A California appeals court ruled Friday that online reporters are protected by the same confidentiality laws that protect traditional journalists, striking a blow to efforts by Apple Computer to identify people who leaked confidential company data.
One would think that the conservative contextualists that claim the constitution only applies to those things explicitly stated in the constitution carry the force of law would be outraged at this ruling. Neither The World Wide Web or MAC is mentioned in the constitution's main body or the Bill of Rights. Wait, they may think its the case that free speech protections are implied for new technologies. Yea I know catching conservatives on their constitutional moonbattiness is too easy.
In "Media Matters" James Foser writes,
The dominant political force of our time is the media.
Time after time, the news media have covered progressives and conservatives in wildly different ways — and, time after time, they do so to the benefit of conservatives.
Some days. most for that matter I can shrug the whole thing off, the whole lazy hypocritical mainstream media. Conservatives may really believe that the media has a liberal bias, but many do not. They just figure they have nothing to loose and may actually weasel in some psychological intimidation and the state of the media reflects that. Local news tends to be more of a showcase for the latest hair care products by the overly groomed talking heads then about actual news; they used to be at least a good source for weather information, but the net has made them superfluous on that score. Then there is the national media, which just can't bring themselves to say the "L" word,
Intrusive, irrelevant tabloid-style coverage of some candidates, while others are afforded an appropriate zone of privacy is even worse. And it can't go on.
It is possible that what Foser means to say is that it should not in good conscience go on, but if we take him literally he is mistaken, The Green Knight notes,
…the only incorrect sentence in Foser's analysis is the final one: "It can't go on." Sure it can. There's nothing to stop it. This is the script the American media follows; this is the world that American politics lives in. It will do so for the foreseeable future.
While This Modern World is also skeptical,
First of all, the corporate media has ALWAYS employed this double-standard, not simply “for years.” And of course it can go on. What would stop it?
Of all the things that drive me crazy about my progressive compatriots, it’s this belief that you can change the corporate media with accurate criticism of it. They believe at some point the people within the media will realize they’re wrong, and their behavior will improve.
This is insane. The corporate media is the way it is because it exists to make as much money as possible. It doesn’t exist to give people an accurate picture of the world.
They're both right of course. There have been and will always be an exception here and there, but for the most part the bulk of the media betrays its corporate laziness and mentality day in and day out. It is only natural that patriotic progressive minded Americans to feel a little frustrated, but think of it as a game. If real patriots throw up their hands in disgust, the mindless conservative hordes get a free pass to impose a twisted mix of theocracy and social darwinism on the world's greatest experiment in democracy.
Of every waking hour I'm
Choosing my confessions
Trying to keep an eye on you
Like a hurt lost and blinded fool
Oh no I've said too much
I set it up
The hint of the century
The slip that brought me
To my knees failed
What if all these fantasies
Come flailing around
Now I've said too much
I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try
But that was just a dream
That was just a dream
from the song "Losing My Religion" by REM