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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Where Once Journalism Was Practiced

1)"Advocacy Journalism."  An oxymoron if there ever was one.

2) "Advocacy Journalism."  A field of endeavor that is indistinguishable from the weblog.

3) "Advocacy Journalism."  What's practiced at ABC News.

You decide if that's really what journalism is all about.

ABC News anchor Josh Elliot has decided.  He takes sides on issues and is proud to skew them for his viewing audience.

Judge him - and anything that comes out of his mouth - accordingly.
Screw Objectivity! ABC's Josh Elliott: 'I'm Proud to Work at a Place That Believes in Advocacy Journalism!'
By Scott Whitlock, NewsBusters

Sometimes journalists just come right out and say it: Appearing at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Awards, Saturday, ABC News anchor Josh Elliott gushed over media subjectivity: "I'm proud to work at a place that believes in advocacy journalism!"

Elliott, who reads the news for Good Morning America, fawned over the liberal gay rights group: "I will never be in a braver room than this!" The reporter seemed to be under the impression that, so long as the cause is good enough, objectivity isn't needed. Elliott highlighted his own late, gay father: "I took from him the importance of being an advocate for those who need it; and I took from him what it means to be a man." [link]
You'll note that this Elliott person didn't just damn his own work - work that comes with an unabashed bias - but he condemns his employer at the same time, with ABC News being "a place that believes in advocacy ..."

Remember that next time the "journalists" there put a story on the air. It will be shrouded in prejudice. An effort that Josh Elliott - and, I'd bet, a lot of other advocates at ABC News - is proud of.