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  •  This diary deserves a lot more attention. (10+ / 0-)

    We really need to hold journalists to a much higher standard so we can separate the real ethical journalists from the paid PR swamp we call journalism today.

    The fact that Leslie Stahl is on the list finally confirmed what I have been noticing on 60 Minutes lately for the past few years - a slide to the right and a very incomplete reporting on the "big picture" kind of stories. I don't remember when, but once I saw Malcolm Gladwell being featured on a piece regarding parents holding their kids back one year in school for some dumb reason, I knew that something serious was afoot at that station.

    Now I'm going to hold any political/social piece produced by 60 Minutes or any CBS show in the worst faith. Hell, I'm going to hold all NBC and ABC in the worst faith too considering how well the 1% has them by the balls.

    While Daily Kos is pretty good with recognizing legitimate journalists from the PR hacks, it would be great if DK had something like the SHAME Project that could help the rest of us here and in real life. For a better democracy.

    •  To hammer home my point better (5+ / 0-)

      And correct my bad spelling (Lesley Stahl - even Joan misspelled it ;-) )

      Not all PR pieces are paid, some are done just to get greater access to the "real stories" that are "soon" to break. This makes media companies very happy and helps them push their product (see Manufacturing Consent for more).

      I gave the impression that already well established (read: rich) journalists/news anchors are getting paid at the Peterson Fiscal Summits, which I shouldn't said. I have no idea what's going on at the PFS other than priming the public for austerity.

      However, this does not absolve the journalists listed in the article from their ethical responsibilities. We as a society need to stand up and hold unethical behavior accountable. Daily Kos definitely has the clout to do this and be effective. As much as I liked the way the diary concluded, we ought to call it for what it is - PR.

    •  . (0+ / 0-)

      the horrific 'interview' of the woman who is head of the IMF ended any interest I had in 60 minutes.  I never heard anything from Stahl that was worth the electricity to run a TV.

      "History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling the money and its issuance." -James Madison

      by FreeTradeIsYourEpitaph on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:31:45 PM PST

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    •  Oh I like this site SHAME. I have bookmarked it. (1+ / 0-)
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      elwior

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