Are Lazy Journalists the Reason for News Outlets Declining?

Robert New

In “A move to the political center?” by Ronnie Ellis (Nov. 10th Richmond Register) he piled on the old attacks of Mitch McConnell’s statement misquoted by President Obama during his first term. The quote by Obama actually got two “Pinocchio’s” by Washington Post fact checkers.

The actual quote about making Obama a one term president was in regards to the 2010 Republican victories in Congress and in context is, “We need to say to everyone on Election Day, “Those of you who helped make this a good day, you need to go out and help us finish the job.”

The interviewer asked “What’s the job?”

McConnell responded, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

McConnell then went on to say, “… if he’s willing to meet us halfway on some of the biggest issues, it’s not inappropriate for us to do business with him.”

McConnell also said, “I don’t want the president to fail; I want him to change. So, we’ll see. The next move is going to be up to him.”

Mr. Ellis’ column is an example of what is lacking in today’s world of journalism. Gone are the Woodward and Bernstein journalists who doggedly pursued Watergate. Today the popular and easy way out is to blindly run with the talking points spoon fed them by the White House PR team.

Why do we ignore the brutal murder of an ambassador and three Americans who gave their lives protecting him during a terrorist attack and overlook the misleading statements by officials all the way up to the President while a basketball player suffering from lack of energy is front page news?

Is it any wonder our newspapers are going the way of the Twinkie?

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