Beware Arrogance on the 'Democracy Beat'

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Posted: Jun 22, 2022 12:01 AM

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On CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on June 19, host Brian Stelter touted the growing new trend in the “objective” media of creating a “democracy beat” because Donald Trump and his devotees are a constant threat. Stelter compared it to a contractor fighting rot and mold in the house.

There’s something obvious and desirable about journalists focusing intently on elections and voter rights and election integrity battles. But there’s always this gelatinous layer of pomposity on top that the media needs to take sides and not allow “two sides” on democracy.

Take Joe Kahn, the newly designated executive editor of the New York Times, who told NPR media reporter David Folkenflik, “You can’t have independent journalism in a non-free society, and we are not impartial about whether or not this (nation) becomes a non-free society.”

The danger here is, if conservatives suggest the Times is not independent, not impartial and not nudging America into being a free society, does this put them on the side of

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