AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 2/16/2005 09:41:00 AM ----- BODY: Taliban? - That term has come back? Referring to one's political opponents as 'the American Taliban' or some variant of the term was popular before the actual Taliban supported a guy that ended up killing 3,000 Americans. I guess MSNBC's Mike Moran feels it's time to reintroduce the word into the popular culture. As if it wasn't enough to equate people at their computers with an oppressive regime, Moran throws in some more nasty words:
But should Eason Jordan lose his job for this? Or, to mine the deeper shaft here, was it wise for CNN to provide the enemies of free expression, critical thinking and The First Amendment with a victory on this count? Are they so lost as a network that they abandon basic principles? Is the main stream really now just a trickling tributary that can be diverted with just a few well thrown stones?
The "enemies of free expression, critical thinking and the First Amendment?" Is that what I am? Wow. Let's re-examine that First Amendment, shall we?
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Let's see...religion, freedom of speech, of the press, right of the people to assemble...nope, nothing in there about the right of the press to do whatever the heck they want without being held to account. As I've said before on this blog, journalists have a particular quirk - they take pride in the fact that their job has constitutional protection. That's not the quirk, though. The effect of this has been that journalists think the First is theirs. They are the guardians of free speech and, according to Moran, the only ones entitled to it, I guess. I'm curious to what Moran means by 'basic principles' here. The right to protect ones own, I suppose? Then Moran quotes an email by CNN president Walter Isaacson:
It's ironic that he was brought down partly by talk-show and blogging folks who represent the opposite approach and have seldom...ventured out to do...frontline reporting."
Arrogance again. He has no idea who the bloggers are, but dismisses them anyway. Isaacson's comments are like a blogger full employment act. The continuing overconfidence in the media shows that we will likely have many Jordans to deal with in the future. The bigs have still not figured out the new playing field. Moran's column is a whiny rant that can be summed up with the three words most often heard in a temper tantrum: It's not fair. --------