Tuesday, May 31, 2005

DEEP THROAT OUTED

From Vanity Fair; Confirmed by the Washington Post.

Why many of us over 30 got into journalism.

Now the debate is raging over unnamed sources.

46 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad it motivated you to get into journalism. Too bad most of you've forgotten what journalism is supposed to be about. Hopefully the outing of Deep Throat will awaken you from your slumber.

Flame me all you want, I'm tired of the media not doing their job.

In today's political and corporate climate, could you see a similar event happening?

Wednesday, June 01, 2005 2:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Carl D said...

I agree with the above post. The US media at this point is complicient in the lie. Those in the industries jobs are more inportant then the truth. If the profession had any dignity left they would be walking out on the major outlets on mass. Instead they play the game giving credibility to groups and players that shouldn't have any all for their own self interest. No one has failed the country over the last few years more then the people that make up the US media.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005 7:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous2 said...

Journalism isn't about journalism anymore. It's about vacuous soundbites, face time, and shallow headlines in the name of quantity.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005 7:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So all you newsroomies out there are you going to defend yourselves or roll over as usual?

Wednesday, June 01, 2005 7:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Journalism and Television are mutually exclusive. Life cannot exist in a vacuum.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005 8:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen! Mark Felt would be at GitMo under W's rule.

As a former "big dog" in PDX newsrooms, I am shocked, saddened and dismayed at our Foxy Nudes-like Lapdog Media. Woof!

If the media was half as liberal as the Repuglicans say, the whole world would know President Bush's top abortion advisor, Neal Horsley, is into having sex with animals. It's on tape at www.alancolmes.com.

I challenged the Big O to publish it. They are cowards.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005 8:56:00 AM  
Anonymous none of your business said...

The happy lesson to be learned from Watergate is that Republicans always go too far.
Someone (could have been Stalin) said that a lie repeated enough times becomes the truth.
What we have to do, every single day, is make sure that what we bring to the public is the truth. From reporting on a glass-flipping bartender to the crimes of a president, if each of us reports the truth, doesn't swallow talking points without question, and each of us...just do out jobs honestly, we might hold back the tide.
Yesterday's presidential news conference was an example of the opposite. Does anybody know why NOT ONE SINGLE repoter asked about the British memo? Even "Mr. President do you have a comment?"
With a business full of people on the make, cowards and fools, you would do well to examine yourself and make sure you're not one of those.
Today is the day to celebrate the brave reporters who covered Watergate.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005 9:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please use the correct language, It's British Minutes. Memo is not accurate and implies its an opinion of the memo writer. This is much bigger then a memo. Not that the public would know since the US media seems to still be waiting for the WH to provide them with the correct spin.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005 10:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Gray said...

I started off with high hopes for this blog, but as it has degenerated so quickly into name-calling and belligerence, I'm tuning out. Reasonable discussion isn't possible with people whose minds are made up before the conversation starts.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005 11:19:00 AM  
Anonymous open-minded said...

gray, what a smart comment. I hope others read it and think about their comments while coming in to this blog with an open mind.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005 11:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Simp said...

Gray,

You call it belligerence, I call it anger at the percieved failure of the media.

I find it mildly amusing that you come here and complain about the lack of substantive discussion without trying to add something of substance to the disscussion. Also, the majority of comments are without "name calling" and have some real questions/issues raised.

Conversation starting? Look at when the post was made... 20 hours ago. First comment was made 11 hours later. I'm all for reasonable disscussion. But no one on the "inside" seems to want to speak up. So I must assume that while people may have alltruistic intentions for getting into journalism, they seem content being a coorporate tool.

I, too, have hopes for this blog. While I understand that the author is really intending to be able to discuss, openly, "insider" issues, I hoped it would also openly address some of the obvious failures. Which, in turn, moves to a constructive conversation on realistic ways to address issues. Sadly no, a real issue is raised and all we hear is *crickets* from the insiders. The silence speaks volumes.

Was the author hoping for a few personal stories waxing nostalgic about the days of unbridled optimism about doing real journalism? If you guys really want to circle around and talk about who did the best "reporting" of who looks best, who sounds best, and that cutting edge "Runaway Bride" coverage... all the power to ya. But in an open forum expect people to look for accountability as well.

