[Note: due to time constraints, the copy below has not been fully formated or copy edited. JH]
The latest episode in the Plain Dealer history of shortchanging its readers by the removal of the taping of the single meeting of the Ohio gubernatorial candidates is hardly the first instance of corruption of a free press. It won’t be the last either.
Do we expect that newspapers or other media outlets would be any better or more open than the steady stream of misdeeds by cigarette, automobile, food companies or Jimmy Haslam’s Pilot Flying J, or the countless other corporate or politically corrupt individuals that often grace the pages of newspapers? Or be more open than the NFL hierarchy on the dangers of concussions or the behavior of its people on sexual or other assaults?
Why would the news business be expected to be so much higher-minded than the rest of the society? Because often it isn’t.
Do you trust members of the media have some special divining ability to see corruption and expose it? Do they even see our culture’s defects? Or want to?
Do you think that the top editors of the Plain Dealer rub shoulders, go to lunch, parties and other social events with the citizens of name your low income neighborhood, or do they dine, rub shoulders with some business leader, foundation official, or other “respected” citizen? You know who they talk to most Continue Reading »