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  •  Media consolidation killed so many jobs (8+ / 0-)

    in the industry that there was no place for many real journalists to go. The "techies" could still find a job and not have to compromise their integrity, but for those who write, edit or are onscreen it was either suck it up and lie outright or find another profession.
    Of course there are also those at Fox who believe the swill they dish. They are the zombie morons. Many of them don't give a damn as long as they get a nice paycheck at the end of the day.
    And, sadly, the industry has suffered because of those who want to be on the TV but who don't give a whit about real journalism. My brother (long time in the biz but can't get a great job due to his age and journalistic expertise) has seen them come and go - pretty young things (male and female) who don't read a newspaper or watch the news on TV. they come in, do their job looking pretty and reading someone else's words, and go home.
    The news is dead. And it's at least one thing I blame Clinton for. He helped stick in the knife.

    Isn’t it ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray. ~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring ~

    by MA Liberal on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 07:50:16 AM PDT

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    •  Interested on your take (3+ / 0-)
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      on Clinton's culpability.

      Seems to me that there are a host of different factors in 'killing news', not least of which is the nostalgic lens with which we to the past news.

      •  Consolidation of media ownership (9+ / 0-)

        began under Reagan and was completed under Clinton. By 2004, only five corporations owned most of the media: Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch's News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany, and Viacom.

        They also control our culture and our government: no informed electorate = no democracy.

        "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

        by cotterperson on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 09:33:02 AM PDT

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      •  He drove the stake in (1+ / 0-)
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        As another commenter says, it began under Reagan. But Clinton drove the last stake in.
        I worked for Time Inc. Started in 1982. All was still fine back then. But in the late 80's they merged with Warner. things began a bad turn then, and by 1992 I was gone.
        But that was just the beginning. As I tried to find work, more and more entities merged or closed.
        It wasn't his fault entirely, but he not only did nothing to stop it, he finished the job.
        As for a "nostalgic lens:, uh, sorry, but we have lost what news reporting once was, what journalism once was. You can't look at a single news show on any major network today and call it "news". It's a conglomeration of what the suits want you to see, not what you need to know.
        Nostalgia? Fuck that. I miss the TRUTH.

        Isn’t it ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray. ~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring ~

        by MA Liberal on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 05:26:20 PM PDT

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