Sunday morning’s Meet the Press gave the world a perfect glimpse at the elitist attitudes of journalists like Tom Friedman. After Jim Hoft kicks the NYTimes’ ass all week on the Van Jones scandal, Friedman has the temerity to say that the internet is an open sewer:

MR. FRIEDMAN: David, when everyone has a cell phone, everyone’s a photographer. When everyone has access to YouTube, everyone’s a filmmaker. And when everyone’s a blogger, everyone’s in newspaper. When everyone’s a photographer, a newspaper and a filmmaker, everyone else is a public figure. Tell your kids, OK, tell your kids, OK, be careful. Every move they make is now a digital footprint. You are on “Candid Camera.” And unfortunately, the real message to young people, from all of these incidents, OK, and I’m not here defending anything anyone said, but from all of these incidents, is you know, really keep yourself tight, don’t say anything controversial, don’t think anything–don’t put anything in print. You know, whatever you do, just kind of smooth out all the edges, and maybe you too–you know, when you get nominated to be ambassador to Burkina Faso, you’ll be able to get through the hearing.


MR. BROKAW: Well, I’ve–one of the things I’ve been saying to audiences is this question comes up a lot, and a lot of people will repeat back to me and take it as face value something that they read on the Internet. And my line to them is you have to vet information. You have to test it the same way you do when you buy an automobile or when you go and buy a new flat-screen television. You read the Consumer Reports, you have an idea of what it’s worth and what the lasting value of it is. You have to do the same thing with information because there is so much disinformation out there that it’s frightening, frankly, in a free society that depends on information to make informed decisions. And this is across the board, by the way. It’s not just one side of the political spectrum or the other. It is across the board, David, and it’s something that we all have to address and it requires society and political and cultural leaders to stand up and say, “this is crazy.” We just can’t function that way.

MR. FRIEDMAN: You know, David, I just want to say one thing to pick up on Tom’s point, which is the Internet is an open sewer of untreated, unfiltered information, left, right, center, up, down, and requires that kind of filtering by anyone. And I always felt, you know, when modems first came out, when that was how we got connected to the Internet, that every modem sold in America should actually come with a warning from the surgeon general that would have said, “judgment not included,” OK? That you have to upload the old-fashioned way. Church, synagogue, temple, mosque, teachers, schools, you know. And too often now people say, and we’ve all heard it, “But I read it on the Internet,” as if that solves the bar bet, you know? And I’m afraid not.

Mr. Friedman doesn’t get it. The Van Jones scandal went unreported in the NYTimes and on MSNBC because of the filters their editors applied. The thing that the American people are rebelling against is the Agenda Media’s filtering out things that they should be reporting on.

I’ll readily admit that I’m a partisan conservative. People who’ve read this blog aren’t surprised by this admission. Still, I’ve always maintained a belief that there’s no such thing as acceptable corruption. When Duke Cunnningham accepted bribes, I said he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and I meant it. PERIOD. The net result of that belief is that I won’t bury scandals for partisan reasons.

I was proud of the fact that I was the first blogger on either side of the partisan divide that called on the people of SD-16 to defeat Mark Olson after he won the endorsement to run for the open Minnesota State Senate seat.

The filth that Van Jones mouthed was despicable. He admitted that he was both a revolutionary and a communist. He accused white people of directing pesticides towards communities of color. He was 9/11 Truther. This information begs a simple question: Why didn’t the NYTimes think this information was newsworthy?

Let’s make this more personal. Why didn’t Tom Friedman think this information was newsworthy? Is it because he thinks these are mainstream opinions? Might it be that he’s only interested in this information involves a conservative?

It’s time that elitists like Tom Friedman stopped lecturing bloggers about how unreliable our information is. The last election cycle, I covered more state legislative debates than our local paper covered. I broke stories that never made it into the local newspaper, too. That’s in addition to the news I’ve broken on the Haditha Marines.

When Chrissie Matthews stops getting tingling feelings down his legs when President Obama speaks, I’ll pay attention to Friedman’s diatribes. When Wolf Blitzer or Chrissie Matthews stops accepting every word from John Murtha’s mouth about the war in Iraq being a lost cause or that the Haditha Marines broke under the pressure of combat, then I’ll start paying attention to what elitists like Tom Friedman have to say.

Until then, they can expect me to ridicule them anytime that they try lecturing me about journalistic integrity or their selective censorship of anything truly damaging to liberals.

Putting it simply, it’s time that the media started acting like impartial reporters of fact, not like partisan liberal hacks.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

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