Dog bites Man: Columbia “J-School” hosts uniform pro-Occupy/anti-TEA Party Panel [Darleen Click]
Joseph Pulitzer is rolling in his grave. Harry Stein writes:
According to the most recent Gallup poll, distrust of the mainstream media is at an all-time high, “with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly.” Anyone still wondering why might look into a symposium held last week at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, long the nation’s most prestigious media training ground. Titled “Covering Occupy and the Tea Party,” the panel was organized and moderated by Todd Gitlin, a full professor at Columbia and chair of its Ph.D. program who also happens to be a veteran activist on the left, going back to his days as a founder and early president of Students for a Democratic Society.
It isn’t by chance that the most violent and radical elements of the 1960′s have ended up dominating academia, especially in places where they can manipulate information. SDS may have lost in the streets and in public opinion, but its Marxist acolytes have slithered into places where they can then manipulate the masses they inherently despise.
The deck was stacked from the start by Gitlin’s choice of participants. [...]
Little wonder that the event went exactly as expected. This is not to say that there were bald declarations of support for Occupy or straightforward denunciations of the Tea Party; MSNBC zealotry aside, that’s not how the media mainstream operates. The conversation was reasonable-sounding and often good-humored, laced with anecdotes drawn from the speakers’ front-line experience. Yet what would strike many outsiders as stunning is what Gitlin, his panelists, and most everyone in the audience—composed largely of journalism students—seemingly take for granted: that the Occupy movement, its occasional excesses and counterproductive tactics aside, is at its core good, decent, and noble; while the Tea Party, for all its successes, is fundamentally malign. [...]
In the friendly confines of the J-School’s Pulitzer Building, the panelists made little attempt to hide their sympathies. Encouraged by Gitlin, those who covered Occupy seemed almost to compete in their enthusiasm for the movement.
Read the whole thing.
And if anyone has any doubt about
Professor Comrade Gitlin’s commitment to Pravda-style journalism, here is the comment he gave to Fox News about Stein’s article:
Todd Gitlin, a journalism professor and chair of Columbia’s Ph.D. program, moderated the panel, which also included a writer for the Boston Phoenix, a reporter for NBCNews.com, a Ph.D. candidate from Harvard’s School of Government and a New York Times reporter.
Gitlin, who also wrote “Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street,” declined to comment when reached Thursday by FoxNews.com.
“You have nothing to do with news,” Gitlin said. “And you’re wasting my time.”
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