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April 21, 2006

Hiltzikoshi Maru, Revisited: You Gotta See This

So, Patterico busts an LAT employee for expressing opinions to the public without identifying himself as an employee of the LAT, which is contrary to its ethics guidelines.

So, a poster calling herself "Masha" shows up and begins defending the LAT and ripping Patterico and calling him "worse than Pravda."

Without identifying herself as an LATimes employee.

I think it was Hugh Hewitt who said that these people are being put in a tough position by their institutions' rules. Their institutions require them to be very circumspect about expressing their opinions, because their institutions want to pose as politically neutral truth-tellers. So, in order to maintain the image of being truth-tellers, they impose a rule to prevent the truth from coming out at all, and sharply curtail reporters from expressing political opinions.

BUT, the thing is, these people are loaded with political opinions, 95% of them liberal. And they want to get their opinions out.

Actually, I think it's better they blow off steam by dishonestly posing under different names on blogs than stealthilly larding their liberal political slant into supposedly objective news stories.






This dishonest regime of official institutional squelching of reporters' flagrantly liberal opinions in the interest of perpetuating an "objective news reportage" lie has got to end. It's untenable and unstable, and you have poor, psychologically-damaged jackasses like Michael Hiltzak being hurt by it.

It's like poor HAL in 2001: A Space Oddessey. We learn in the sequel that he went mad because his superiors (programmers) ordered him to lie, and we all saw how that turned out.


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