancey Howard
WASHINGTON: The highest-ranking U.S. military officer has written an unusual open letter to all those in uniform, warning them to stay out of politics as the United States approaches a presidential election in which the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be a central, and certainly divisive, issue.
“The U.S. military must remain apolitical at all times,” wrote Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “It is and must always be a neutral instrument of the state, no matter which party holds sway.”
Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 09:31:18 by moderatewolverine
‘Lay off my wife.”
So says Barack Obama about his controversial spouse, Michelle.
The Democratic candidate for the presidential nomination has a grating tendency to dismiss any inconvenient fact as a “distraction” and to label every stinging criticism as “divisive.” So even if he didn’t have a husband’s natural desire to defend his wife, he’d still probably denounce criticism of Michelle as beyond the pale.