The problem with Randy Cohen's thinking is that the news media is a powerful position that can very definitely influence where America goes. I believe Randy Cohen knows his power, has a position and produces propaganda that supports his position.
Propaganda is not truth, because it presents only one side of a story by including certain information and excluding other information..
I believe Randy Cohen would present only negative stories about the Boys Scout because Randy Cohen supports homosexuality. I believe Randy Cohen would present only negative stories about the Catholic church because Randy Cohen supports abortion. I believe Randy Cohen would present only negative stories about Christians, Conservatives and Republicans because Randy Cohen supports homosexuality and abortion.
Since Randy Cohen is not presenting truth, but rather position and belief, he should not be employed as a news journalist, but rather as an opinion journalist. As a private citizen Randy Cohen can do anything he wants, but not as a journalist.
Maybe news anchors need to start each broadcast by stating, "I am an Atheist, who hates Republicans, now on to the news".
I believe that everyone in America has an opinion, thus the only real way to present news is to have two or more people present their opinion on every news story. The PBS NewsHour is doing this with most issues they discuss.
PS: Maybe I should have started this discussion by stating I am a Christian, Conservative, Republican.
By Bill Dedman
Updated: 5:08 p.m. ET June 25, 2007
TV reporter who supported candidate is out, Cartoonist also let go, and newspaper drops column by Times ethicist
Reporter Calvert Collins, right, is no longer working at an Omaha TV station. MSNBC.com published on Thursday this photo from Facebook.com of her posing with Democratic congressional candidate Jim Esch. She was listed in federal records as giving $500 to Esch, and she urged her friends to vote for him.
The Ethicist - Randy Cohen
Randy Cohen, who writes "The Ethicist" for The New York Times, says donations to MoveOn.org should be allowed if it's OK to give to the Boy Scouts or the Roman Catholic Church. The newspaper in Spokane, Wash., decided on Thursday to drop the ethics column of Randy Cohen, who writes "The Ethicist" for The New York Times. The paper had been scheduled to begin carrying the column this weekend.
"Had he been a Spokesman-Review staff member, he would have faced suspension, at least, for his misstep," editor Steven A. Smith explained. "So, we're dropping the column. We'll look elsewhere for a publishable ethicist."
Cohen had given $585 to MoveOn.org in 2004, when it was organizing get-out-the-vote efforts to defeat Bush. Cohen at first told MSNBC.com that he thought of donating to MoveOn.org as no more out of bounds than giving to the Boy Scouts.
"We admire those colleagues who participate in their communities — help out at the local school, work with Little League, donate to charity," Cohen said in an e-mail. "But no such activity is or can be non-ideological. Few papers would object to a journalist donating to the Boy Scouts or joining the Catholic Church. But the former has an official policy of discriminating against gay children; the latter has views on reproductive rights far more restrictive than those of most Americans. Should reporters be forbidden to support those groups? I'd say not."