Journalistic Integrity Model

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His father was a liberal giant. His brother is governor of arguably the most liberal state in the Union. He works for a center left news network. His political ideology is not a secret.

Yet, CNN New Day anchor Chris Cuomo is cut from the same fabric as those paragons of journalism, Walter Cronkite and Tim Russert.

Both icons maintained the highest level of objectivity and integrity in their reporting. While we knew their political bent, neither let that get in the way of doing the job of a free press who looks at events with an eye of neutrality and not picking sides.

This is why Cronkite was America’s favorite Uncle behind Uncle Sam. This is why Russert was the face of Meet the Press for two decades with full trust of the viewing public.

Compare this to today’s crop of journalists whom survey after survey reveals are not trusted. Today’s journalists rank far behind even the two most mistrusted presidential candidates in history.

Then there is Chris Cuomo.

Most people would accept if he slipped now and then and revealed a bit of bias or prejudice, but he does not. Instead Cuomo seems to go out of his way to uphold and maintain why the free press was enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Chris makes sure he does not become the story, but rather lets the story develop on its own. In questioning candidates and politicians of all stripes, Chris walks the line we expect of reporters unlike too many of his colleagues.

Whether liberal or conservative or moderate, whether Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or independent, all are put under the same glaring light of professionalism and transparency.

Chris is one reason I continue to view CNN. Not that I have many options with Fox News being too far to the right and MSNBC being too far left. 

There is hope left for the current cadre of journalists who have abandoned the principles on which our free press was founded.

That hope is the example of Chris Cuomo.

From the Cornfield, Chris keep up the good work and being an example for journalists everywhere in this day when too many journalists are leaving behind objectivity and integrity.

Thank you, for the breath of fresh air, Chris.

‘Fess Up, Brianna

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Each day I tune in to CNN for all the news of the day in addition to pouring over the various news feeds online.

Over this past week, I have watched as one of the senior political correspondent and fill-in anchor has gone from objective reporter to an out-and-out surrogate for one of the presidential candidates.

Brianna Keilar has been filling in for Wolf Blitzer the last week while he has been on grandpa leave during the 1 p.m. Wolf show and the 5 p.m. The Situation Room.

After her interview with Donald Trump’s Chief Counsel Michael Cohen went viral as Keilar and Cohen squared off about polls and Trump being behind, I have watched as she has dropped day-by-day all pretense of objectivity.

Brianna has turned before our eyes on the television screen from being a journalist who covers the campaign of Hillary Clinton into a full-blown surrogate and defender of Clinton.

In my other life as a print journalist, who happened to cover politics, I would have been shown the door if I had exhibited even a smidgen of the bias Brianna is showing during her interviews with Trump supporters and in talking with her panel.

Today after bringing up the subject of stories swirling, erroneously, about Clinton’s health while interviewing Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy, Duffy attempted to say there were issues to talk about, but Keilar was not having it. She kept trying to get him to talk about the health concerns until he finally gave in to her persistence.

Later in talking with the panel, Keilar defended her inquiry and wondered why Duffy did not steer the conversation to issues instead. This after she clearly would not let him do that.

Brianna, it is time to ‘fess up.

Time to admit you are in the tank for the candidate you are suppose to be covering objectively.

Question is: are you being paid by the Clinton campaign in addition to your CNN pay?

For inquiring minds, I am not a Trump supporter. I am currently leaning toward the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson.

I am not a conservative, but a moderate. I am an independent, though I usually vote in the Republican primary.

From the Cornfield, this election cycle is making more nostalgic for the late Walter Cronkite and the late Tim Russert.

Both respected journalists always maintain objectivity in every election. Both respected journalists never let their own bias or prejudice get in the way of being members of the press.