My readers know of my long-time love affair with hard-edged journalists who work to ferret out the truth, and damn the consequences. They are my heroes. Every time the messenger brings news that makes some feel uncomfortable there is an attempt to portray the journalist or news operation as the evil one. Once again we are witnessing that old playbook being used as the GOP tries to paint the media as being either overly aggressive, or mean-spirited, in the attempt to try and better understand the entire story as to why Governor Sarah Pilan became the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate. In addition there are numerous issues and puzzles about the life of this woman that requires answers. This all strikes to the heart of John McCain’s judgment, and to the fitness of office of Ms. Palin. But instead of recognizing the vital role that journalist play in our democracy, the Republicans have unleashed their usual nasty remarks about the real people that keep America free, that being the journalists and reporters.
Tonight the ever readable and highly charged Joe Klein responded to the lack of understanding from the GOP convention, and like-minded saps.
There is a tendency in the media to kick ourselves, cringe and withdraw, when we are criticized. But I hope my colleagues stand strong in this case: it is important for the public to know that Palin raised taxes as governor, supported the Bridge to Nowhere before she opposed it, pursued pork-barrel projects as mayor, tried to ban books at the local library and thinks the war in Iraq is “a task from God.” The attempts by the McCain campaign to bully us into not reporting such things are not only stupidly aggressive, but unprofessional in the extreme.