BTW, "Unions in Newsrooms" is a great post/topic, the ratings are interesting and perceptions of individual outlets is enlightening.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005 12:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deep Throat wasnt "outed". He outed himself.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005 12:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the Guardian UK "Yet none of that detracts from the achievement of the two reporters, who had the guts to confront a government that held itself above the law."

Today's insiders don't even have the courage to defend themselves on a blog.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005 12:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gray? gray? there's only one gray. they still stop me on the street and ask if i'm you.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005 2:31:00 PM  
Anonymous none of your business said...

What's wrong with name calling?

Wednesday, June 01, 2005 2:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"But no one on the "inside" seems to want to speak up. So I must assume that while people may have alltruistic intentions for getting into journalism, they seem content being a coorporate tool."

... Or maybe they're just too busy doing their jobs to be reading blogs and commenting on them. Ever had to deal with daily deadlines? They're a lot of work.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005 2:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Downloading AP stories must be exausting.

Something I always wanted to know, How is it that all three major channels each day, every day, all year can all have the same stories daily? If they are independent what are the odds?

Wednesday, June 01, 2005 3:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

stations try very hard to have the same difference.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005 7:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Meremark said...

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All the anti-hero-worship stories here of how careers were inspired and life-courses were guided are really exciting to share in. I love this blog. I can't wait to read everyone's story of the investigative assignment not done or botched or that could'a should'a would'a been bomb enough to blow up into personal celebrity or political revolution. But ...

... whatever the case, however the astute, wherever it was, whenever, why it matters to one and all -- it ain't happenin', never was, and ain't gonna happen. Because you'all working-stiff broadcast boothers and newspaper sleuthers don't know squat. (As Al Franken -- who don't know squat -- said today about the Talkers Magazine writer who wrote a prelude to Iraq arrival as an embed. "He don't know squat.")

You are clueless. Yo' momma raised a fool. The first evidence is you didn't 'get' math and science in school, rather, you got degreed in Arts. And ultimately, now, you can't write 500 words right worth reading.

Let's start with a daytime story. In the Mount St. Helens silver anniversary coverage recently, nobody included reporting that the day before they caught the guy who did it. They turned up an old photo of him in his pickup loaded with a ton of dynamite going up the Cowlitz River highway just a week before the mountain blew. They went back through contemporaneous license plate records and tracked him down on a farm over in Eastern Washington. The feed store in his town even had the old receipt he signed for the dynamite, supposedly "to clear stumps," dated May 10, 1980. After 25 years they finally caught him.

Now, as you can tell, this story is a great piece of instigative journalism. Complete fiction. But how'd you know?

Because you know one ton of dynamite could never blow up that mountain that way. It is an impossibility of physics, and you know it, even though you yourself couldn't calculate how much one ton of dynamite could blow up, in fact, and you have no idea how to figure how much force of energy did blow up that mountain, never minding that the number was reported for you at the time. But you just have a 'sense,' an intuitive 'artistic' sense of the amount of energy in a load of dynamite being radically disproportionate to the amount of kinetic energy M.S.H. showed you.

Okay. The moral of the story. Bottom line. Cut to the chase.

(Ya' know, Noam Chomsky became famous for offering, without proof, the bold theory that normal human genes build human brain anatomy with 'hard-wired' language (neural) tissue so that a person raised in isolation, on a desert island, say, who never heard language, would be 'talking' when you found him or her AND the 'talk' would consist of nouns and verbs. The theory proved out later. Now Steven Pinker comes along 40-some years on, and claims, [in "The Blank Slate -- The Modern Denial of Human Nature," Viking Penguin, 2002], that human genes build brains that have a hard-wired sense of physics and 'force,' and also specialized neural tissue which 'computes' for us senses of estimation and proportion. [Not that anyone reads to investigate a plotless book that documents for the first time the very crowning glory of creation.] So everybody has estimate and proportion, built in, and Arts college didn't instill it, only refined it in you. Of course, every body is uniquely endowed, so some estimate and proportionalize more or less than others, congenitally. And, since it's anatomical, it appears on brain scan images where it can be measured absolutely to tell who has proportionality, etc., and who doesn't.)

