MediaBuzz cohost Lauren Ashburn lamented the fall of “straight reporting” to activist journalism Sunday morning, a decline put into relief by journalists allegedly inserting themselves into the story in Ferguson and openly siding with protestors.
“It’s been very disappointing to watch straight journalists taking sides,” Ashburn said, pinning the problem on journalists not coming up through the ranks of local news, as she said she did. “There’s an art to covering police, and I don’t think that it has happened to best of the ability of journalists.”
Ashburn saved the heat of her criticism for MSNBC host Al Sharpton, calling him an “arm of the government” for working with the Obama administration on race issues.
“The lines in journalism right now almost don’t exist,” Ashburn said. “Very rarely can you find straight news reporting. It’s either infotainment or activism. In this case, I just think MSNBC doesn’t care that they’re blurring the lines.”
Watch the clip below, via Fox News:
[Image via screengrab]
Have a tip we should know? email@example.com