Friday, March 04, 2005

Media Whores.



I'm often sickened by "pundits" that pose as journalist on shows such as Crossfire and the McLaughlin Group. A good journalist remains unbiased and reports about the facts. Unfortunately, major media outlets have begun to use opinions in place of facts, theatre in place of sober reporting. In case you haven't seen this clip, Jon Stewart of the Daily Show was a guest on Crossfire. I loved seeing him hammer on Tucker Carlson. Surprisingly, Stewart delivered a well versed diatribe about the state of modern journalism. Media outlets need to realize that the news is supposed to be informative, not entertaining. As a public, we need to start evaluating situations based on pure facts as reported by responsible journalists. If we continue to subscribe to media hacks and their opinions, journalism will surely continue its downward spiral.

6 Comments:

Blogger thc said...

Even waaay back when I was in J-school, there was this belief that journalists could "change the world". Journalists don't exist to CHANGE anything. They exist to REPORT on it. Nice post, Vavoom.

9:49 PM  
Blogger mindful said...

That's a great point, Vavoom. And who can we look to, if we are to be saved from the media whores surrounding us? Blogs, of course!

7:59 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

Seems like Blogs are nice watchdogs over the media, but do you think we'll be able to really jerk mainstream America away from hackery such as "The O-Reilly Factor?"

2:50 AM  
Anonymous little john said...

Plain facts are boring. how would the MSM sell ads if the show was boring! I don't watch O'Reilly, does he pose as a journalist?

10:23 PM  
Blogger thc said...

And NPR and CBS and NBC and ABC and The New York Times and The San Francisco Journal and....

10:25 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

thc: How right you are. The hacks are everywhere. I used O'Reilly b/c he's the king of hack. I wish he could be sent to the "No Hack Zone."

little john: Yup, O'Reilly frequently poses as a journalist. I recall an interview he had w/ Charlie Rose where he regaled in his experiences as a journalist.

10:30 PM  

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