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David Broder: Symbol of Major Media Depravity - by Stephen Lendman

Currently writing a twice-weekly Washington Post column, Broder is called America's "dean" of political journalists, having covered every presidential campaign since Kennedy-Nixon. At age 81 (ironically born September 11, 1929), his bio lists an array of awards as well as accolades like:

-- "Washington's most highly regarded columnist;

-- Best Reporter;

-- Hardest Working;

-- the high priest of political journalism;

-- the most respected and influential political journalist in the country; and

-- Least Ideological," among others.

Phew, for a man distinguished more for supporting power and privilege than delivering real journalism, the kind found nowhere in the dominant media, especially in establishment broadsheets like The New York Times and Washington Post. Both papers and their star reporters are plagued by conflicts of interest, Broder more than most. Atop the media food chain, maybe all, and it shows.

On April 27, 2007 in Media Matters, writer Jamison Foser detailed an array of harsh truths, questioning Broder's "best of the best" selection, more hyperbole than fact.

For example:

-- he calls anti-war Democrats "elitist;"

-- on October 7, 1969 he "lament(ed) that the nasty anti-war activists were out to 'break' an unfairly maligned president named Nixon;"

-- in 2005, he "touted President Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina;"

-- in 2006, he "praised Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld as 'stalwarts of economic and national security policy;' "

-- the same year he wanted journalists "to apologize to Karl Rove" for outing Valerie Plame; and

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