Friday, January 13, 2006
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I'm asserting that you should read this
The Project for Excellence in Journalism, an institute affiliated with Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has released its State of the News Media 2005 online.
Here's a link to the executive summary, in which five trends are delineated. Here are two of them:
There are now several models of journalism, and the trajectory increasingly is toward these which are faster, looser, and cheaper. The traditional press model—the Journalism of Verification—is one in which journalists are concerned first with trying to substantiate facts. It has ceded ground for years on talk shows and cable to a new Journalism of Assertion, where information is offered with little time or attempt to independently verify its veracity. Consider the allegations by the “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth,” and the time lag of weeks required in reporting to find the claims were unsubstantiated. The blogosphere, while adding the richness of citizen voices, expands this culture of assertion exponentially, and brings to it an affirmative philosophy: publish anything, especially point of view, and the reporting and verification will occur afterward in the response of fellow bloggers. The result is sometimes true and sometimes false. Blogs helped unmask errors at CBS, but also spread the unfounded conspiracy theory that the GOP stole the presidential election in Ohio. All this makes it easier for thoseI'll leave the assertive responses to this report to the commentators. posted by Dan on 01.13.06 at 12:01 PM
The idea that there is a rise in partisanship is a disingenuous dig at blogs, fox, etc. In fact reporting is, and has always been partisan. Just take a gander at news reporting in 1862. Only recently has the idea that reporters are paragons of neutrality been some kind of sanctimonious priviledge of those who think they know what is better for me than I do therefore what is best is neutral and objective. This is a farce.
Just let reporters and anchors, and the lot let us know where they stand. Then they can go ahead and put their message any way they want and we can be informed and filter any way we want.
Until this occurs reportage credibility will continue to slideposted by: Epaminondas on 01.13.06 at 12:01 PM [permalink]
I agree with the first comment here...
It is said:
"The overwhelming majority of Americans say they prefer an
Yes, we'd like that ideal, but the liberal news media kept creating a myth that they met that standard. Nope, they weren't even close, and once-biased-but-reasonable news outlets like the New York Times have become near-self-parodies of liberal bias day-in and day-out. No wonder their credibility and stock price are both way down.
The internet and competition is a good thing. It has exposed the MSM's underlying flaws.
"Just let reporters and anchors, and the lot let us know where they stand. "
Yup. We now KNOW where they stand, thanks to blogs, media critics and alternative venues for news, it's become crystal-clear on a case-by-case basis. This doesnt 'create partisan news' it merely reflects opening up things that were under the
It's time for them to simply admit the reality and end the farce that most of these outlets are not biased. They are.
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