by Ben Cohen
Take a look at the contrasting headlines from the NY Times and Politico (via TPM):
New York Times: “False ‘Death Panel’ Rumor Has Some Familiar Roots”
Politico: “Sarah Palin and “death panels” – is she helping or hurting her political future?”
Politico does some interesting reporting, no doubt about that. If you want to check the latest gossip on Capitol Hill, Politico is the place to go. But if you’re looking for objective reporting, Politico isn’t exactly the symbol of journalistic integrity.
Politico, much like the Main Stream Media, view politics as a sport. Sarah Palin’s assertion that the Obama Administration would run health care ‘Death Panels’ is demonstrably false, yet Politico reports on the statement it in terms of its political effectiveness.
Extending the corporate media’s journalistic culture to the web may be an effective business model, but it goes agains the spirit of the alternative media. It is our job to call B.S, not promote it for ratings.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.