Editor & Publisher laments the partisanship shown by members of the “professional” (term used loosely) media at the Unity Conference in Washington, DC.
New York (E&P) – The historic Unity convention in Washington is over but what it is being remembered for, at least in some corners of the media, is not the huge turnout of more than 7,000, but controversy over the alleged partisanship shown by many of the attendees in responding to separate speeches by presidential candidates Bush and Kerry.
[More]They do a roundup of editorial page coverage, most of it fairly self critical of the Kerry partisanship publically shown by media attendees. A few media apologists manage to chime in for good measure, blaming everyone but the cheering journalists.
Media cheerleading for Kerry/Edwards isn’t a new phenomenon, or even a particularly subtle one. Need proof? Here’s Newsweek’s assistant managing editor Evan Thomas on the July 10th edition of Inside Washington
MR. THOMAS: There’s one other base here, the media. Let’s talk a little media bias here. The media, I think, wants Kerry to win and I think they’re going to portray Kerry and Edwards I’m talking about the establishment media, not Fox. They’re going to portray Kerry and Edwards as being young and dynamic and optimistic and there’s going to be this glow about them, collective glow, the two of them, that’s going to be worth maybe 15 points.
Later that week his magazine (Newsweek) tossed the collective salads of Kerry and Edwards in a glowing cover story.
Is it any wonder why respect for journalists is so low?