Demise of Journalism, Part 168

The State releases national media’s desperate attempts to score an interview with the then-missing Sanford:

National media blitzed Gov. Mark Sanford’s staff, offering big ratings and, possibly, a sympathetic venue in an effort to land the first interview with the governor after his six-day trip to Argentina.

In addition, a blogger and state leaders reached out to Sanford’s office to try to coordinate a way to “push back” on the growing mystery surrounding Sanford’s absence.

The behind-the-scenes maneuvering is detailed in e-mails released by the governor’s office this week in response to The State’s request under the freedom of information act.

This (that is, the institution of journalism) is all-too-cozy with its sources to serve the public’s interests.

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