Saturday, October 16, 2010

Arianna Huffington: Choking on Its Contrived Objectivity, the Media Refuses to Take a Stand on Sanity

: "We finally found out the real problem with the mainstream media: They're agnostic on sanity.

That's the only conclusion that can be drawn from the refusal of mainstream-media organizations to allow their employees to attend Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity on Oct. 30 in Washington, D.C. That's right, in a showdown between nonpartisan sanity and partisan madness, the traditional media have boldly decided to... not take a stand.

It started with Ellen Weiss, NPR's Senior Vice President for News, sending a memo to NPR employees forbidding them from attending the rally. The policy was clarified in a NPR blog post by Dana Davis Rehm. 'Their rallies will be perceived as political by many, whatever we think,' she wrote.

Heaven forbid! Clearly if someone is going to perceive something NPR does as 'political,' it's best not to do it -- even if it's not actually political. Better to let what's acceptable be defined by the most extreme elements than be perceived as 'political' -- and to keep a pristine reputation by not taking a stand on sanity and reasonableness."

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