Beneath The Veil Of Objectivity
©2006 Nathan Tabor
you’ve ever attended a luncheon where a well-known public official is
the featured speaker, you may have noticed that members of the media do
not applaud when the speaker has finished his or her address.
And, even though hundreds of people may be giving the government
official a standing ovation, the press will not follow suit, stoically
sitting in their seats to demonstrate their objectivity.
this is true even in a time of war.
U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, a Republican from
don’t have a problem with press objectivity in covering political
races—in fact, I applaud it. But
the problem is that there is a distinctly hypocritical element to the
behavior of many reporters when covering political races.
bureau chief accused Santorum of portraying himself as Winston Churchill
in his speech, in which he pointed out the dangers of a nuclear
press reports pounced on the fact that one woman in the audience
questioned why, as a single working mother, she should vote for the
Senator, given the comments he had made in his book.
That book is now light-years old by news standards, and so
whatever Santorum did or did not write in that manuscript should have no
news value whatsoever. But
there it is, his prose cast in a negative light once again in the glare
of the media spotlight.
a good reason why a number of the members of the Fourth Estate cannot
stand Santorum. He’s a
Republican who acts like a Republican in the vast majority of cases.
He believes in a strong defense, the sanctity of life and the
sacredness of family life, and in lower taxes.
And these are all the things that many members of the media fight
Democrats are hungry for a win in
Granted, there is a great deal of anti-incumbent fever in the American heartland. But the Democrats should not take the election for granted. There are too many variables—and, chief among them is our continuing war against terror. If the election hinges on the issue of terrorism, voters are far more likely to cast their votes for Republicans. The GOP is perceived as the party that is more trustworthy when it comes to protecting our national security interests.
while some reporters may dismiss anti-terrorism crusaders such as
Santorum as Churchill wanna-bees, average voters may perceive them as
respected statesmen who have