Taking Muck-Raking Journalism to New Low

When we talk about muck-raking journalism, we usually use the term as a metaphor! CBS News got a lot closer to literal.

So… a Texas city councilman forgot to turn his microphone off when he stepped away to go to the restroom, and CBS News thought it “newsworthy” enough to post an article about it, with a video and audio of the event. (I will not post a link!)

I have been asked what political party the councilman belonged to. Personally, I don’t care what label he wears… the only one that counts is “Human, made in the image of God.” No one deserves this kind of disgusting treatment, and the nation doesn’t need more bathroom humor to laugh about—our “artists” give us more than enough of that garbage already.

If I were at CBS News, I would fire the person who made the determination that such an incident was news. What a total travesty! Our news organizations—much like so many other parts of the nation—have totally and completely lost a sense of their purpose.

[See also, “Amazing: A Media Outlet Identifies Muslim Murderer.”]

“Do to others as you would have them do to you”… it’s a good rule for news organizations, as well. If a journalist made a simple error of not turning off his recording gear when he went to the restroom, would he want that tape played for the world? I think not!

Get a clue, journalists. Get a clue. Your job is to be the watchdog of the Republic—keeping a close eye on our elected officials as they do the nation’s business—not their personal “business.” This is more than a stupid error of judgment; it’s an indication of the depths to which we have descended as a People. Shame!