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More Media Laziness

by: jonwil

Fri Mar 28, 2008 at 23:43:58 PM CDT

The New York Times has this article about Gov. Siegelman...

In paragraph one the worthlessness appears -

"...pending his appeal of a bribery conviction that Democrats say resulted from a politically driven prosecution. "

And then he writes;

"The House Judiciary Committee has held hearings on his case, and 44 former state attorneys general, Democrats and some Republicans, signed a petition last summer urging Congress to look into the conviction."

Last I heard the letter written by former attorneys general was signed by Democrats and Republicans.  In fact it was the former attorney general of Arizona, Republican Grant Woods, that appeared on the 60 Minutes episode questioning the legitimacy of the Siegelman conviction.

Later in the article we get this;

"Democrats in Alabama were jubilant on Thursday, and Mr. Siegelman’s lawyers took the appeals court order as a rebuke to the government’s position that there was no basis for the ex-governor’s challenge to his conviction."

What is the likelihood that there are no Republicans that were happy about Gov. Siegelman getting a chance at justice?  

A lady at my work was telling me an unlikely story the other day.  I said to her that it was hard to believe something as outlandish as that story was.  She then stated with absolute conviction, "It is true, I read it in the paper."

It is sad that after spending decades earning the respect and trust of its readers that the media in this country would totally disregard that tradition and their duty.  Years ago, an industrious person with a printing press and desire to seek truth established newspapers nationwide.  These were people in the trenches that understood their readers and could relate to them in a direct way. 

Today there exists a total disconnect between the readers and writers of main stream media.  There is a total lack of engagement with the everyday people the media should be representing.

I will not even try to go into the various reasons that the lack of engagement and disconnect has come about.  I will only say that now is the time when we become the industrious  people and fill that void created by the lack of truth and integrity in reporting.


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You're right about the MSM, jonwil (4.00 / 1)

And I think that, the bigger a media outlet gets, the less connected it is. There are still some good reporters out there, but they're working mostly on small issues for small audiences.

This post is a good example of why I think we need to get serious about forming some relationships between blogs. What we need is a huge netroots community and a few sites that function as trustworthy media outlets for that community. So people can go and read those new media outlets, then come back to the community and write about them. 

This may seem strange, but if you'll notice the sorts of stuff I write at different sites you'll see that what I'm really doing here is giving speeches. Over at PineBeltProgressive, I'm doing more traditional writing, trying to connect readers to the national issues, and also trying to make things happen in  my local community.

Great work! 

It's more fun if you comment!

Newstrust (4.00 / 1)

Have you seen the NewsTrust site.  I think it is a good concept but there are a few problems with it.

I has a rather indepth  and complex rating system.  This is good but members are allowed to rate each others work on an article.  The ratings you get raise your levels in the system.  I got thoroughly trashed by some right-wing nut job.  

If we could figure out a way to do the same kind of vetting of articles without the nut jobs it would be great.  I don't see a problem with creating a site that looks at various articles through a progressive lens only.  NewsTrust is trying to create a non-biased look at media but with unknown community members it isn't really possible.

We should create an Southern Free Press or something like that, that vets the articles in  local media.

I'm with you in any venture in this vein.

Voting for the lesser of two evils is still better than voting for the most evil.

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here's the least popular view (4.00 / 1)

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. -Churchill

He cuts right to the chase (0.00 / 0)

What we want in Iraq is irrelevant.  But that's real life.  In most situations, what we want is irrelevant to the outcome.  What we do, and what others do, is the determinant.  Sometimes it's dependent on luck, but sometimes hard work and smart planning will get you what you want.  We dropped that ball in Iraq and now we won't be getting what we want. 

Just like when Santa brought you clothes instead of a bike, the sooner we get over it and move on with life, the better.  It's time to stop crying over what we wanted and move on to what is possible. 

Work harder and work smarter!

[ Parent ]
I wonder why? (4.00 / 1)

According to Editor and Publisher, Newspaper advertising revenue is taking a plunge.

Pssst!  It's the Media

The Purge, I mean the  Surge is working. 

Number 4000 

 Meanwhile back at the ranch....

I wonder what's up with this? 


The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.~Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D. MA)



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