10.28.2008

A job well done

Christian Schneider is doing a fantastic job doing what the media is supposed to do, and notes a sad trend:
Of course, as is the case every election, you have the following cycle:

1. Third party groups run negative ads.

2. Newspapers call for elimination of third party ads.

3. Newspapers fail to educate public as to the accuracy of these supposedly “toxic” third party ads.

So he does the fact-checking himself:
There’s no question these groups have the right to run these ads. If the First Amendment means anything, it is to protect unpopular political speech like these campaign spots. But it is incumbent upon media and bloggers to dig deeper to explain what’s going on in these ads. When a local newspaper complains about ads but doesn’t rectify their effect, they are just as complicit in the “toxic” political climate which they decry.