Back to ending the story, in which you weren't fooled for a minute. They didn't catch any farmer. No pickup full of dynamite blew up on M.S.H., or, if it did it wasn't enough. Besides, you happen to know a perfectly logical scientific explanation for where any unexplained eruptive force could have come from, to account for the excess difference: interior earth, it's no mystery at all.

Bottom line: With Architecture school training or Physics homework refining your sense of proportion, it is as plainly obvious that the force in a ton of dynamite is not enough to cause the M.S.H. results as it is plainly obvious that the energy force in a spilled plane load of kerosine (jet fuel) and the mass of the building times the acceleration of gravity, ( F = ma ), is not even close to enough to cause the World Trade Center results. In any one of the three skyscrapers which exploded and fell straight down onto their basements that day, 9/11. Without school exercises to have refined your sense of it, sorta the least a reporting journalist could do to get the accurate story is ask trained physicists what they figure [ http://911research.wtc7.net/papers/dustvolume/volumev1.html ]

The measurable "results," of course, is twenty square Manhattan blocks covered with a few inches of 50 micrometer dust which has reportedly contaminated several thousand people with fatal pulmonary disorders. Certainly there's a (medical) science in that, too, making journalism coverage an impossibility, I suppose. Let 'em die, no sense in reporting it or alarming the public, even if 'the public' includes you. Forget investigating culprits.

What was reported, about 3 towers imploding on 9/11, said fires melted steel girders. Which is exactly equal -- not analogous, equal -- to the physics of taking a can of gasoline, spilling it and igniting it on a railroad track, and watching the rails melt. Heck, take a whole tanker truckful and keep spilling more as the previous stuff burns -- intuition says enough heat could eventually obtain to soften the steel, (disregarding how much stronger architectural steel is than steel rails). Intuition fails what physics knows: more fuel burns longer, not hotter. All gasoline in the open burns at one peak temperature, (hotter than kerosine or paper or wood burns), and not half hot enough to weaken steel, nevermind soften it, nevermind melt it. Can't happen.

Or maybe it can, and maybe somebody blew up M.S.H. with a load of dynamite. Well, the three skyscrapers demolished by explosion on 9/11 must have collapsed from burning kerosine and paper and wood and massive gravity action, (but who can calculate such big! numbers!), since it is impossible to imagine any other logical source of explosive energy that could have been in the buildings. [ http://www.plaguepuppy.net/public_html/collapse%20update/ ]

Oh, well. Old news.

No one is going to investigate now. Besides, no investigator could match the all-time production that was able to quickly supply names (and photos) of the 9/11 hijackers when none of them were listed on any of the four boarding gate keepers' manifests of ticketed passengers which were made public, before they were confiscated and made top secret. Luckily they were all former Department of Defense employees so their personnel records were on file somewhere. The CIA says they had been employees, anyway, if you can believe that source.

But it's old news and it's not pictures. TV cannot report anything without a picture. Even if the picture is a photo of the 70-foot hole in the Pentagon, (no photo-sizing tricks where window spacings are known from public-record blueprints), with a superimposed-to-scale Boeing 757 and its 140-foot wingspan which reports said went in the hole. It must have -- there are no visible parts or scrunched debris left outside. Bottom photo, here [ http://0911.site.voila.fr/index2.htm ]. [Also there, click on I, III. IV, V.] Although you must admit, the plane don't fit, again it's old news and irrelevant amid today's news of a liar's hoax WMD-setup to invade Iraq, hundreds of thousands of deaths there, dead journalists there allegedly murdered for reporting, the price of gas, new nationalistic ID cards, a side 'crisis' in Social Security, Patriot Act-authorized abductions, Oregon's purchase of PGE from Enron's fraud-forced bankruptcy and Portland's withdrawal from JTTF control, and ... and ... there was something else ... oh, yeah, (more old news, though), the murders by anthrax letters sent to network anchors and U.S. Senators -- I guess that sure showed Congress how serious this war of terror is, and what a relief it must have been to them when the perishable unstable toxin turned out to be not foreigners' material at all, but was made in military labs in good ol' U S of A. But, as noted, old news, nothing to investigate. No sense to look here [ http://www.serendipity.li/wot/mslp_i.htm ], nor to look here [ http://www.globalresearch.org/view_article.php?aid=342536303 ]. Hey, how 'bout that Deep Throat footage! Isn't it amazing!
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Thursday, June 02, 2005 2:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Meremark said...

