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Do We Really Need a More Cynical Media?

NBC’s Brian Williams is happy to see more cynicism in the media:

By dint of the fact that our country was hit we’ve offered a preponderance of the benefit of the doubt over the past couple of years,” the Nightly News anchorman said. “Perhaps we’ve taken something off our fastball and perhaps this is the story that brings a healthy amount of cynicism back to a news media known for it.

I don’t know what’s more amazing — that Williams and many other journalists really seem to believe that the media have been giving Bush a free ride for “the past couple of years” (National Guard docs forged, Social Security reform eviscerated, Karl Rove hunted, Cindy Sheehan beatified, Bush blamed for a Hurricane); or that cynicism is valued over critical thinking. (via TVNewser)

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