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  •  I spent a lot of time (1+ / 0-)
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    yelling at the Tee Vee Machine this week. And not at the bombers, but at the stations, anchors and television reporters who fell instantly into the dum-dum-dum drama rut, using inflammatory language where none was called for, using dramatic music and stentorian voice-overs as if we were watching a trailer for the latest Die Hard sequel, or resorting to cliches because, dammit, thinking up original questions to ask or original observations to make on a real-life situation is just Too. Damned. Difficult.


    This was real, you well-groomed and polished mannequins. People died, people were blown up, people lost limbs, people were scared shitless in their own neighborhoods, people were shot to death in their cars, and all you could do was mouth the threadbare and wornout catch phrases you automatically resort to because it's easier than committing acts of actual journalism.

    The worst thing? A lot of this was LOCAL REPORTING. Folks who supposedly know their beat, who supposedly bring some local insight to their converage. And what do they do? Act like they're auditioning for Fox News, complete with egregious reporting errors and the ever-popular jumping-to-conclusions-without-a-shred-of evidence-because-it's easier to apologise-than-to-get-in-there-second methodology.

    How much do I hate most television "journalism"? I hate it with the white hot hate of a thousand suns gone nova.

    "The truth will set you free...but first it'll piss you off." - Gloria Steinem

    by Sharoney on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 06:37:16 PM PDT

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