“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” – Peter Marshall
What defines a free press? Many, if asked that question, would say that a free press is one which operates under its own control, a journalistic community which has no political affiliation. Another possibility is that a free press is one without encumbrances, one that has no master, one that does not cater to one side, but only seeks to know the truth. I suppose those are all correct in a sense, but what else? What else defines a free press? I would argue that a free press should be impervious to pressure placed on it from Senators, Presidents, or from within its own ranks.
Pressure can be as deadly to the truth as outright tyrannical control. Pressure can cause a non-partisan journalist to bend to the will of their biased peers. Pressure can change the landscape of a free and independent press.
We have an imbalance in our press. On one hand, there is Fox News, and on the other is ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC. These liberal networks are entirely politically driven. They have a clear agenda, yet they pretend to be fair. These networks are no place for someone who seeks the truth. For example, Sharyl Attkisson, the one journalist who seemed to have any interest in reporting on the negative aspects of the Obama administration has decided to resign. She has resigned—so say inside sources—because of the extreme bias of her network.
According to Breitbart:
“Although Politico received no comment from Attkisson other than that the split was amicable, the left-wing outlet is reporting that Attkisson left due to the network’s ‘liberal bias.’ This split is ahead of her contract. ‘She increasingly felt like her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her packages on television.'”
For the last year and a half, Attkisson has focused strongly on the Benghazi controversy, digging as deeply as she could into the twisted tale told by the administration. She apparently dug too deep at one point, as it was reported that her computer had been hacked. Her dedication to uncovering the truth led to some animosity from the network, and her liberal peers. Given that CBS has ties to the Obama administration (Obama’s National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes is the brother of the president of CBS news, David Rhodes), it’s not surprising that she felt pressure to either conform, or get out.
This is the systemic problem in our modern day “free press.” Aside from a few honest individuals, the majority of journalists are completely agenda-driven. These agenda-driven journalists have no will to investigate corruption if it comes from within their own Party. That behavior is frightening, to say the least. That behavior is negligent. Journalists who fail to investigate the corruption of the Obama administration, even when they know it exists, have forsaken their first duty as members if the press. In fact, they are no longer a press at all. They are a propaganda wing of the Democrat Party.
What’s worse, the few good, honest journalists working in the mainstream media are being driven out because of the pressure. One bad apple spoils the bunch. Well, a barrel of bad apples spoils the only good one left.
When no one is left to investigate the corrupt, we lose. When we have no one left on the inside of the machine, we lose. Sharyl Attkissonn is one of many victims in the press who tried to fight, and were assassinated by their peers.
Pressure has killed our free press.