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January 12, 2009

Joe the War Correspondent

Ed looks askance at his calls for "patriotic" coverage.

Eh. So he's not an objective journalist. Who is? Christian Amanapour?

There are a lot of advocacy journalists in the Middle-East. In fact, almost everyone there is. I can't get very incensed that Joe admits his own agenda. Unlike professional journalists (and I use that term advisedly), he has no career to protect by lying about his own biases and agenda.

A brief mention of a PSM essay written by a tool at The Moderate Voice. I only even mention it because both Instapundit and Hot Air link it.

The Moderate Voice, of course, defends the MSM down the line and questions how any, um, "civilian" like Joe could possibly have anything of value to add to reportage.

Here's some value -- he has a high profile, at least among conservatives on the internet, and will work to show that Israelis (especially in Sredot) are suffering in this war at Hamas' hands, something the MSM isn't particularly animated to show themselves. They far prefer Hamas' hard-luck tales.

So, a bit of balance will be provided, even if it comes from someone who forthrightly admits he's not really a balanced reporter.

I will point out that I have had occasionally read The Moderate Voice, and I have, to this day, never seen it take a position that wasn't clearly and safely -- and all too predictably -- liberal.

Just for shits and giggles, I'd like to see The "Moderate" Voice actually criticize liberal policy or belief. Just once. Just to establish they can in fact manage such a Herculean task.

I think I will rename this site "The Moderate Ace of Spades." No change in my politics; but I guess we're all "Moderates," really.

Here's Joe reporting for Pajamas TV (free registration required).

One Thing That's True... is that by offering up his pro-Israel agenda so unabashedly, he diminishes his credibility as an objective source and thus can't help Israel as much as if he lied about it, or at least concealed it.

That's true... but that kind of credibility is gained via a lie. The MSM does this all the time, of course, purporting to be neutral referees when in fact they are determined partisan actors. To the extent they have more credibility for their purported objectivity, they should not. It's a lie.

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