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Subject: Re: Maureen Dowd's Masterpiece Date: 10/9/2012 5:59 AM
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But the subject is the first debate, and the only moral judgements I have noticed in the aftermath is an objection to Mitt lying.

Nonsense, the moral judgement centers around Lehrer, who seemingly broke some unspoken code that his duty was to shield Mr. Obama and do a fact check on the fly on one side, but not the other. In short, the expectation was for Mr. Lehrer to be as biased as the intellectual pygmies on this board.

What I am telling you is that for a large amount of the press (and almost all of the members of this board), support for a Republican, even a moderate like Romney is a profoundly immoral act.

There are two modes of Journalism right now, Lehrer is mostly in the "liberal" tradition of the press where the major goal is a watchdog function and reporting the facts. Moral and policy judgements are left to the editorial page. The second mode, in rapid ascendancy since the advent of cable is the "moral/communitarian" mode of journalism. This means that the reporting is not an inductive process of finding the facts and letting citizens decide but a deductive one of finding moral fault (as defined by the press itself) and driving the journalistic process to correct that fault.

The problem with the second mode is that it turns all reporting into editorial reporting. What Lehrer fell into was a very deep gap between old school and new school journalistic ethics. He didn't take sides up front, and he was not biased enough, which to much of the media, and guys like you was the moral failing. Not some fact check on Romney.
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