Recently divulged information indicates that many journalists went to considerable lengths–individually and collectively–to downplay then-candidate Obama’s relationship with the odious Reverend Jeremiah Wright. For those who follow politics and media closely, it’s not exactly news that most old-media journalists have a strong bias to the Left, and often allow this bias to influence their work. What is a bit of a surprise is the degree to which collective orchestration–as opposed to “mere” social pressure–seems to have played a part. Much more on this affair from Robert Avrech.
It should now be pretty clear that for a considerable number of journalists, the promotion of their personal political beliefs comes ahead of their obligation to honestly and objectively inform their readers.
There are certainly many citizens who, had they been aware of the full story on Obama and his associations with Wright and other dubious characters, would have refrained from voting for him. Those among them who trusted the media were denied the information which they had a legitimate right to expect.
There may also be a question of fiduciary responsibility. Most major media outlets are publicly-traded corporations, or subsidiaries of publicly-traded corporations. It would seem that in many cases, the employees and/or executives of these companies not only put the promotion of their personal beliefs ahead of their responsibility to their readers/viewers, they also put such promotion ahead of their responsibility to their shareholders.
In aviation, when an instrument is giving faulty indications, good practice requires that it be covered up in order to prevent the pilot from inadvertently paying attention to their faulty information. Even when an instrument is believed to be functioning properly, it should be cross-checked when possible against the indications of other instruments.
Going forward, no rational individual should take action or form opinions based on the unchecked assertions of media outlets implicated in the above information-suppression. At a minimum, anything they say must be carefully cross-checked: in many cases, it will be advisable to just put the instrument cover on and ignore them completely.