Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Thomas Accuses Bloggers of 'Deterioration' of Journalism in Iraq War


I'll give Helen credit. She never pulls her punches. Liberal bloggers almost always elevate her to a level she may not even deserve. They sing her praises.

But stroking her has no affect on her analysis, opinions. Good for her.
Not everyone is thrilled about how new technology has changed the way news is reported. Long-time White House Press Corp member and columnist for Hearst newspapers Helen Thomas is one of those unhappy. She blames bloggers for contributing to the “deterioration” of journalism that led to the Iraq war.

“What I really worry about is that I think the bloggers and everyone, everyone with a laptop thinks they’re journalists,” Thomas said. “And, they certainly don’t have our standards. They don’t have our ethics, and so forth. There’s a deterioration,” she continued. “Reporters laid down on the job in the run up to this [the Iraq] war.”

She's right of course. Except for the laptop part. No one gave me one so I'm stuck in molasses, deteriorating, about to crash fur sure, desktop hell.

But, yes we are journalists (sort of), don't have standards (not acceptable ones), don't have ethics (killing puppies is unethical?) and we don't have her sense of style.

But we're here, damn it!

Seriously, this is pure shit. If you're a journalist you do your job despite what other journalists or even bloggers are doing. That's no excuse for fucking poor performance. Journalists should never be as lazy ass as I am. They're getting paid. Most of us bloggers aren't.

Via Business and Media Institute.

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2 Comments:

Blogger daveawayfromhome said...

Lazy ethics and corporate bias are killing journalism, not bloggers. God knows that most bloggers arent particularly objective, but the MSM is less and less so themselves, and the public knows that. I suspect that as Charles Foster Murdock and his ilk continue the erosion of the standards of the regular media, bloggers will tighten theirs, until the two have switched places as a trusted source of news. Look for bloggers to start coming together in the next decade or so, creating their own on-line news outlets (and perhaps some that are not on-line), outlets that will be far more trusted than those run by massive corporations with their own agendas.

1/09/2008 11:23:00 AM  
Blogger spiiderweb™ said...

You are spot on.

My biggest problem is sources. I tend to gravitate toward foreign news sources because the US media is so administration/corporate controlled.

I really envy the bloggers who have good, legitimate sources.

Meanwhile I work with what I have.

1/09/2008 11:08:00 PM  

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