Nov
17
2008

'Stubbornly Independent Journalists': Priceless

The Huffington Post publishes male critic Jeff Cohen's challenge (11/13/08) to "independent media outlets that contributed so mightily to the stunning election result":

With Democrats in control, will these outlets be guided by principle or just partisanship? Will they speak truth to power and expose corruption and injustice over the long haul–no matter who's in charge?…

From the start of the Republic, bold entrepreneurs (often sole proprietors like many of today's bloggers) stood up to censorship, jail and violence to sustain independent outlets that transformed our country….

Study any cause that has improved our country since and you'll find stubbornly independent journalists who challenged injustice in the face of ridicule and scorn from the mainstream media of their day.

Giving props to Rodger Streitmatter's 2001 Voices of Revolution: The Dissident Press in America, in which many of "these journalistic heroes are chronicled," Cohen dispenses hard-won wisdom, culminating in "Stay stubbornly independent: This is the ultimate lesson."

See the retrospective in FAIR's magazine Extra!: "On the Shoulders of Giants: The Unbroken Tradition of Press Criticism" (1-2/06) by Robin Andersen