With Twitter in a furor over the latest conflicting reports on the Boston bombing investigation, a television industry executive sends the following email: While it´s a shame that credible "old media" organizations can blow something as big as this, it´s equally a shame that the twitterverse, blogosphere, etc, feels the need to dance on their graves. The snark on Twitter has reached new heights... it´s not about getting to the truth or serving the public good, it´s about who can make the wittiest joke to impress their friends.
Comments: Anonymous media executive clueless as to why the customers are complaining about their shoddy product.
The old media has to be feeling like the buggy whip industry in the last century. They hanging in there trying to be relevant to the county. In the course of doing so they hitched their wagons to Obama and his agenda so if Obama comes through,they can claim partial credit.Their biggest problem is the new media is far more accurate and believable than they are.They expend millions of dollars they don´t have competing with people who can write stories in their spare rooms.
We had an incident where I live & even though the MSM was dragging their feet identifying the suspect (probably some "sensitivity" to ethnicity issue), a woman I know on FB lived near where the crime occurred. She had his description on FB immediately. Old media - listen up...if you refuse to do your job the citizens are going to do it for you.
They are so anxious to be the FIRST to report the news, they make it up. Don´t they realize that we don´t care who reports it first; we want them to report it truthfully and we want them to report it. They were dragged kicking and screaming and silent to report on Benghazi, the Fast and Furious debacle, and the story about the murderous abortion doctor. They were too busy reporting on an unknown murderess Jodie Anias. They want nothing to do with anything that might not shed a good light on their "King".
Wait - twitter´s not about who can make the wittiest joke? Why am I following Iowahawk, Ace and Treacher then?
"Sure, we ignored the Gosnell trial, we make stories about evil white male conservatives out of thin air and we exploit the parents of dead children for our agenda. And we´d have gotten away with it, too, if it weren´t for you pesky kids on twitter!"
"But, the Fourth Estate, flawed though it is, was set-up to be a watchdog for the Republic."
But, the Fourth Estate, unfortunately, has devolved into merely being a partisan watchdog over Republicans. Democrats and other leftists are routinely given a pass. They deserve the burial they are about to receive. The Fifth Estate is still in its infancy, with both good and bad trying to establish a foothold. Eventually the wheat will be seperated from the chaffe. People are hungry for the truth, and they will go to where the truth can be found.
I agree that arrogance is their downfall. They regularly dismiss new media as childish and incapable of providing quality coverage. Yet, again and again we see that old media can´t get the story straight.
So now they don´t want their incompetence to be exposed? "People make mistakes." Indeed they do but when those people have acted so smug and superior you can bet that others are going to be thrilled to take them down a peg.
The world is changing around the old dinosaurs and before long they will find themselves extinct. Few will mourn their passing.
I was listening to Rush yesterday and he was duped again. I thought he had learned after Newtown to not report as fact initial news reports. He did it again. We are living in a herd mentality. One noise and we´re all on the run and usually in the wrong direction.
Speaking of old media, has anyone seen or heard from Bob Woodward lately? Talk about gone in a flash. And Dan Rather can take some credit for the demise of the jerk media as well--lying is going to catch up with one sooner or later.
Oh, yeah. That´s a good question, #23. We aren´t surprised, after all, since the Lefties attacked him and neutered him with alacrity.
The line about the Fourth Estate being "set-up" to protect the Republic elicited guffaws from me. For the most part, this Fourth Estate is morally bankrupt, effete, and an utter failure at performing this important function it was assigned.
FOX News is the exception... not perfect, but very good. I am thankful for them, anyway.
Breaking News is tough for the MSM to cover under their new norm... being strictly propaganda machines for the WH/NWO progressive movement.
The rules for 2013 say the MSM can´t report the name or show photo of any perps that aren´t white; When a huge event like Boston occurs... the MSM fell into their old pattern of reporting what really is happening... Until the WH miscreants reigned them in.
Perhaps some in the MSM will wake up & realize being propaganda slaves is not cool.
To add to poster #13. Yes, the fourth estate just reports on Republicans and not the Dims, but they have also morphed into active cheerleaders for any and all leftists. And they provide a horrendous amount of free media attention during the election seasons. And it´s all about how good Dims are going to be for "the people" and how mean and evil Pubies will be.
I pray that I´m still around to witness their final demise.
This is a little off subject, but you´ve all stopped reading by now. In a few weeks the Kentucky Derby will be held at Obama´s favorite racetrack, Churchill Downs. Louisville is also the home of Old Media´s Diane Sawyer, and there is a 4 story picture of her on a building just off I-65. She is still a beautiful woman, isn´t she? Im wondering who to pick for our annual party, and I´m was looking for a sign. So I think of Diane, and her 4-story sign, right there in Lousiville. And then you know what I thought? I thought of her famous toe ring. And so it came to me: pick "Gemologist" to win./sarc
The "old media" hasn´t been credible since Walter Cronkite told America we were losing the Vietnam War, despite the VietCong being virtually wiped out during the Tet Offensive. That, along with the traitor John Kerry´s lies, gave the Democrats the opportunity to do what they do best... pull defeat from the jaws of victory and abandon our allies to communist oppression.
Ahh so good to hear that they are considered the dead old media ! An old 1940´s movie once said that the difference between a reporter and a journalist was that the reporter told the story while the journalist gave their opinion of the story. All the old dead media hounds call themselves journalists for a reason.
Speaking of the dinosaurs, their rise and their demise...
The vast influence and expansion of TV news coverage was kick-started by the wall-to-wall coverage of the JFK assassination aftermath, which of course followed JFK´s skillful manipulation of his image in the televised debates of the 1960 campaign. Truly, TV elected JFK (no chance for him without it) and then deified him in death.
More than a decade later, we found out way more about the media´s coverup of all JFK´s crooked shenanigans, which all of them knew about and hid from us voters.
Along with Vietnam and Watergate, the JFK lies showed us the media was problematic and so were the treacherous lying DimWitz, with whom more often than not they are in bed.
Live by the lies and coverups to benefit DimWitz, and die by the very same things.
The MSM are propagandists and have been lying to us to advance their own agenda for half a century or a century.
The MSM cannot be trusted. And now... They cannot stand being outed.
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Another issue in the Los Angeles Unified School District´s $1-billion effort to equip every student with an iPad surfaced Wednesday: Are parents liable if their child breaks or loses the tablet? The question emerged after revelations that 300 or so students at Roosevelt High School skirted security measures on the device and visited unauthorized websites. In response, the district suspended all home use of the Apple tablets, which have gone out to about two dozen schools so far. Ultimately, officials want the iPads used at home — that´s considered a key element of their educational value. But their dollar value Headline corrected by Staff. Please proofread.
Sen. Ted Cruz has been speaking on the Senate floor for almost 19 hours, as of this post. The talk is not technically a filibuster -- he can´t actually block the Senate from going about its business -- but symbolically, it´s more or less the same thing. The point is to show one´s opposition to something through a demonstration of physical will. Which is why you can forgive conservatives for being upset with the mainstream media´s coverage of the Cruz affair. When a Democrat like Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis filibusters against abortion restrictions, she is elevated to hero status,
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