Thursday, February 19, 2009

Obama Bias? 6 Reporters Take Jobs in New Govt.

In three months since Election Day, at least a half-dozen prominent journalists have taken jobs working for the federal government, the Politico reported Wednesday.
Journalists, including some of those who’ve jumped ship, say it’s better to have a solid job in government than a shaky job — or none at all — in an industry that’s fading fast.

But conservative critics answer with a question: Would journalists be making the same career choices if John McCain had beaten Barack Obama in November?

“Obama bails out more media water-carriers,” conservative blogger Michelle Malkin wrote upon hearing that the Chicago Tribune’s Jill Zuckman is taking a job with the Obama administration.
Both the Weekly Standard and the National Review are pointing to a 'revolving door" that spins between the media and the Obama administration.

Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center, acknowledges that financial troubles may be forcing reporters out of newsrooms, he thinks it’s worth noting where they’re going.
“When some leave journalism because of a reduction in staff, what’s the natural landing spot?” The Obama administration,” Bozell charged.
Here's the list:

- Chicago Tribune’s Jill Zuckman took a job with the Obama administration.

- Cox’s Scott Shepard joined Sen. John Kerry’s office as a speechwriter.

- Time’s Washington bureau chief Jay Carney became Vice President Joe Biden’s communications director.

- The Washington Post’s Warren Bass went to work for Dr. Susan Rice at the United Nations.

- The Politico's Daniel W. Reilly became communications director for Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).

- Linda Douglass left the National Journal for the Obama campaign back in May and is expected to become assistant secretary for public affairs in the department of Health and Human Services.

Some media watchdogs point to the grim economic reality facing media outlets as the cause for the exodus. I think the premise is flawed. Perhaps the grim economic conditions facing the media are caused by the ideological hacks passing themselves off as objective reporters.


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