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Thursday, September 11, 2008

A reporter complains about 'access' as the world passes him by

Some reporters feel entitled to access to persons in the news and that the more access they are given, the better it is for the subject (whether sports or news). This is of course not true no matter how many reporters say it is. The job itself needs to be examined if one is constantly dependent on someone else for its being done. For perceived reduced access by a politician's campaign a Boston Phoenix reporter says, Comments to item on Poynter.org/Romenesko:
  • some of you missed the point Posted by Bryan Bridges 9/11/2008 2:42:26 PM
It is not the job of the news reporter to spin the news. To punish those who pick fights, to reward those who have been given a raw deal. Take the personalities out of this. It is about news writer ethics! The job of the working press is to find facts and report them from as many POV as there are. The facts are the story not the personality. Let the OP/ED folks spin like tops -that is their job and it is ethical. The reader should get facts and be allowed to come to a conclusion -but that rarely if ever happens.
  • The real horror here is that anyone calling themselves a news reporter can condone writing that punishes or rewards the person written about.
We, as professionals, have earned the label that we have as biased.
  • A poll today says that 69% of Americans believe reporters try to help the candidate they want to win (Rasmussen.) That is as shameful as it is true.
Bryan
The press is stuck on itself Posted by Richard Brownell 9/11/2008 1:15:03 PM Only a reporter could say the McCain will regret picking a fight with the press. It almost seems like a tough-guy line from a bad action movie. Frankly, McCain doesn't have much to lose by picking a fight with the press. The secret is out that the media is pretty much falling all over itself to get Obama elected. Even Democratic voters know this to be true. It is happening as surely as the sun rises in the East. So if thin-skinned reporters decide to black out McCain from their television and newspaper coverage, it won't make much difference. The media could never be counted on to help McCain get his message across. Why should he worry about what they think now?" from Poynter.org/Romenesko

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