Letter to no one in particular

As I said on Ex, here's A few thoughts on the press and the legislature aimed at no one person or entity. Honest.

Letter to no one in particular

This year there proved to be at least one great advantage to having been denied membership to the 2007 edition of the Capital Press Corps: I didn’t have to write about what a regular guy Don Beason is and how I was either shocked or knew all along that he was the one who “loaned” Jim Black half-a-mil’. Unlike some of the pros up in Raleigh, I’m not used to explaining how it’s important I get cozy with lobbyists and insiders and how I’m completely immune to their charms.
That could turn one all pretzely over time.
I’m only kidding slightly here.
The press – particularly the folks who trade on their insidership around the legislature – have some ‘splanin’ to do. After all, it was not they who tracked down the threads that led to revelations of a monumentally corrupt speaker, but a bunch of federal prosecutors. The scandal stories, nicely packaged and written as they were, fed off of the documents from the feds and seldom ran far ahead of the investigation.
Now, I know that transparency is still new to much of the established media, but a little soul searching is in order.
Even in the provinces, we rubes knew the Decker deal stunk and that it was likely the tip of the iceberg. Now, seven years after the loan, we’re starting to get somewhere. And as the evidence of widespread corruption, vote trading and donations tied to legislation mounts, so should the questions about where the watchdogs were while all this was going on.
Maybe they weren’t given the time or resources, thanks to consolidation and media’s addiction to mid-20th century profit margins. Maybe they were clueless or didn’t think it important or were worried about losing access.
Give me a bunch of (insert wildly misinformed stereotyping adjective here) bloggers with nothing to gain or lose over folks in the know sitting on their hands for fear of alienating a source. I’m afraid that, as in many places in this great land, those charged with occasionally mucking out the barn are either too concerned about soiling their trousers or have somehow become mesmerized into believing they too are a fine steed in the stable.
Loyalty to those in power is not in the job description — or shouldn’t be. The idea is to help the rest of us get at the truth not to recreate the Acta Diurna.
The first newspaper in this land, Publick Occurrences, Both FOREIGN AND DOMESTICK, was shut down after its first issue because it mentioned the doings of government without permission. Young Ben Franklin became publisher of the New England Courant after his older brother went underground for publishing without submitting his copy to the censors.
The right to publish without interference from the government was hard earned and should not be easily surrendered or taken for granted.
When I first started out in this business, a newsman of the old school used to remind me of a line from a poem by a famous colonialist: “If you can walk with kings and yet not lose the common touch. . .”
That goes double for y’all having lunch with those kings.

Comments

Beautifully said.

I've stickied this at the top for a while, in honor of this (insert wildly misinformed stereotyping adjective here) blogger's vacation, which starts tomorrow morning.

I'll leave it to whomever feels the urge to "un-sticky it" when the time is right.

Just leave it up long enough for all the Capitol Press Corpse members to have a good gander.

Bravo

That's all.

Just bravo. I'm glad you're writing, kmr.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Sorry kmr! Didn't you get our Blackball memo?

Good for you kmr! You got screw since you are not a member of the Club and don't know how to ride the mainstream media goats at midnight. Your reach is more than any of those clowns will ever know. Use your weapons of truth and keep pouring it on.......You have many readers and good friends....unlike the phonies at the Capital....You are the type of Guy that makes Thomas Paines after being kick around by the kings....

Good on you KMR

for saying (wonderfully I might add) what needs saying about the complicit MSM.

Throughout our history, the press has been looked to by Americans to be the fourth branch (fourth estate) of the government. They are suppose to be our eyes and ears and keep track of all the plotting, scheming and maneuverings of our elected officials. They are suppose to give us the facts Jack, not skew the news to someone's benefit.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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Was gonna unsticky it...but it needs to stay

Just a little bit longer.

YearlyKos was ignored and ridiculed by the Corporate Media. Maureen Dowd showed up last year and made a fool out of herself, looking down her nose at the dirty, liberal bloggers. One year later - just one year folks - seven presidential hopefuls not only showed up, but participated.

If North Carolina's corporate media crowd think they can diminish our impact by denying us access, they have another think coming.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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