I have no sympathy for ABC News correspondent David Wright after he was suspended by his network for comments he made to a Project Veritas investigator. Bold, underlined text is my emphasis.
ABC News has suspended veteran Washington correspondent David Wright for remarks he made that were captured on video by Project Veritas.
Wright was disciplined after higher-ups at ABC News reviewed footage in which Wright describes himself as a "socialist" and appears to criticize the network for the way in which it chooses to present the news.
“I feel terrible about it. I feel that the truth suffers, the voters are poorly informed, and people also have the opportunity to tune into whatever they want to hear,” Wright said in the video, which also features an ABC News producer.
“And so, it’s like there’s no upside, or our bosses don’t see an upside in doing the job we’re supposed to do, which is to speak truth to power and hold people accountable.”
There's more at the link.
The arrogance of those statements is astonishing. Think about it. "The job we're supposed to do ... is to speak truth to power and hold people accountable." No, it isn't. You're a bloody journalist! Your job is to report the news, not comment on it or give us your opinion of it! If the latter was your job, you'd be a commenter or an opinion/editorial writer - neither of which are reporters' positions or functions. As for "people [having] the opportunity to tune into whatever they want to hear," that's precisely what we should have. You don't get to tell us what you want us to tune into and/or hear, much less insist that we do so!
Sadly, it appears that a great many other so-called "journalists" hold similar views. Project Veritas has uncovered some of them in its previous videos. Kudos to the organization for making it clear, over and over again, that the mainstream news media is staffed and served by people pushing their own agendas, rather than impartial reporters of news as it happens. Nowadays, if anyone were to introduce themselves to me as a journalist, I'd instantly classify them as unworthy of trust unless and until proven otherwise. It's gotten that bad.
As for ABC News, along with CNN and most other mainstream TV news stations and networks . . . well, the less said about them, the better. I'll go elsewhere if I want to know what's really happening in the world.