I'm a former full-time journalist turned journalism professor. I continue to commit occasional acts of journalism, and I retain a deep affection for, and commitment to, the craft and its ideals. That’s why it pains me to say this: The performance of the U.S. corporate commercial news media after 9/11 has been the most profound and dangerous failure of journalism in my lifetime.
These repeated failures of journalists to hold the powerful accountable should be a subject of serious discussion... If journalists don’t provide a truly independent source of news and instead routinely subordinate themselves to power -- especially in times of war and national crisis -- it’s difficult to imagine how citizens can adequately inform themselves so that they can participate in the political arena in a meaningful way.