Here is the link to Part II of Michael Massing’s look at the state of journalism today. In his previous article (see the link in the previous post), Massing looked at the external pressures placed on today’s media. With this article, he looks at journalism from the inside out. (Both were subjects in my master’s thesis). It’s an interesting read.
"For many reporters, the bold coverage of the effects of the hurricane, and of the administration’s glaring failure to respond effectively, has helped to begin making up for their timid reporting on the existence of WMD. Among some journalists I’ve spoken with, shame has given way to pride, and there is much talk about the need to get back to the basic responsibility of reporters, to expose wrongdoing and the failures of the political system," writes Massing. "Will such changes prove lasting?"