Wow. I never thought it would lead to this in the Spring when I was sending out blog-like emails to everyone in my address book.
Not coincidentally, I'd like to share another example of what I think is lazy reporting by the mainstream media in this country. What really grinds my gears is that the major news organizations have huge budgets and thousands of eager journalists-in-waiting just begging for a chance to investigate stuff, report the story, and get paid a smidgen for their efforts. The big companies could fill the 24 hour newscycle with in-depth reporting and fact finding that educates the viewer/reader far more effectively than with their fluff pieces of tabloid junk that fills the airwaves everyday. The big companies have armies of entry level folks powering the content of their websites, which are also huge. Why can't those websites be any kind of comprehensive? Is a 'read more' link really that hard to put into code?
And I'm willing to say they do sometimes hit on some good stuff. We just showed Radley Balko's piece for Fox News - Fox News for cryin' out loud. But I'd bet they didn't talk about that anywhere on the air today.
And there are those of you who would say, "We get what we ask for," but I don't think that's really very accurate. My proof? 25 million weblogs screaming for real news, and, in the abscence of it, going out an reporting real news on their own!!
But I'll get off the soapbox and get to my example. Today came the press releases concerning the Plan to Rebuild New Orleans. This is how it was covered:
Fair and Balanced/The Rigth Wing Stooge Network.
America's Most Trusted/The Liberal Atlanta Media
Wow. From looking at those two pages, I have to wonder if either news organization sent anyone there, at all, or if some desk jockey with access to the website just clicked "Cut" and "Paste."
At least MSNBC (the one SAWB says no one, not even liberals, pay attention to) had one of their guys actually write his own article. (Maybe I should say 'allegedly'.) It even looks like he called around for his own quotes. Way to go, dude.
Luckily, with the invention of the internet, we don't just have to get our news from the Monopolazy Media, we can actually search around for where these news stories are taken seriously. If its a news story about New Orleans, you can bet they're gonna be more in depth about it in New Orleans. (And I'm keeping an eye on GulfSails for the local reaction.)
I just can't wait to hear what Pops has to say about the same story once it gets run through the New York Whines...