Occasionally, I go onto job boards to see what’s out there in the job market. In one of those searches last fall, I stumbled across this – an opening at the Center for Public Integrity for a “Politics of Broadband” reporter:
The CPI is a self-appointed watchdog that takes its main support from progressive advocacy foundations such as Ford, MacArthur, Knight, Open Society (Soros) and Park, among others. These groups fund CPI not for journalism, per se, but for outright special interest advocacy to shape public policy and tool Americans.
By painting a patina of “disinterested journalism” on top of its reporting, CPI can launder “truths” into the information spin cycle, where they get picked up by news agencies for broad, uncritical consumption and acceptance by an unwitting public.
The abovementioned job description is telling. Using the “tools of investigative journalism,” the ideal candidate will focus on the political influence of “mainly of the nation’s largest cable and telecommunications companies,” and report from a “public interest rather than an industry perspective.”
Hmmm. Looks like CPI was looking for someone with a preordained point of view – one who automatically paints some types of lobbying (i.e., that of the largest cable and telecommunications companies) as contrary to the First Amendment; sees large corporations (such as the largest cable and telecommunications companies) as repugnant to Democracy; and favors the “public interest,” whatever the heck that is, as the lone shepherd of all that is good, fair and right.
Do such closed-minded individuals really exist? Answer: Yes – just look at the mainstream media. It’s larded with those types of people.
Anyway, on December 2nd last year CPI hired Allan Holmes, a “veteran” reporter, for the position. He’s been busy of late, writing stories that fulfill the myopic job description well. Biased stories, cleverly painted to look like acts of real journalism.
Make no mistake about it, though, Holmes’ work is “dark journalism,” the very opposite of disinterest and objectivity. No truth can escape this black hole other than what the foundation supporters want and pay for. Consequently, a “journalist” working in this milieu is no more than a press secretary, writing press releases for the special interests which pay him.
It’s mercenary work – but don’t call it journalism.
More to come…