Saul Alinsky American Politics and the 9 Principles of Journalism
My purpose is to inject common sense into a profession that has literally gone off the rails faster than a speeding locomotive (look it up – a smoke billowing Choo Choo). My training if you will was high school and college level English and I must admit I wasn’t that good either. However I would never go on record peddling some of the garbage that shows up regularly on cable news, television or the internet.
I could care less if the reporter is just chasing stories so long as the story is being reported accurately and in a timely manner. As a general rule most of the reporting is done with strict professionalism and the story line is one that captures the intended audience. There is however what I’ll refer to as the 1%ers who couldn’t report a dog leaving a doghouse without messing it up completely.
Beginning with President Donald J. Trump injecting himself into American politics Democratic politicians have encouraged, even egging on America’s leftist media in a spectacle worthy of late night comedy. Often it’s not even that good. It seems like graduates from college and university journalism classes have labored under the incompetent teachings of professors and adjuncts who fail to teach standards for Journalists resulting in lowering the bar so that a snake’s belly could vault over it. While watching the news or a presidential briefing I have often asked myself how that happened.
This is not a conspiracy theory by any stretch of the imagination but it began when Saul Alinsky’s published his book Rules for Radicals that almost went unnoticed except for young Hillary Diane Rodham. Her infatuation led to her interviewing Alinsky and writing her thesis on his teachings. I have no doubt his influence on her was life changing. Her entering into politics would take her into the highest office of the land and into the White House as FLOTUS Hillary Rodham Clinton many years later.
A young Barry Sotoro would also be impacted on Alinsky’s teachings and infused with radical teachings of the American Communist Party and Indonesian Islamic extremist teachings he too as Barack Obama would land in the very same White House although the path would be completely different.
I venture to say that an active community organizer moved Chicago politics of the Democratic Party through the Illinois state senate and into the US Senate and galvanizing Legislative Democrats, putting wings to their feet as they fought for radical change in government.
The media as a whole became agents of change or as some would say useful idiots. Alinsky tactics listed in his Rules for Power called for identifying, isolating and attacking a target making it personal and using truth, fiction and ridicule thereby forcing the target, primarily politicians, not being able to withstand the continual verbal assaults will usually capitulate.
What has become lost are the ethics or principles of journalism. So much so that reporters fancy themselves as the experts in the world of journalistic professionalism. When stroked by political operatives and leaked sensitive political information it is not uncommon to forget the rules.
Journalists become like a pack of wild dogs. They feed on blood, often their own. Over the past 4 years we have seen yo-yo journalism, sprinting from one crisis to another. First it was gun violence, then caravans of illegals headed for the southern border, mixed in were sexual allegations and character assassinations and political hit pieces shifting attention of the American public to non-consequential and ill prepared incidents. From the unproven Russian Collusion narrative, to the Ukrainian/Trump Impeachment narrative the media reporters and journalists acted like sharks in a feeding frenzy. The food of choice in 2020 is COVID-19 and smearing the official US response.
Whether it’s the Coronavirus Task Force Briefings or official White House Press Briefings many of the media are not there to gather or report the news they see themselves as some sort of Robin Hood super hero aimed at playing on each and every word uttered from the mouth of the President. I call that petty journalism (loosely).
There is a fine line that separates journalists from everyone else and I will refer to it as the 9 Principles of Journalism.
Adapted from this www.MattJDuffy.Com article.
1) Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth.
2) Its first loyalty is to citizens.
3) Its essence is a discipline of verification.
4) Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover.
5) It must serve as an independent monitor of power.
6) It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise.
7) It must strive to make the significant interesting and relevant.
8) It must keep the news comprehensive and proportional.
9) Its practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience.
I urge those in the journalistic profession to refresh themselves on what makes good journalism and what does not. You are or you’re not! – I am the Real Truckmaster!