July 21, 2011

Politico Reporter Changes Venues, Works for Same Cause

He's just the latest of many reporters that have quit "journalism" in recent years to officially work for the same folks they've actually been working for the entire time:

A Politico reporter who often penned stories about Sarah Palin and other Republicans has quit journalism to work with the Democratic Party in Arizona, sources tell The Daily Caller.

That reporter, Andy Barr, has covered national politics for the publication since 2008. Barr leaving to help elect Democrats will likely fan the flames of critics who say Politico has a liberal bias.

It's not exactly clear what his new job duties are. Barr wouldn't say, but told FishbowlDC, which first reported that Barr was leaving, that he left Politico on "very good terms." That report said Barr, who is from Phoenix, is taking a "political job," but didnít say where he is going.

The media would do the country a tremendous service if they could be relied upon to report upon stories objectively. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of reporters and editors in the media business have a strong leftward personal political slant, and that affects their reporting as well. It has just become more overt in recent years.

Of all the news outlets, it is unsurprisingly Rupert Murdock's News Corp that is the most politically balanced, with only a slight edge in donations to Democrats over Republicans (51%-49%). The balance carries over to news reporting in News Corp, which is why they are more trusted and viewed than many of their rabidly liberal counterparts.

How is Keith Olbermann these days, anyway?

Posted by Confederate Yankee at July 21, 2011 08:50 AM

Personally, I'd like to see the media return to being overtly partisan. Back when papers sold based on their party affiliation -- "The Tallahassee Democrat," Marion, IL's "Daily Republican" -- every reader knew *exactly* where the paper stood, and which side of the story they were getting. People were free to buy whichever paper suited their *personal* tastes, without anyone having to pretend to be objective and unbiased. (Hint: Nobody is.)

Of course, that would initially mean ten thousand Democrat newspapers to one or two Republican ones, but I bet you'd see people vote with their wallets quickly enough to balance that way the heck back out. ;)

Anyway, I'm sure it'll never happen, so we'll just leave it up to the Internet to be what news should've been...


Posted by: Brian L. at July 21, 2011 08:57 AM

Gosh Brian, what more does 90% of the MSM have to do to be more overtly partisan? Scroll "Kill all the conservatives and sell their children into slavery!!!" continuously across the bottom of the screen? ;-)

Posted by: Parker at July 22, 2011 11:52 AM