By: Caitlin Nolan
While there has always been an accusation of mainstream liberal media in favor of Barack Obama, many Republicans have begun to speculate if such accusations of a bias in the reporting of recent political developments are not without merit.
Several journalists known for their support of President Obama have been
placed on the payrolls of the President himself and the Democratic Congressional Leadership. According to a recent article in The New York Times, these new government jobs have provided material for those claiming Obama has been receiving, “unusually favorable treatment in the media.”
According to The New York Times, Richard Lowry, editor of National Review said, “It is, I think, indicative of a certain affinity. You would not have seen so many people from mainstream outfits going to work for John McCain.”
This, however, is not a one- way street. Many Republican administrations took on journalists to become part of the White House regime. Under the Bush administration, Geoff Morrell, a former ABC News White House correspondent, was hired as a Pentagon spokesman. He has since stayed on in the Obama administration.
“I think there has always been a media bias and it goes both ways,” said Jen Plaveck, a sophomore studying radio/TV/film at Marist College. “I don’t think it will really affect [people’s] chances of getting a job.”
While the press has always been accused of an occasional bias in regards of a specific political party, such a development may in turn influence future generations of journalists. Among those who have been listed as the newest members of the White House wages are journalists known for taking an objective approach to the news.
“I think the press has always had a liberal bias,” said Tom Lotito, a communications major with a journalism concentration at Marist College. “I think when people don’t see right-wing they’re going to see it as liberal. It’s something we’re going to have to face as a stigma and a stereotype in the future.”
According to an article found in The New York Times, former Times Bureau Chief and Vice President Biden Spokesman Jay Carney said, “This is a Democratic administration; we’re obviously on that side of the aisle, but I don’t see this as a partisan job at all.”
Although many may feel that this shift in positions is significant due to their previous forms of employment, it is possible that these people are truly looking for a new position. Their influence in society is something to be considered, but as a political figure, they have taken on a level of influence regardless of previous career title.
“I would never slant my writing just because I would get a check or some sort of position for it, said Kerry O’Shea, an aspiring writer studying English at Marist College. “You would like to think that’s what journalism is all about.”
According to Time Magazine Managing Editor Richard Stengel, a good journalist puts all opinions and ideologies to the side when conducting business in the “interest of objectivity.”
Time will certainly show if all concerns and questions regarding new positions in the White House were warranted or simply paranoia.