Skip to comments.Media Distorts Democratic Dialogue
Posted on 07/25/2011 12:37:16 PM PDT by flowerplough
The Dominique Strauss-Kahn controversy has been an opportunity for French intellectuals like Bernard-Henri Lévy to take potshots at American justice. The real target should be the news media, says the Columbia University law professor in her column for the Nation.
"It's because of the media that we find our democratic processes foundering in increasingly debased public discussion: Strauss-Kahn's accuser is driven to suing the New York Post for its unsubstantiated claims that she is a prostitute. Pundits mock the very principled prosecutor, Cyrus Vance Jr., as a sucker for having dutifully and appropriately revealed potentially exculpatory information. Radio jocks spend hours dumping on those who believe the accuser's history of lying has anything to do with Strauss-Kahn's "obvious" guilt. When HLN opinionator Nancy Grace's howling impersonation of blind Fury wins her more respect than the deliberation of an actual jury, as in the Casey Anthony murder trial, we worry for the safety of judges, defendants, accusers and jurors. We forget that the case against Anthony was circumstantial; as much as she lied to law enforcement -- a crime for which she has been convicted -- her child's body was so decomposed there was no way to prove either how she died or who did it.
We are swimming in a gloop of scuttlebutt and tittle-tattle, driven by "unnamed sources" who always represent themselves as "close to the investigation" yet who speak only "on condition of anonymity." Those deceptively anodyne descriptors have moved us down an ethical spectrum from transparent reporting to stories that are "underwritten," bribed, extorted or outright lies."
Consider, for example, the insidious model of Rupert Murdoch's...
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"Pot", "kettle", and "black as a black rat inside a black cat at midnight, down in a coal mine".