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There is some new news though, for budding investigators to go after looking for something to establish cred. (And I couldn't possibly mean today's Danny Schechter (whoever he is) restrospective of the way it isn't, here [ http://www.mediachannel.org/views/dissector/affalert386.shtml ].)

The oil is running out. The earth's supply is about used up. Okay, half used up, after a whole century of tooling up to today's rate of consumption. There's probably oh, twenty, thirty, years left at this rate. Of course, before any of this is debateable, one might investigate to find how much the rate of consumption is and how much known measure is still in the earth. These aren't widely reported numbers but industry insiders and experts have them available to be investigated. Big number math is just so borrring, though. 'Click' goes the sound of the channel surfers.

Journalists probably already know the numbers, and if it was important they surely would have reported it. What is the daily U.S. oil consumption? (23 million bbls. Global: 90 million bbls.) How much of its supply does the U.S. import? (14 million.) How much comes from our own domestic sources? (9 million.) How much does ANWR add when it gets going? (less than 1 million bbl / day.) And the topper: How much remains on earth? (1 trillion bbls.) Here's a good one -- how much is 1 trillion divided by 100 million (per day)? (Oh, say 10,000 days; divide by 333 days per year -- about 30 years.) What's the source of those numbers? (Well, it ain't Bush math. Answer at the bottom.)

Anyone sign a 30-year mortgage into the future recently? ( ___Yes ___No ) How long ago was Deep Throat? (32 years.) Hey, what's this all about? (Ask an investigative journalist.)

All I know is oil wells don't pump full bore to the last drop, (like sucking a waterglass dry through a straw), and then stop abruptly. They taper off, (the straw can't suck the sludge at the bottom?), and the last 10 or 20 percent is unobtainable.

Anyway, so what? So no oil means no gas. Not 'expensive gas.' No gas. No oil means no plastics. No. Plastic. No oil means no kerosine for jets, no diesel for trains and no ships hauling tropical fruit to the Port of Portland. No port? In many regions no oil means no electricity. And what might deserve more notice than the shortages in the list so far is the fact that no oil means no fertilizer and therefore no 'Green Revolution.' Back to 50 bushels of corn (grain) per acre, instead of 500 bu / A. Even if there were trucks to haul farm food to town, there's no food. Unless you grow your own.

In many respects no oil means back to 1880-ish. Think about it. In the 1880s internal combustion engines ran on oil from hemp, for example.

Before getting into an argument as to whether there is enough oil for thirty years or three hundred years, one should want to investigate the known numbers when one does not have the answers or references ready at-hand for such as the earlier questions.

And before the oil supply runs out it runs down. Gas at ten bucks a gallon in five or three or two years means someone who drives to their job can't afford to have the job. Running down means rolling electricity blackouts before permanent blackouts. Special food ships, trains, planes before none.. High priced, valuable plastics before none. When farmers can't afford fuel for tractors, there still could be some food for sale -- that few can afford.

No food except homegrown, sort of stops everything from going Mad Max, because marauding doesn't grow food. Having eggs means keeping chickens. Having milk means keeping a cow. Marauding gets you none if you lay waste to chickens and cows. Think about it. You can't eat bullets and no one who can grow food is going to trade for them.

Maybe the cities where most can survive are where abundant agriculture grows close by, like right across the street or urban growth boundary. And where water pumps run on electricity which is not generated by burning oil. Kind of gives new meaning to discussing quality of life in Portland. It's more like: Life or no life, and life has better 'quality' than being dead.

Even so, one might re-think having a child today if mass starvation is coming before the kid starts first grade. Signing a five-year car lease is risky. Some may be ready to stop living in the next five years, but not many are thinking that far ahead. Especially the zombie ones watching Good Day Oregon or something, and if no investigative journalist there reports oil numbers. Indeed, no oil sorta means no TV, no TV jobs, no broadcasting. Maybe ten dollar gas or hundred dollar barrels of oil means the same thing: no TV.

