It's not a new thought but it's worth saying - and repeating so we aren't taken by surprise - that while Barack Obama's election is (hopefully) going to mean major changes (like undoing the Bush Regression to the Robber Baron Era of the late 19th century) in a lot of areas, the major media doesn't have much intention of doing likewise. Glenn Greenwald pointed out this week that despite all the mea culpas over the lousy job they did covering the Bush Regime, NBC (owned by General Electric) has just replaced Tim "Government Stenographers R Us" Russert with David "Government Stenographers R Us" Gregory.
Several months before he was named as moderator of Meet the Press, David Gregory went on MSNBC to categorically reject Scott McClellan's accusations that the American media failed to scrutinize the Bush administration's pre-war claims. Gregory vigorously praised the job which he and his "journalistic" colleagues did in the run-up to the Iraq War -- the period which Salon's Gary Kamiya called "one of the greatest collapses in the history of the American media." Proclaimed Gregory, with a straight face: "Questions were asked. I think we pushed. I think we prodded. I think we challenged the President. Not only those of us in the White House Press Corps did that, but others in the media landscape did that." Most revealingly of all, Gregory said:
I think there are a lot of critics who think that . . . . if we did not stand up and say this is bogus, and you're a liar, and why are you doing this, that we didn't do our job. I respectfully disagree. It's not our role.
Indeed. Perish the thought that a reporter should point out when government officials are making "bogus" claims and are lying a country into a war.
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The pendulum is swinging (has swung) back and investigative journalism is, sort of, in fashion once again but the Beltway pundits have signaled very clearly that the press had better not go too far with it because they, the self-appointed arbiters of what America thinks despite the glaringly obvious fact that they never listen to Anericans who don't live in Georgetown, have decreed that we're "tired of scandals" and don't want to know about any more of them. Unless, of course, they're Democratic scandals, in which case they deserve round-the-clock coverage and acres of speculation and innuendo based on ultraconservative wishful thinking and paranoia.