American Elephants

Accountability Journalism by The Elephant's Child

According to past statements (2008) the Associated Press endorses “Accountability Journalism, ”

“Op-eds are old news and neutrality and equal treatment to all sides of an issue aren’t what journalism should be about, AP believes. Will the opinion editorial category disappear under the new rules.”begins an article about journalistic ethics as bureau chief Ron Fournier believes. The conventional press model, he says, where both sides of an argument are entitled to equal weight , is exactly what journalists need to avoid.”

“Fournier believes those old journalistic ethics are what stops reporters from telling the truth as they see it.”

Before Fournier took over the job as bureau chief, he himself wrote pieces which are being referred to as a “model” of the new brand of journalism he is encouraging from the AP writers.

One piece was titled, “Obama is bordering on arrogance”, and was written as straight news, not opinion, despite the opinion that is explicit in the headline itself.

Ooooh! “bordering on arrogance?” When was Obama not arrogant? It was one of his most characteristic poses. Fournier sounds remarkably like Bob Dorsey of  Twitter, or Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, pompously insisting that they ban people only for real reasons, not ever anything political, as they refer to the Southern Poverty Law Center (a wildly radical leftist group) to help them “fact check”.

James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal was one of the most frequent critics of this new brand of “accountability journalism” who said “The problem is that while you can do opinion journalism and incorporate reporting into it,you can’t say you’re doing straight reporting and then add opinion to that.

Here’s the article from John Hinderaker at Powerline, and a description of the new “accountability journalism” of the AP in “reporting “on the attacks by the AP that they apparently do not understand as attacks, nor even as partisan.This kind of thing is why the president tweets about “fake news” and a dishonest press. They don’t see themselves as partisan, just right — correct thinking. Of course Trump is dishonest, racist, arrogant and authoritarian, and as we accept that basis, we’ll try to tell the truth as we see it.

Here’s the Society of Professional Journalists’ formal Code of Ethics which makes interesting reading. Because they consider themselves the honest elite, with a real code of ethics, and they consider Trump and all his minions as deplorables beneath consideration, any attempt to be non-partisan must seem like a surrender to the evil other side, and therefore perfectly legitimate. They are true believers,and their side is right and proper, and the other guys –us– are beyond the pale.

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