There have been many opportunities over the past two years for those in the media to slow or stop the decline of their credibility, ratings and sales. Time and time again though, too many in the media have chosen to remain on a path to obsolescence. Michael Gerson recently wrote about how sad it is that objective journalism, especially traditional news gathering, appears to be going the way of the dinosaur. It is sad. Not just that it is becoming so difficult to find fair and impartial journalism these days, but that those in the profession have so many times this year alone ignored or buried stories that might have given the public renewed confidence in them.
We've seen two recent examples of this with the ACORN stories broken at Andrew Breitbart's Big Government site and with the global warming scandal dubbed ClimateGate. It is easy to understand why those in the mainstream media have found it difficult to cover these stories. In both cases the stories themselves serve as huge embarrassments for Big Media considering how long they either failed to report information relevant to the American taxpayers (in the case of the ACORN stories) or participated in perpetuating a fraud (through their promotion of global warming hysteria). The MSM could go a long way to redeeming themselves though if they simply chose to fairly and impartially investigate and report these two stories now. I don't expect to see that happen though. These are likely to not only be more missed opportunities for redemption, but further evidence for conservatives to point to as proof that most of those in the Mainstream Media deserve all the problems they are currently experiencing.