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September 22, 2014

Hero: Reporter Exposes Her Own Bias In Reporting Story, Then Quits and Walks Off News Set

As Allah remarks:

Coming soon: Every national news anchor in the U.S. quits after revealing on air that they’re actually operatives for the Democratic Party.

If only.

However, the reporter here demonstrates quite a few things we already knew about the media:

1. She has a direct stake in the story she's covering, and no one at her news channel apparently asked about that, or troubled themselves to inquire into it. She also has a strong political rooting interest in play. This much was obvious, but no one seemed to care about that.

2. She delivered a plainly-biased story, in which she openly promoted the campaign for a ballot proposition favored by "medical" marijuana smokers. She quoted an opponent of the measure basically making little sense and no impact -- the opponent's case was made impossible to understand and thus impossible to agree with.

3. And that was a prepared video story, mind you. That got through the "multiple layers of painstaking fact-checking oversight" which are supposed to guarantee neutrality in reportage.

But no, she delivered a plainly-biased story, and no one blinked twice at it.

The embarrassment for the station comes when she herself admits on air that she owns the Alaska Cannabis Club -- the organization she was boosting in her piece -- and says "F&ck it, I quit."

That little bit at the end -- where she admits she's run a flagrantly biased piece and knows she'll be fired now that her (assumedly undisclosed) relationship with the subject of her story is confessed to the world -- is an indictment of the media generally.

What did she do here that was any different from what media reporters do every day of the week?

Virtually nothing at all. Sure, she actually owned the Alaska Cannabis Club; most reporters are merely passionate enthusiasts for the Democrat Party. A minor difference.

Really the only thing she did different was to confess her bias, admit she's turned in a palpably biased report, and honestly admit she'd prioritized her political agitation above her duties as an objective journalist.

Then she fired herself for the offense.

That was the only thing she did differently from the thousands of DNC operatives working as "journalists."

If you want to cut to the fireworks, go to about thirty seconds before the end of the piece.

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posted by Ace at 05:15 PM

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