Of course, reading totally unbelievable things like I write here that you never heard before and don't really have alternative 'sourced facts' about, usually prompts a denial reaction. Ignorance is always easier than investigation. Besides, how do I get my numbers if they have not been reported in the media?

It just so happens the main part of the answer to that -- Mike Ruppert -- is in Portland giving a rare speaking engagement tonight, Thursday, June 2, 8:00 pm, Northwest Cultural Resource Center (?), (near NW 18th on Everett), if there's not a Britney Spears concert to cover or something. Ten bucks at the door.

KBOO for more information: http://kboo.fm
Portland Indy media also: http://portland.indymedia.org/
Mike Ruppert's website also: http://www.fromthewilderness.com/

Were you expecting you and your family to be alive in 2010, in today's lifestyle? Maybe check the information basis for that expectation, eh? Couldn't hurt. Might even be a story in it.

(Or simply heed whatever Anonymous consensus appears here saying they estimate it is all crazy talk. And go back to the arms of Morpheus. Sorry to interrupt the scuttlebutt.)
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Thursday, June 02, 2005 2:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Thursday, June 02, 2005 6:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kids, this is what happens when you sit next to the open gluepot all day long...

Thursday, June 02, 2005 9:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Simp said...

Anon @ 2:50pm

While I understand deadlines (i've worked under more than my share of them), using them as cover for not posting to this thread is completely bogus. Not simply for the amount of time that the post has been up, but look at previous threads and the thoughtful responses that were posted at various times of the day.

Then we get the post above (nice post btw!) and there are several decent responses.

Working under deadlines, especialy in the media, can be rough. Hiding behind it is lame.

Thursday, June 02, 2005 10:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I despise W's corrupt regime as much as any thinking person, but when exactly did that secret black CIA helicopter drop that 1950's high school physics book on your head, meremark?

The fires (dozens of them) were MORE than hot enough to melt steel and bring down the towers, according to the architects, but what do they know? They only built them.

Thursday, June 02, 2005 10:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many in the industry MUST feel ashamed. The only ones doing any real solid journalism these days are the blogs and websites. Major media is dead. If journalist had any pride they would join together and protest the shape of their industry or form new options (as a small minority have).

Thursday, June 02, 2005 10:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's obvious from some of the posts that there are those reading that would fall into the liberal category, and prefer alternative media- for the sake of conversation I'll include KBOO under that umbrella- have any of you considered that the reason that you like them is because they represent your bias'? Matt Drudge was considered alternative media, how do those of you with a liberal bent feel about him?

I'm convinced that many people posting here don't want true investigative reporting or objective journalism. They want news that represents their narrow view of the world, because it's comforting to know that someone agrees with them, regardless of their political beliefs no matter how extreme or inconsequential.

Thursday, June 02, 2005 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More exuses. Most news organizations ratings are down, Circulations is down and the media's reputation from both sides are down and all some can offer is "blame the public" Dead mean walking you and your in denial. Those in the industry have failed the country. Have a backbone and fix it or admit most in the media are nothing but press release editors and AP copiers.

Thursday, June 02, 2005 12:45:00 PM  
Blogger lisaloving said...

Actually, I get turned off from these discussions too sometimes, but it's heartening to know that SOMEBODY, somewhere, gives a dang enough to even argue about how information is packaged in this country. Besides me and Anonymous #874.

And, as a KBOO news and public affairs producer, it is my job to inform you that WE USE THE AP FEED TOO. Surprise!

Thursday, June 02, 2005 1:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous 10:43 -- The articles meremurk links to say the fires were 600 degrees and the architect standards reference books say building steel keeps over 80% of its strength up to 1500 degree. 1800 to begin to soften it. 2500 and above if you want to smelt it, more if you want to pour it

Thursday, June 02, 2005 3:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Simp said...

Anon @ 12:36,

We don't want real investigative journalism?!? We only want what fits our "narrow" view of the world?!?

Okay, without pulling out multiple examples of stories that haven't been covered in any way, biased or not, I willl simply ask about the one specific, blaring one that has been mentioned here: Why does the media refuse covering the Downing Street Memo (minutes) calling it a "non-story"? The validity of the document has been verified. The content, should be disturbing to anyone regardless of your political bent. So tell me why this is a non-story?

