Romans during the Decadence, by Thomas Couture | Wikipedia
The for-profit media, which include the public media, are very much in the habit of selling the news. The public media, however, cannot admit that they sell the news as much as their commercial competitors do lest they surrender their supposed moral authority in the media marketplace.
Other than those rare moments when journalists do something useful such as exposing malfeasance or corruption or drawing attention to some verified medical breakthrough, the media do precious little to temper the common perception, now confirmed by several robust longitudinal studies, that the so-called mainstream media actually serve first and foremost their own and elitist interests that fall squarely under the "progressive" or liberal banner.
NPR backtracked its claims last week that it never cancelled interviews on the Iran Deal with Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo after staffers for the Kansas congressman produced emails proving that it had happened.An Associated Press story Friday reported that NPR accepted $100,000 from a a White House-allied pro-Iran deal organization called the Ploughshares Fund in order to fund “national security reporting that emphasizes the themes of U.S. nuclear weapons policy and budgets [and] Iran’s nuclear program…” Ostensibly, NPR policy did not allow that grant to slant coverage, but the arrangement received renewed scrutiny after Obama national security advisor Ben Rhodes named the organization as one of the tools the administration used to echo their talking points.—SOURCE/LINK
Manipulative Editing Reflects Poorly On Katie Couric, Gun Documentary
Katie Couric and the creator of a documentary on guns are apologizing — to a point — for switching around footage to make it falsely appear that members of a Virginia gun rights organization could not summon an answer to a key question on background checks.
An audiotaped recording taken by one of the participants shows otherwise — they spoke extemporaneously for several minutes. (Smart! Those interviewed knew well enough not to trust their interviewers.)
Asked how Couric reacted when she saw that portion of the film before its release, a spokesman for the project said, "Katie questioned the pause, but the director made the decision to use it to lead into the discussion of the hole in background checks."
This manipulation — and that's what it was — would not pass muster at NPR under its principles for fairness in handling interviews.
On the way to ruin.