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If you look at most black media, both online and off, you’re far more likely to see a collection of Obama baby pictures than any attempt at real reporting. And if you dare point out the misalignment of President Obama’s rhetoric with his work while in office, black media will trot out at least 10 tired and trite talking points to shut you up. Point being, black media now works to insulate the President from criticism, not on behalf of their black readers. All objectivity has gone out the window since Obama ascended to the Presidency:
by Dr. Boyce Watkins
Glen Ford from BlackAgendaReport.com wrote an insightful review of the recent appearance of Obama Administration Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett at the National Association of Black Journalists convention. Ford makes the point that the attendees at the convention were more concerned with being a part of the presidential fan club than doing the hard, objective work that comes with clear journalistic analysis.
Ford a 40-year veteran of the journalist profession, says this: “This is what often passes for journalism in Black America: an infantile obsession with the inner world of the Obamas that is wholly disconnected from the real world of economic policy, and of war and peace. Such reporters become indistinguishable from the antics of Steve Harvey, the professional media ignoramus, and the schoolyard politics of syndicated disc jockey Tom Joyner.”….