Thursday, March 6, 2008

J School Grads

I write in this blog, sometimes, not as often as I like, but I do write. When I do, I find articles that back up any point of view that I am attempting to portray. Occasionally I find one that does not back up my story and I include it as a link to show the other side. Most of the time, showing the other side proves my point, but I am showing the other side in the discussion. I did not graduate from j school, I am a person that likes to write. Imagine my surprise when I came across this post at LGF. It is about how the Society of Professional Journalists wants j school grads to force the American public to accept a version of Islam that is just not true. If you do not want to go to LGF, here is the article in question by itself.

LGF is claiming that these guidelines were written in 2001, the October after the attacks on America by Muslim Terrorists, one of the phrases in the guidelines that j school grads should avoid using. Huh? What the heck is that about?

"Avoid using word combinations such as "Islamic terrorist" or "Muslim extremist…"

I couldn't make this stuff up, we all think it sometimes, that the media avoids telling us stuff, but here it is, a professional group telling those in the group to lie. It would be like a professional stone masons group telling us to pretend that granite and sandstone had the same qualities, to not mention that one building was granite, or to simply ignore that building were made out of stone at all!


Oh, and when I went to the home page of the SPJ, I found this, which I will copy and paste with the link…it is so freakin' hypocritical, unreal, impossible. One part of the site is telling j school grads to lie and other telling them that:

The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.

To ensure that the concept of self-government outlined by the U.S. Constitution remains a reality into future centuries, the American people must be well informed in order to make decisions regarding their lives, and their local and national communities.

It is the role of journalists to provide this information in an accurate, comprehensive, timely and understandable manner.

It is the mission of the Society of Professional Journalists:

— To promote this flow of information.
— To maintain constant vigilance in protection of the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press.
— To stimulate high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism.
— To foster excellence among journalists.
— To inspire successive generations of talented individuals to become dedicated journalists.
— To encourage diversity in journalism.
— To be the pre-eminent, broad-based membership organization for journalists.
— To encourage a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely.



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