Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?

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  1. Annie
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    Yep, there are Democrats that see the problem with the media:


    Meridian Magazine:: Ideas and Society: Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?

     
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    How true.

    I'm surprised this cat hasn't been on FNC. Or has he?
     
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    It really is amazing. I can remember sitting in class and looking at all the examples of biased reporting. Today it ALL looks like that. Yes--journalism has sold out. Possibly the biggest rip off of Americans in decades.
     
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    Yep. Called it yellow journalism. Cherrypicking facts and painting one-sided stories. Now you have to read at a minimum both sides and pick out the common denominators to get even an idea.

    Well, that is if you want to actually know what's going on. A whole LOT of people don't.
     
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    Journalism is dead. Sean Hannity says all the time that 2008 will go down in history as the year that journalism ceased to exist in America. I say the media ceased to be objective with the advent of Walter Cronkite.

    Side note: I wonder if this is the same Orson Scott Card who wrote "Ender's Game" and "Speaker for the Dead". Gifted writer, that guy.
     
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    I've always thought that this trend towards biased journalism is a by-product of 24-hour news and media proliferation.

    How many more ways are there nowadays to access news, compared to say 20 years ago, or even 10? More competition means each news provider has to come up with the big stories to get the ratings / readership that brings in the advertisers.

    However in the absence of getting the Woodward and Bernstein-style scoops, some news organisations take a different approach or approaches:

    - Finding a sizable audience and telling it what it wants to hear / what it is predisposed to agree with
    - lying or, at best, exaggerating to the point that the line between that and a lie ceases to exist
    - finding non stories and getting a convenient pundit or set of 'experts' to comment or debate to give the impression that it is actually a bona fide news story

    We're all being robbed by this process. Things that should be debated are drowned out by other non stories, simply because they are more controversial and will therefore pull in bigger audiences.

    Just as worrying is the fact that the political machines know how this game is played, and are playing it as well as any.

    And they wonder why so many people have lost interest in politics, and why so many others make up their minds based on feelings of anger about personal issues rather that on concern about political ones.

    For many, this election will see millions voting for one guy whose policies they are unclear about purely because the other guy is a "pinko" "muslim" "terrorist" or a "fascist" "warmongering" "christian fundamentalist" and they'd "see you in hell before ever voting for that sonofabitch".
     
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    Silence wanna lick?

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    oh please stop this whining and bitching about how unfair and untruthful the media is. You only complain now because you feel it's against your side.

    Having just watched a documentary on how the media played a crucial role in the "special investigations" into Bill Clinton's sex life I have zero sympathy for the righties who are now having to deal with the slanted media bias.

    News stopped being news when they started taking talking points from people with an agenda to push and started reporting that as facts.

    There is very little unbias news coverage, even on CNN and CSPAN. It's ridiculous but it's even more ridiculous to think that somehow NOW, it's so offensive and tainted.

    it's been that way for quite a while. Its just temporarily swung in the other direction, for now. Get over it... you'll have your day in the sun again where the media will be sucking on the tit of the right and you'll be right back in your happy place again.
     
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    You are assuming.
     
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    You missed I'll assume who the 'bitching' was from? Not a conservative...
     

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