Saturday, July 18, 2009

Saturday July 18 -- Got news or an update?

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24 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Main Stream Media's March Toward Irrelevance (American Thinker)

...This present scourge of shameless bias in the MSM tends to rear its ugly head whenever there is a frenzied immersion into a particular story -- and a conspicuous and unexplained dearth of interest and serious analysis of other stories, or sometimes different facets of the same story which arguably possess equal or greater import.

A cursory review of the vast differences in treatment from the MSM between the Sarah Palin resignation and the Sotomayor hearings provides an eloquent sampling of this peculiar syndrome.

...For obvious reasons, this would be antithetical to a democracy. A biased media should be considered a virtual oxymoron, because it is a media that can not be trusted.

When a reporter -- who is duty bound to serve society by supplying information -- cannot be trusted, his profession has, in a word, become irrelevant, and at best shares commonality with other unflattering, popular social stereotypes like the used car salesman, the ambulance chasing lawyer, and the libidinous politician.

...This, in a nutshell, is the essence of bias, the terminal diagnosis of today's Main Stream Media, from which it unremittingly slouches towards a self-inflicted demise. If you listen carefully, you may even hear its last gasps as it -- slowly but surely -- dissolves into oblivion.

Anonymous said...

What caused the change?

It happened in the middle of the Nineteenth Century, with the founding of the Associated Press. The telegraph, and the AP newswire, changed the business model of the newspaper from one based on the opinion of the editor of the paper to one based on news reports from all over the country.

Suddenly all the newspapers were singing from the same hymnal - and the quirky editorials became a backwater. It is membership in the AP, and reliance on those external reports it brings (at high cost) which makes criticism of fellow reporters a taboo.

McClatchy Watch said...

The link to the American Thinker article is here.

Anonymous said...

The Bovine Comedy writes about the KC Scar’s ‘Mon2Mom’ blog. Somehow, I don’t think the Moms blogging about booze and such was the intended idea of sharing, but then with the Scar, one can never be sure.
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Star’s Mom2Mom Blog Finally Bottoms Out In Online Cesspool Of Alcoholism, Boredom, Emoticons

http://thebovinecomedy.wordpress.com/

Anonymous said...

The NYT considers foundation funding but says they would, “guard against "being influenced by any particular agenda." This article is part of the newest bullshit coming down the pike from the crazies. The liberal NYT being unbiased? Now that is a laugh. They would have to replace every journo they have.
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New York Times Considers Foundation Funding for News

The New York Times has begun considering foundation funding to help cover some of its news-gathering costs.

..would it be possible to get the kind of support that NPR does from foundations for its journalism."…

..the paper would be careful to avoid letting foundations have a say in specific coverage and would guard against "being influenced by any particular agenda."
http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=131

Anonymous said...

There might be many foundations who would fund the NYT but not because the NYT has no agenda. Rather it is the pervasiveness of their liberal agenda that might attract money from their ideological bedfellows. Independence is only a fiction anyway.
NPR for example is hardly a bastion of fairness and openness. The only difference is that they extract taxpayer money to fund their ideological perspectives from those of us who don't see things their way.

Anonymous said...

Jeff Jarvis and Howard Weaver have been involved in a spat of sorts. Howard laid the ‘F’ word on Jeff awhile back, and here they go at it again-
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-When news people lose sense-

Financial Times editor Lionel Barber predicted that “almost all” news organizations will be charging in a year just because they need to. Meanwhile, former McClatchy news exec Howard Weaver thinks that news orgs should get, oh, say, 10 percent of Google et al’s revenue because they, oh, should.
[Amazing how news people lose their sense when they talk about news.]
Jeff Jarvis- BuzzMachine

Anonymous said...

Obama trinket for sale-
The Working Families Party is a front organization, and they endorsed all the Democrats running for office. When you add up ACORN and all the Soros money people working on the sly, the deceit of the last election is overwhelming, IMO.
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We The People
OFFICIAL DEMOCRATIC BALLOT NECKLACE

Handmade from an official ballot printed for the 2008 general election, these limited-edition sterling silver necklaces celebrate the historic election of Barack Obama as the first African-American president of the United States.

The ballots featured are either stand-by ballots (used in case the voting machines break down) or absentee, military and special ballots.
The double-sided necklace showcases two parties hat supported Barack Obama: the Democratic Party and the [Working Families Party.]

Anonymous said...

Another great news man gone. Walter Cronkite has passed on. In reviewing his reporting on the news last night, it seems he was one to try to give an un-biased coverage of the issues. And many major stories he did cover too.

Anonymous said...

WTF? anon 9:27. Woops, Our Lib troll must be back.

