Journalism is the act of compiling, editing, and presenting the news. Journalism exists in many mediums, from the traditional print forms (magazines, newspapers) to television and, particularly in the last five years, internet forms. Youtube journalism has particularly picked-up in the 2008 elections, focusing on candid moments with canidates
In recent years, some newspapers have developed a liberal bias. This is a general trend and is not true of many noted publications. Some noted commentators, such as Ann Coulter have particularly targeted the New York Times.
My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building. -Ann Coulter
The New York Times has had a history of reporting news that has tended towards a liberal bias, particularly in the context of good wars. For example, reporters on the ground who witness all forms of death and destruction may think that the Iraq War is going poorly. This is not always the case when one looks at the big picture. Former Secretary Donald Rumsfled had a hard time convincing reporters that the war was going smoothly and that the United States was making progress because of this. Rumsfled could also not disclose war strategy, the end result was confusion amongst the press corps who viewed Rumsfled (unjustifiable) as incompetent. However, despite the many accomplishments in Iraq, reporters have always tended to report the sensationalized parts of Iraq, like the death toll or car bombings or IED's.
Youtube and Blogger Journalism
Journalism in recent years has evolved into various forms of advocay journalism. "Spinning", or the act of twisting objective news to meet a particular agenda has become increasingly commonplace. As a result, journalists like Bill O'Relly are a welcomed addition to "de-spin" news. However, there are many noted examples of journalists like Edward R. Murrow, Bob Woodward and Keith Olberman that continue to deceive their audiences.
From the ashes of traditional forms of journalism, emerged digital journalism. A movement of primarily young people to flatten the presentation of news. The most famous example of youtube journalism is the "Macaca Incident." During the 2006 midterm election, Senator George Allen referred to a young man of Indian descent as a "Macaca." Many liberal press junkets believed that video that the Indian man had taped was true and that Allen had actually used the racial epithet. The video was placed on the popular website, youtube.com.