The Left Coaster: The Death of Journalism

we all know that there just isn't enough water in the world for a good shower after reading Richard Cohen's column.

But, infinitely worse is this egregious, hideous, institutionalized crapping all over the profession of journalism (via Jane at Firedoglake):

New York Times reporter Judith Miller, who spent 85 days in jail for refusing to reveal her source to federal prosecutors investigating who leaked the name of an undercover CIA agent, will pick up a First Amendment Award at the 2005 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Convention & National Journalism Conference on Oct. 18 in Las Vegas.

According to a press release for the event, Miller will speak to participants and then join a panel discussion titled "The Reporter's Privilege Under Siege." Joining Miller on the panel are Associated Press reporter Josef Hebert, Patricia Hurtado of Newsday, and Bruce Sanford of Baker and Hostetler law firm.

The Society of Professional Journalists, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior, was founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi.

The convention opens Sunday.

A First Amendment Award for one of the top liar-propagandists for a criminal administration, and a so-called reporter who made up a quote and carelessly outed an anonymous source, who has a deep-seated contempt for facts, who deliberately misled a grand jury investigating a serious crime about a conversation she had with a senior and powerful Government official [Vice President Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff I. Lewis Libby] who is involved in a crime and with whom she has more than just a casual relationship with.

What the hell is wrong with these people? What has this country come to?

Do the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) care at all about journalism or the First Amendment? What a complete, complete disgrace! It's hard to believe this is the United States of America. It feels more like SPJ awarding Pravda a First Amendment Award in Communist U.S.S.R.

The Left Coaster: The Death of Journalism


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