Death of the Media
Remember yesterday we told you about No Labels, the allegedly political-party-neutral Political Party? Me neither!
One of the things that bugged me about the announcement of their formation is that they have raised a cool $1M but are not saying where it came from (Thanks, Supreme Court). Anyway last night on the Twitter, David Gergen made the following twit, er, tweet:
…so sensing an opportunity, I replied:
A while later…
…to which I replied:
…and later that evening Gergen sent me a private message (DM) so that it did not appear in everyone’s Twitter stream:
Somewhere in there, I sent him a thank-you for replying to me. I’m always polite.
But here’s the thing: these are famous people involved in No Labels, and many of them are allegedly journalists, some are politicians, and all of them are pundits of one stripe or another. They have mighty soap boxes on which to stand (David Brooks is one of the most read columnist in the world — The Chinese government reads his columns to try to understand the US, as sad as that is — and his columns get republished there), so why do they need a separate organization?
Now then, wouldn’t you think that because their group is allegedly about rising above partisan politics that they would see the value in being transparent about where they are getting their money? As journalists, shouldn’t they be shining a light on it instead of obscuring it?
Hey, I’m not a journalist, I’m just a gross blogger who tells fart jokes, a Cheetohs stained wretch in my mother’s basement or something. But why is no one asking this question except for the snarky kids?