BTW there are much better and viable references from the right that you to use than Drudge. Drudge is simply bombastic.

There are decent, reasoned conservative arguments/dissusions to be had out there (check out Tacitus) and even a couple of blogs that I read that try to incorporate posters from the right and left (see Obsidian Wings...though it does tilt a bit left).

While you have these nostalgic feelings about the role that journalists played in Watergate, take a moment and think about how history is going to view this era of journalism.

Friday, June 03, 2005 10:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, that is correct Simp, most people want stories that fit their narrow view of the world.

I will admit to being over general when I made that statement, but many people do want so-called journalism that reflects their own views. How do you think the viewers of Fox news would respond if Fox did a hard hitting expose, claiming that George Bush lied about the Iraq war, and that he knew the so-called evidence he referenced in his reasons for going to war was invalid?

How do you believe KBOO listeners would respond to a positive story about George Bush?

In either case you would have near insurrection among the people who use those services as their information source.

I use Drudge because he was one of the first "new media" types for the right.

Friday, June 03, 2005 12:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Simp said...

All of your examples are of places that exemplify naked biased reporting. And you are right, in those places that is what people expect.

That is not what I expect from The Oregonian, KGW, KOIN, KATU, KPTV, etc.

Again I ask, what about the Downing Street Memo makes it a non-story? Why is MSM not holding the government accountable for what it says and does?

Friday, June 03, 2005 1:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me again simp...

Right, it's not what you expect from those sources, but tell me are you getting what you want? Would you honestly say that the Oregonian isn't slanted in it's coverage?

Also, I never said the Downing Street Memo was a non-story. It's a big story and their is NO excuse for the way it's being not handled.

My whole point is that it is damned near impossible to find a news outlet that isn't slanted right or left. And the reason for that is those that manage the properties disseminating the news have adopted a policy of targeting a demographic instead of covering stories regardless of whom it might make uncomfortable. Meanwhile the demographic sits passively waiting to be spoon fed the pablum that makes them feel comfortable which has been identified in advance by focus groups and consultants.

How far left or right the news swings depends on the individual outlet, or in some cases the person reporting the story.

Simp, looking back at your previous posts I agree with you more than I think you realize. I'm giving my position as to why I feel a lot of those important stories aren't being covered. My real mistake may have been using the word "we" when I said "We don't want real investigative journalism. We only want what fits our "narrow" view of the world" I should has said "most people."

Considering the sorry state of journalism today, the blame lies with the closed minded who won't accept anything beyond their own narrow biases, and the news outlets who purposely feed their ingnorance in the name of market share.

Friday, June 03, 2005 3:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is not hard to find a media outlet that does not slant the news left or right. One word: Internet. You can call it people pick and choose what they want to believe amongst what they want to read, but someone else can see it as people browsing to pick their way through the slant-censored (censorship-slanted?) items and websites to get to the source -- 'source' meaning an eyewitness account, maybe, like a blogger who lives across the street from, or works in the building where the news happened. You know, source.
Point being, people -- and their purchasing power -- pick through and skip past the bias-boosters and their sponsors to get to the news.
So if the internet is not 'media,' how come its audience is going up at the same time mainstream media audience is going down?
Point being the consultants and editors who deliberately maintain the slanted bias of their client's media product, either broadcast or press, only accomplish maintaining their existing audience. They don't 'win converts' who are changing over from some other channel (bias), nor gain new young audience (the studies show). And, ultimately, existing brand-tight audience dies, and then the brand dies. So the bias workers only maintain a decreasingly smaller group of the same demographic (except age).
Compare with the (theoretical) news media that simply tells the story, true facts -- such as the Downing Street Memo -- and lets the audience fall where they may. Theoretically, every FOX listener who gets revulsed and tunes out to go find some other channel which will lie to them to preserve their misshapen view of reality, is replaced by two new listeners tuning in to get the accurate news. This would (theoretically) be: 1) good for audience share, 2) bad for consultants trying to tell FOX (and advertisers) who the audience is at a moment in time, and 3) a channel of diverse audience, and a changing audience, and a growing audience -- all simply coming to get the news of the day and either going away in denial or staying glued to the set (or coming back) to get more tomorrow.

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