07 March 2010

So Simple Even A Reporter Should Be Able to Figure It Out

This is what I wonder. I wonder if there are any journalists left in the United States, and if there are, WHERE THE HECK ARE THEY? (pardon me for shouting) Allowing blatant lies -- not prevarications or hedges, but blatant, bald-faced lies --to not only pass unquestioned, but to be repeated as Gospel ad nauseam (and it doesn't take much of the regurgitating to ad my nauseam) is as closely related to being a journalist as I am to being a String Physicist (and the closest I get to String Theory is the TV show Big Bang Theory (Bazinga)).

UPDATE: Nicole Belle, over at Crooks and Liars, has posted about Craig Crawford getting fed up with "point of view reporting" and quitting MSNBC. She ends her piece with this:

I do think that collectively we're reaching a form of critical mass on being tired of opinion media masquerading as journalism. There will always be a certain percentage of the population that needs their pre-conceived notions reinforced, but by and large, Americans don't trust "journalists" any more, with reason. And this stand of Crawford's--as contradictory as it appears on its face--may be another crack in the dam.

I agree totally with the ending clause of the penultimate sentence, and hope the dam bursts soon -- but there's no way I'm going to hold my breath.


Jennifer said...

Insert clever comment about strings and nauseams here.

FriĆ°vin said...

String Cheese Incident.

KarenB said...

I am missing the daily words of wisdom.

The Cunning Runt said...

As Adrian Belew once penned, "Don't hold your breath, It'll make you blue."

American journalism appears to have died a quiet and painless death, leaving in its wake a feeble approximation of its former self.

I pity our children, who are likely to think that this is real "journalism."

lisahgolden said...

It's true, most people don't even recognize that, in regard to "news," there's a difference between fact and opinion. Oh, they think they know, but they think it's better to "balance" out the truth with a lie and think that's journalism.