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article imageOp-Ed: Investigating the 'Investigators' of the MSM A Full-Time Job

By Johnny Simpson     Sep 20, 2008 in Lifestyle
America has a very proud and rich history of top-notch investigative journalists, which is being besmirched by those who profess to be today's versions. What good is a Fourth Estate that requires more investigation than the subjects they report on?
Make the Big Lie, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." - Adolf Hitler
The convoluted trail in DJ Barbara Sowell's recent post 'Media Caught Fabricating White Racists?' is an all too clear illustration of what we in the general public face in trying to sort the truth from the lies in today's MSM reporting.
The tragic irony here being that this situation is all too common in a media that is far more concerned with achieving short-term political objectives than in the long-term damage they are doing to the honorable profession of true investigative journalism.
I know the difference. I was weaned on investigative journalism.
At the tender age of twelve, I lost myself in William L. Shirer's "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich." From that point on, I couldn't get enough of Robin Moore, Peter Maas, Nick Pileggi, Woodward and Bernstein, and too many other fine investigative journalists to mention.
Where have they all gone?
I'll tell you where. They're right here on the web at sites like Drudge, NewsBusters, Little Green Footballs, Powerline and Michelle Malkin, which are doing the investigative journalism the media not only refuses to, but all too often finds itself under their own microscopes for abrogating.
Who else but Michelle Malkin is investigating the shady origins, funding and blatantly illegal voter fraud activities of ACORN, to which Barack Obama had such close ties to as a community organizer, and to whom he has facilitated generous federal funding as a Senator?
Who else besides Charles Johnson at LGF investigated Dan Rather's and CBS' amateurish attempts to influence the 2004 presidential elections with forged documents regarding Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard?
Who else but a handful of bloggers (including LGF) uncovered the staged casualties and PhotoShopped images from the Israel-Lebanon War when 'reputable' agencies like AP, AFP and Reuters were passing them off as original because their sympathies lay with Hezbollah?
Who but NewsBusters reported in-depth on Sandra Bernhard's recent vitriolic rants against Sarah Palin, and the media's fawning and excusing of Bernhard's comment that Sarah Palin should be gang-raped by blacks in Manhattan?
Who in the MSM today is even reporting on her egregiously stereotypical racist comment?
Who buried the Monica Lewinsky story for six weeks in hopes it never came to light? That MSM bastion of investigative journalism, Newsweek.
Who broke it? The Internet rogue Matt Drudge.
Who are the real investigative journalists here?
And who speaks for Ms. Sandra Cichon of Florida, whose reputation appears to have been violated by a number of media outlets, including the St. Pete Times and the 'progressive' blog Double Take, which added the 'Obama Waffles' comment for good measure?
I'll tell you who.
DJ Barbara Sowell, whose excellent writeup of the situation leaves a lot more troubling questions hanging in the air than it answers. Perhaps some MSM journalist will follow up in Woodward-Bernstein fashion to get to the root of the matter.
Then again, perhaps not.
Regardless, Ms. Sowell has earned my DJ Pulitzer (only the third awarded by me) for her dogged following of the story. It has been well-earned.
The Pulizter Prize
The Pulizter Prize
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The American people are not as stupid as the MSM perceives us to be. We know BS when we smell it, and we know when a story reeks of political bias, innuendo and outright lies. It is no different from the Soviet-era PRAVDA English-language broadcasts I listened to back in the 1980s.
The only difference between the two I see today is that PRAVDA at least held back on their lies and vitriol to appear as a respectable propaganda outlet. Today's MSM has no such restraints, if the recent Sarah Palin media crucifixions are any indicator.
If this trend continues as it has, I look forward to the corrupt MSM mammoths as we know them being forced into the tar pits by the saber-tooth tigers of the Internet like LGF, Michelle Malkin and NewsBusters. It would be a fate well-deserved for violating every precept and canon of their trade for far less lofty goals than true investigative journalism.
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