NEWS AND OPINION:
In the postelection world, many Americans remain vexed with the press — convinced that journalists are guilty of biased reporting, or producing inaccurate, clueless, trite, elitist or even fraudulent news. Unbeknownst to many, the Society of Professional Journalists has a robust set of ethical standards in place “to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough,” advising journalists to “seek the truth and report it,” among other significant things.
“Ethical journalism should be accurate and fair. Journalists should be honest and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information,” the group states, later adding, “The highest and primary obligation of ethical journalism is to serve the public.”
Yeah, well. Standards tend to wilt in the current media marketplace, which hopefully will sort itself out before the 2020 election gets rolling. Or maybe not. Meanwhile, gleeful pollsters continue to report that the press ranks at or near the bottom of opinion surveys. The latest reveals that out of four major business concerns in America, the media is ranked the most unethical.
“Watch out for the lying media. Certain industries are more corrupt than others” warns a new poll conducted by CBS “60 Minutes” and Vanity Fair magazine.
“When asked on average which one of four industries engaged in the greatest among of unethical behavior, 37 percent pick the media ‘the top choice’ ahead of the drug and pharmaceutical industry (30 percent), banking (19 percent), and technology (7 percent),” the poll notes.
“Partisanship plays a role in which industry Americans are most wary of. Republicans (53 percent) overwhelmingly pick the media as the most unethical industry, and it’s the top choice of independents as well (39 percent). For Democrats, the media comes in third (22 percent), behind drug companies (35 percent) and banks (29 percent).”
A FAN OF KELLYANNE
“Kellyanne Conway would be a feminist hero if she were a Democrat. She’s a lawyer, pollster, and business owner. She’s a mom of four, and a self-made woman. Why do feminists ignore her? Oh, that’s right — she’s Republican,” writes Julie Kelly, a contributor to The Federalist who has much praise for President-elect Donald Trump‘s unflappable campaign manager and her strategic directives that shaped Mr. Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton.
“Modern-day feminists are still wringing out their ‘I’m With Her’ crying towels and snubbing Conway’s historic victory. Without any sense of irony, they ignore the achievements of a self-made woman, while lamenting the loss of a candidate who earned fame and power largely because of her husband,” Ms. Kelly continues. “If she were a Democrat, Conway would be the toast of women’s groups across the country, feted in the media, splashed across the pages of Vogue and Cosmo. She would be touted as a future candidate herself.”
The Conway strategy also eroded Clinton campaign claims that Mr. Trump was against women.
“You can’t accuse a man of misogyny — which literally means ‘hatred of women’ — if he puts a female in charge of the riskiest, most important endeavor of his life. Trump can’t be a sexist pig who hates women if he fires two men and replaces them with a woman, right? Acknowledging, even celebrating, Conway’s success would undermine that entire plot line,” Ms. Kelly observes.
DEMOCRATIC SOUL SEARCHING
Disappointed Democrats and curious Republicans may get some insight into the Democratic Party’s true identity. The Association of State Democratic Chairs host a “Future of the Party Forum” on Friday in Denver, Colorado, featuring four candidates who aspire to be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
On hand to have their say before a live audience: Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota; Ray Buckley, chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party; Howard Dean, former chair of the committee itself and former governor of Vermont; and Jamie Harrison, chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party. The press likely will be very attentive to this event, which is definitely not being portrayed by the party as a postelection “autopsy.”
ONE FOR THE OSS
The innovative clandestine warriors of the World War II era have finally earned well-deserved recognition. The Office of Strategic Services Congressional Gold Medal Act passed this week in the House, marking a final chapter in the push to honor members of the “OSS” — the forerunner to both the CIA and U.S. special operations forces. The Senate unanimously passed the bipartisan legislation earlier this year.
“The heroic contributions of the OSS — which included some of the most daring covert operations of World War II — remained shrouded in secrecy, their contributions largely unknown to the American public,” says Sen. Mark Warner, Virginia Democrat, who co-sponsored the Senate bill with Sen. Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican. “Today, Congress is able to publicly recognize the members of the OSS for their remarkable heroism and many sacrifices.”
The OSS once boasted nearly 13,000 members; a precious few — under 100 — remain.
“I know how much it means to the veterans of the OSS, as well as their families, that this legislation is finally making its way to President Obama‘s desk to be signed into law,” says Mr. Warner.
The roster of OSS personnel includes some distinguished and famous names. Among them: Marlene Dietrich, Julia Child, Nobel Peace laureate Ralph Bunche, film director John Ford, Pulitzer Prize recipient Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and four CIA directors — William Casey, William Colby, Allen Dulles and Richard Helms.
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POLL DU JOUR
• 73 percent of American women say females manage the household clothing and shoe shopping; 23 percent of American men agree.
• 70 percent of women say females do most of the grocery shopping; 31 percent of men agree.
• 44 percent of women say females decide where their household should go out to eat; 9 percent of men agree.
• 41 percent of women say females plan where their household should go on vacation; 12 percent of men agree.
• 25 percent of women say females share holiday shopping duties; 41 percent of men agree.
Source: A CreditCards.com/Princeton Research survey of 673 U.S. adults conducted Nov. 17-20.
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