Thursday :: Mar 27, 2008

Seasoned Journalists Aren’t Worth Reading


by paradox

In one of the most heartening stories of the century Brian Stelter of the New York Times illuminates two critical modern American cultural developments: the construction of an alternate political media to the foul insulting cesspool of American “journalism,” and a joyful spike in participation for those who throw off the stifling shackles of trying to process political media solely through sick political outlets like the New York Times.

“The habits suggest that younger readers find themselves going straight to the source, bypassing the context and analysis that seasoned journalists provide.”

Too bad there wasn’t any context and analysis of Bush spying on Americans before the 2004 election, for younger and all readers were deliberately kept in the dark as the New York Times simply hid the story. Just like they deliberately killed the story of the expert photo analysis of Bush’s funny backpack and wires under his suit during the 2004 debates.

When readers get lied to by deliberately hiding or obfuscating critical information they damn well will go straight to the source and of course bypass the lying sycophants who obviously never took an ethics course to get that oh-so-professional journalism degree. Get a clue, American journalism, it has nothing to do with fun technology and everything to do with revulsion to being lied to.

Americans have always been great writers, and now that they can publish globally for pennies they routinely match or exceed anything that professional writers can accomplish. Just look at these excellent sports journalism stories from a completely ordinary American, written and photographed because he could.

Americans like talking about politics, they like taking care of their country and they’re frantically worried, rightly so, after Bush has catastrophically screwed up for seven years. They don’t like the deliberate debasement of all of us by horribly offensive columnists writing about the hair of candidates. Endlessly, in the New York Times, of course.

Quite naturally when citizens aren’t lied to and daily debased by war cheerleaders their participation rates go up. The participation rates among the young have shot up because they use the new technology more and enjoy life without liars and masters of offensive trivia. What a concept.

Even with very crude equipment and streaming technology citizen video explodes over the political journalism landscape, and it’s to be fervently hoped that soon the charlatans in teevee land will get the message their lies don’t work either as alternate amateur broadcasters organically spring out of the web—think Current on http, not cable.

That day can’t come soon enough, nor the cessation of snotty condescension from clueless jackasses who are precisely responsible for their own demise and diminishment. Citizens may have built an alternate media because they like to, yes, but they never would have tried to do it so frantically fast if they hadn’t watched the country get wrecked by hair writers at the New York Times.

We haven’t forgotten. We won’t forget. We will find the truth, not surprising on very few occasions at the New York Times. Get lied to often enough and one won’t even bother to look; pretty hard to deliver the truth when no one trusts you to.

Maybe one day the New York Times will grow up enough to get it. Maybe.

paradox :: 6:24 AM :: Comments (13) :: Digg It!