I’m proud of Mayhill Fowler, and I respect her. Journalists, both mainstream and citizen, should be praising Fowler for maintaining her integrity and independence. Even though she wrote for the Huffington Post, a known liberal website, she did not let partisanship get in the way of reporting the facts. The truth. A quote written in an article by James Rainey that appeared in the LA Times sums up my sentiments perfectly. Off the Bus project director Amanda Michel said, “If you are going to be a journalist, you can’t favor one candidate over another.” Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the same attitude for many journalists. It appears that the majority of political journalists have come down with a severe case of “insider syndrome.” They feel entitled to write only good and approving remarks about politicians if they’ve been invited to a special and private event. They don’t want to scorn the person who has granted them the coveted insider positions. But Fowler did not succumb to insider syndrome. The event where Obama made the remarks about small town Americans being “bitter” and “clinging to guns or religion” was closed to mainstream journalists. Therefore, Fowler definitely must have felt privileged to be reporting at the event, but she did not let any feelings of gratification or duty to the administration prevent her from criticizing the president. Her actions and reporting is commendable in my eyes.
In a different article written by James Rainey but published in Politics now, the writer said, “Unlike traditional journalists, she openly reported her preference for Obama (while she occasionally tweaked him for arrogance or elitism).” This statement highlights the significance of transparency and how it can propel honest and insightful journalist.
I was previously unfamiliar with Fowler breaking the story of Clinton’s nasty comments directed at Vanity Fair writer Todd Purdum. Even though Clinton did not realize Fowler was a journalist, he should know that technology today can record his statements and upload them to youtube in a minute. Nonetheless, Fowler said her recorder was in clear view the entire time. What did Clinton think she was going to do with the recording? Listen to it for her own personal amusement? She caught a candid moment with the former president that unfortunately did not highlight his pleasant demeanor, but nevertheless all politicians must be accountable for their words and actions.