Now and again, the media does its level best to ensure the public continues to believe they are absolutely, positively in the bag for the Left.
Take, for instance, the petition to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
MustReadAlaska.com obtained the initial signature lists turned in to the Division of Elections by the Recall Dunleavy folks and – surprise! – they contained “several members of the media, including journalists, spouses of journalists, and board members of public broadcasting corporations….”
Everybody is biased in some fashion, but those in the media who are commenting or reporting should think twice about what signing petitions to remove people from office says about their objectivity in weighing stories and commentary about that very subject.
The lists contain the usual suspects, including disgraced former Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, who abandoned former Gov. Bill Walker’s re-election campaign for reasons never fully disclosed because the media, oddly, gave him a pass.
Of course, members of the media have every right to sign petitions, put political signs in their yards and do whatever they feel is necessary to play a role in our democracy. Professionals, on the other hand, do not parade their biases for all to see because it endangers their work.
We have said it before and will say it again: Take anything the media offers with a grain of salt. Even our commentaries. The recall petition lists make that very clear.