May 13, 2004

Indirectly Related

. . . to growing complaints about the news industry's treatment of Nick Berg's murder versus its treatment of Abu Ghraib, this quote comes to mind:

In America, nobody gets to decide what is true and what is false, what is right and what is wrong without the consent--or at least the tolerance--of a plurality of the American electorate. If the electorate is wrong, only the electorate can remedy its error. Hence, appropriate respect for the people's judgment is a moral imperative as well as a political necessity.
[Emphasis mine.] Horowitz is talking about politics, but the same admonishment applies to any free-market enterprise, including the media. Whether they'll heed it any better than most politicians do remains to be seen. Posted by Ilyka at May 13, 2004 11:25 PM in news

Brokaw sure doesn't get it. He led off with Abu Graib (again). Last night's mallet session for the unwashed went into the details of the Geneva Convention codes that were violated. Cause, you know, all the stuff in those pictures were either right or wrong depending on if they violated the Geneva Convention. Right?

Posted by: Jim at May 14, 2004 10:53 AM