Battle Objective Journalism - Third Dish
My third dish--in which I indulge in much bitching about the evil media--is now up for your reading pleasure. Touch it, caress it, love it. Here's an excerpt:
Your local evening news is likely a half hour of death, celebrities, weather and sound bites, with the occasional blithe consumer report or pet story. In their quest for ratings, the cable news channels have become obsessed with sensational stories about celebrities--Martha Stewart, Michael Jackson--high profile court cases--Scott Peterson--and the latest tragedies and disasters. Meanwhile, the political reporting on these stations is little more than a succession of talking heads repeating talking points, often times head to head in an effort to manufacture conflict. Pundits have become the new reporters, except that they don’t have anything of substance to say and never hold any actual expertise on the topics they are addressing. They are put forward as authoritative voices even though, much of the time, they have no greater a grasp on the events at hand than the vast majority of the viewers. They offer opinion masked as knowledge and it does nothing to further discourse or to give the public a better understanding of events.
One more dish to go and then I'm done with this battle. Next up, I'll actually write about what the media should do with itself, now that it's whored itself half into oblivion. Some major house cleaning is needed and I'm just the guy to give suggestions on how to do it.
Have I mentioned that this is turning out to be pretty fun? I kind of like writing about something a bit more substantial.