14 February 2011

Calling a Lie a Lie

This post by Glenn Greenwald over at Salon.com is worth your time. How can journalists live up to their (usually vastly exaggerated) claim to 'speak truth to power' if they cannot say that something is false? I am not a fan - at all - of Anderson Cooper. But Greenwald suggests how deep the problem actually goes:
"Had Anderson Cooper used such harsh language to describe the statements of someone universally despised in American mainstream political circles (an American Enemy -- such as, say, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Hugo Chavez), it would likely have gone unnoticed. But here, Cooper used such language to condemn one of America's closest and most cherished allies, and it was thus gently deemed a departure from journalistic propriety. But had Cooper said such things about a leading American political official, then a true journalistic scandal would have erupted."

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