Tell me that even the most died in the wool McClatchy lib isn't aware of just how bias kronkite was?

Anonymous said...

Comrade Walter "Tet" Cronkite. The greatest reporter that the NVA ever had.

Anonymous said...

The man, who perhaps as much as anyone, lost the war in Vietnam and wasted the lives of so many Americans, Vietnamese and Cambodians.

That Mr. Cronkite is considered the gold standard for objectivity and honesty for the news business, tells you all you need to know about the standards of the news business.

Anonymous said...

I used to watch Cronkite religiously, every night. That is, until that fateful evening he declared the war “lost” because of the Tet offensive.

We beat the ever loving crap out of the North Vietnamese, as was evidenced by General Giap’s own admission years later, and had we pressed harder, straight forward and prosecuted the war from that time forward with the intent of winning it all, we could have.

Anonymous said...

Cronkite set off the wave of anti war sentiment by his “that’s the way I say it is” bullcrap line….and he was more responsible for the denigration and waste of lives of our Military than any liberal leftist jerk protestor ever was.

I stopped watching him that night, and by the way, I never watched him again, having lost all respect for someone I mistakenly thought was a true American. It had nothing to do with ideology, or my stance on the conflict, it had to do with someone betraying a long time trust, and foisting his own opinion as though it was the thoughts of all of America.

Not that it matters, but to me, he started the downward spiral of television news by tacitly showing the left how easily the country could be swayed by slanted reporting. It’s just me….but that’s the way it was. And we all know how “that’s the way it is” now.

Anonymous said...

Publisher urged employees to be positive with the public about how "exciting" a time it is to work at the Palm Beach Post, as he talks about laying them off work.

“What we're doing this year is cutting a little more from every department to make up for a soft revenue market.” Now, doesn’t that make the employees feel better? You may be laid off, or maybe not.
See: Alex Taylor e-mail @ http://tinyurl.com/m2fvd6
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The Daily Pulp
Newspaper Layoffs: Here We Go Again
By Bob Norman
[Snip] ..he writes that this year is worse than the last and confirms there will be more layoffs. But he doesn't specify when they'll come or how many there will be (there's more suspense that way, you know). This follows news that another stressful reorganization is underway and last week's email in which Taylor urged employees to be positive with the public about how "exciting" a time it is to work at the Post, which has already been wracked by hundreds of layoffs.

Anonymous said...

Let’s not forget the man who followed in Cronkite’s footsteps – the honorable and objective Dan “Documents, I’ve got documents” Rather

Anonymous said...

I wonder what the 3 million Cambodians who lost their lives after Cronkite declared the Vietnam war was lost would say if they could.

Isn’t it curious that he said it after our overwhelming victory in the Tet offensive when the VIet Cong were on the verge of capitulating.

It kind of makes you wonder what side he was really on, doesn’t it?

Cronkite was the model for the current generation of secret traitors / America haters / communist-facists who are on the verge of crowing from the rooftops over their final victory over our country.

Anonymous said...

Can you say harry reid?

Cronkite was the model for the current generation of secret traitors / America haters / communist-facists who are on the verge of crowing from the rooftops over their final victory over our country.

Anonymous said...

“Did walter also proclaim back then that the war was lost when the Battle of the Bulge was in full swing?”

No.

But then, the USSR was on our side in that war.

Anonymous said...

Jimmy Carter with a mustache.

Anonymous said...

Newspapers NOT hiring interns? Who would think they would, as they layoff their present workforce?
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Q&A
Ask the Recruiter
Posted by Joe Grimm

Q. I am a line editor mentoring several very high-performing interns this summer, at least one of whom has completed college. For the first time in my experience, we are unlikely to hire any of the interns at the end of their stay. Do you have any advice about where or how they should be looking for jobs?
A. @ http://tinyurl.com/mbe6u6

Anonymous said...

I would guess we can expect another circus funeral for Walter Cronkite just like the one liberals put on for Tim Russert. Of course, if Cronkite doesn’t have a family member trying to enhance their own career at a funeral, like Russert’s son did, maybe not.

Anonymous said...

Don’t even start me on Dan Rather! He speaks at j-schools about the need of the media to be the watchdogs of government, and the importance of journalism to keep the American people informed about their leaders. What a crock that is, he slanted the news for years, and lied his way out of disgrace. Instead of speaking to college students, he should be talking with inmates, IMHO.

Anonymous said...

Fitz & Jen, “And speaking of love, McClatchy is getting some! Shares (NYSE: MNI) in the company are on the rise, up 2 pennies to 44 cents.”

Who ever thought that MNI stock listed as up 2 pennies, would be said to be getting some love?