Media Watch: They’re not even pretending any more

Looking for evidence that publisher N. Christian Anderson III has utterly demolished the wall between news and opinion at the Oregonian? Check out this tidbit from political reporter Harry Esteve’s online political news roundup from earlier today:

The other theme surfacing today could be described as Republican soul-searching, as the party looks for a way to make inroads against an increasingly entrenched Democratic machine in Oregon. A Ringo Starr refrain comes to mind: “It don’t come easy.” (emphasis added)

While we know that Anderson and his handpicked editorial page editor, Erik Lukens, operate as strategists for the Republican party, Esteve is a political reporter. So how in the world could a phrase like “an increasingly entrenched Democratic machine” make it into his online post?

Expect this kind of thing to ramp up. Following the mass layoffs that were announced at the Oregonian just a few weeks ago, the few survivors will surely be under increasing pressure to toe Anderson’s party line.

Editorializing on the News Page

2 Responses to “Media Watch: They’re not even pretending any more”

  1. Steven Amick

    It’s called “editorializing.”
    I was taught in journalism school that it’s unethical to include the writer’s opinion — or that of his or her bosses — in a news story.
    When I was a reporter for The Oregonian, (1982-2005,) editorializing in news stories was forbidden. When discovered in other, less scrupulous publications, it was — and they were — despised and derided.
    Sadly, slanting stories now appears to be SOP for what once was, under the leadership of The Oregonian’s former publisher, Fred Stickel, and editor, Sandy Rowe, the finest regional newspaper in America.
    In the clutches of Anderson and Lukens, however, no more.

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