Last night’s nonsense and unprofessional journalistic approach to the speech by Governor Jindal exhibited by the MSNBC team demonstrates the lack of objectivity in the media today. The Republican Party clearly has another hurdle to return as a prominent party. The media is necessary to getting your story and image out to the public. When the outlets selectively make it difficult to get your image and message out, not only the party suffers but America suffers. While last night’s show was a commentary show, a minimum of respect is necessary to allow a fair presentation. Listen carefully to the MSNBC personnel coment and laugh as Jindal walks toward the microphone. The man said nothing and already the MSNBC folks were making fun of and demeaning the man. Where was the professionalism? Even in a commentary show, comment should be withheld until after the man has spoken. Governor Jindal did not purport himself and the Republican party well with his speech – it was a downright awful presentation, but he should have been allowed to fail without the stage being set for failure prior to his speaking.
If the Republican Party does not yet see its biggest challenge, it has no chance of recovery. The main stream media has all but become totally corrupt in selecting and slanting the news. It materially controls free speech and a free electoral process. It is getting harder to find news, nothing but the news, to be informed of national and world events affecting this country and our lives.
The fourth estate as it was once called was given freedom of the press to insure its role as an independent check and balance to government actions. When the fourth estate uses that freedom of the press to turn public opinion with often doctored reporting and suppresses news that does not support the media’s agenda, then the fourth estate has lost its right to freedom of the press. Along with that right, comes the responsibility to be the purveyor of truth.
It is clear that the left in this country has co-opted the main stream media. MSNBC has clearly become the Obama house organ. What can be done about it? This twisting of the news for political agenda is not new. Way back at the formation of this country, Alexander Hamilton had about enough with newspapers in the tank for Thomas Jefferson, that he co-founded a newspaper to get his message and his party’s message out (The Federalists) – it was the New York Post founded in 1801 as a daily publication. Yes the same Post of today. Oddly enough it was founded to combat the media’s one sided adoration of the new Democratic Party and its leader, Thomas Jefferson.
The Republican Party needs to find people who have the wherewithal to buy a major newspaper or a network and bring in real journalists. These people should be respected balanced journalists who understand that the message is truth and not agenda. I am not suggesting that this newly acquired media achieve an agenda. If it did, then nothing would be made right. The fourth estate would still be unworthy to hold the right of freedom of the press. If it has to have an agenda, then it must be the agenda of truth without the partisan diatribe. The agenda should be “All the news that is fit to print” – wait that is taken and it has been seriously abused by the New York Times. The Times should be sued for false advertising.
Republican Party! Unless and until you can get your message out you cannot bring balance back to this great land. Michael Steele, start the process of finding balanced people who will assume control over some of the failing agenda driven papers and networks, so that a message of truth will be delivered. Only then will the Republican Party be able to get a fair chance to serve the public.