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Has Mainstream Media Forgotten How to Report?

Steven Greenhunt, Vice President of Journalism for Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity¬†(Watchdog Wire’s parent organization) recently published a piece at The Huffington Post examining how certain so-called “media watchdogs” have used shoddy journalism to attack the Franklin Center. Below is a preview along with a link to the article.

In my talks to conservative bloggers and activists who want to understand and influence the media, I downplay the “liberal bias” meme. Sure, most reporters I’ve encountered in my years working for newspapers have a liberal worldview that influences their story selection and coverage. But most are reasonably fair and professional, so I encourage conservatives to try engagement before vilification as they pitch their story lines to reporters.

But my recent experience on the receiving end of a series of supposed exposes has left me rethinking my tendency to cut fellow journalists some slack. I’ve been appalled by the shoddy reporting techniques used to try to embarrass the organization where I work — frustrated by reporters who don’t get the other side of the story and who seem uninterested in investigating anything, but merely want to play a game of “gotcha.”

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