The death of modern journalism

… will come, not with a bang, but with a Facebook post:

You’re in charge of security for the Prime Minister of Canada during the current election campaign. You read this comment on a Facebook message. What do you do?

You don’t contact the local media, for one thing. Security forces doing their job isn’t news, after all. That doesn’t fit the narrative.

Neither does this.

Maybe Harper’s security or campaign organizers are being a bit over-the-top with their screening process, but so what? This is an election campaign. Messages are tightly managed, as are campaign events. I would expect that if Jack Layton wished to ban me from an event due to pretty much anything I’ve said about him over the years, I shouldn’t complain. I don’t support Layton or the NDP, and my being there would only take away from what his organizers are trying to accomplish.  Big deal.

What is disturbing, however, is how the media completely fed this non-story and were either negligent or deliberate in not revealing information about the individuals involved. This is unethical journalism and, unfortunately, further confirms suspicions that our fourth estate is neither unbiased or benign.

We need good journalism, especially in our mainstream media. Stop cheerleading, do your jobs, and let the citizenry make up their own minds.

h/t sda

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