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"Alexandrovna on Bloggers, Ethics and the Death of the MSM..."
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COMMENT #1 [Permalink]
said on 2/21/2005 @ 12:23 pm PT...
Remember when the MSM was run like Raw Story? Before they became the "controlled" MSM?
COMMENT #2 [Permalink]
said on 2/21/2005 @ 1:28 pm PT...
Bradblog is slow today. I hope it means that you're getting lots of visitors and I hope they are leaving donations for you.
COMMENT #3 [Permalink]
said on 2/21/2005 @ 1:45 pm PT...
great idea. The MSM and investigative journalism has died. THe last breath of it is 60 Minutes and look what they've had to endure. Compare them to Dateline and it's a joke. CBS needs alot of support from us right now.
I am constantly amazed when I come across old news exposes done in the 70's and 80's. They're fascinating. Now you surely can't say that when you come across an old episode of Knots Landing or Charlies Angels, you are "fascinated", but the investigative journalism is Unreal. Would we ever see a report today on Rev. Moon, his ties to both Bush 41 and 43 and many other Republicans in Congress, along with all the 100's of millions he has sent to North Korea, not to mention his funding of Falwell, not to mention he is an ex convict, also is owner of the Washington Times newpaper which loses 1 BILLION annually? THIS IS A STORY! A great story right? Where's the press? Consortium has some great articles on Rev. Moon. (http://www.consortiumnews.com/archive/moon.html)I mention this because I do remember a television piece done back in the 80's that was fantastic. It makes todays investigative journalism look like Sesame Street. Just this past month I luckily came across two other great old television investigative reports. One by Bill Moyers done on "THe Secret Government", the story of the start of our shadow government that sides heavily with the Republican party and was born with the NSA and the CIA. By the look of Moyers, I would guess it was done in the early to mid 80's. The other was a piece on the Religious right-wing and their ties and influence to the GOP, shot in 1982 that was plain masterful. Falwell, Robeson, Robertson, etc. The second piece can be found at http://www.theocracywatch.org/audio-video.htm and is a MUST SEE. Hard to believe it was done 22 years ago! How low our media has sunk and how low our society has sunk to allow it. Anyone who may come across or know of a website that features old real political investigative television journalism, please go to my blog link and post it for me. I would appreciate it.
COMMENT #4 [Permalink]
said on 2/21/2005 @ 1:55 pm PT...
Happy to help with editing. That's my bag!
COMMENT #5 [Permalink]
said on 2/21/2005 @ 2:13 pm PT...
It is interesting that a presumption of distinction between MSM and blogs is intrensic to the sentence structure she uses.
She says "The Web is also a hot-bed for disinformation, which diarists might spread unknowingly."
Like the MSM is not a source of disinformation? Hell, the very foundation of MSM is to play make-up artist for the fascists and conveyor belt into the minds of the public for advertisers. Yea, yea, yea ... I know, somebody's gotta do it.
And she steps up to the plate and says: "Right, but you are talking about a fourth estate so corrupt and bloated with corporate driven identities that all ethics questions and/or responsibilities are a moot point. That is why the independent press is so essential, as it is the only real fourth estate left."
Exactly. The truth does not have any particular container, color, or nationality. It is a free spirit out there for anyone to report. MSM is only one player ... the toy of the powers that be.
The MSM's main claim to fame, "full and accurate news", is the real lie upon which the current myth puked out to the consuming public rests.
The only difference between the MSM and the blogosphere is that both the truth and the lies can be published more quickly and broadly in the blogosphere.
The wingnut arm of the blogosphere is rapidly narrowing the distance between MSM content and blog content, while we here and similar sites are increasing that distance ... until they return to their duties and senses.
COMMENT #6 [Permalink]
said on 2/21/2005 @ 6:08 pm PT...
Wasn't it only last Friday that we were thinking of sending roses to Anderson Cooper? Did anyone else watch or hear his broadcast tonight? With great sneering innuendo, and one source, he pretended to debunk ALL 9/11 "conspiracy theories" by addressing just one aspect (and wrongly presented at that) of the whole suspect scenario. Save those roses (or inject them with poison).
Friday's Gannon/Guckert piece must have been a hook for reeling us in.
COMMENT #7 [Permalink]
said on 2/21/2005 @ 6:37 pm PT...
COMMENT #8 [Permalink]
said on 2/21/2005 @ 7:13 pm PT...
I'm beginning to feel in the end stages of suffocation down here. Not a single public thing is what it seems and no one in a position of authority appears to care. No wonder this country is turning out little brownshirts by the thousands.
COMMENT #9 [Permalink]
said on 2/21/2005 @ 9:42 pm PT...
This is really nothing new. Journalism has ALWAYS been about seperating fact from fiction. And people have made up stories entirely for money, attention, and sensational thrills forever. From the days of the town crier. It's a massive game of telephone and by the time the information gets completely passed around it is far from the original story. History is largely fiction. We live in a fictional reality, really. We love and follow fantastic stories to compensate for the usual lack of drama and excitement in our ordinary lives.
It is really our responsibility to sift through the spewed out verbiage, and come to our own conclusions, if we are searching for truth.
And one should always read between the lines.
Until the whole society grows up and becomes politically curious and aware, instead of following fluff, crime, and what celebrities are wearing and what their bust size and weight are, we are stuck in this madness.
COMMENT #10 [Permalink]
said on 2/22/2005 @ 7:18 am PT...
And to think all they used to show us on TV at school were Guidance movies about having your period.
COMMENT #11 [Permalink]
said on 2/22/2005 @ 7:27 am PT...
Teresa #9. Yep.
Such is life in the comfort zone honey. The comfort zone is an extension of the individual's principles.
A narrow comfort zone is indicative of a narrow zone of principles.
In other words, in that world view, there isn't much to fight for except the comfort zone.
Wasn't it Pontius Pilate, deep within the vortex of power, that is reputed to have said "What is truth"?
Kinda like Scotty saying "What is a journalist"?
COMMENT #12 [Permalink]
said on 2/23/2005 @ 8:11 am PT...
Homeland Security wants to train journalists not to report. Raw Story had a link to a story where they had placed employment ads (since removed) to hire journalists.
I think the wingnuts should pick up on this and "get a real job" as the prez suggested to Mike Moore.
They could come out of the closet and work for the government propaganda machine out in the open, instead of from in the propaganda closet.