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  •  I used to keep WaPO on a list of websites (none)
    I also used to keep CNN and the NYT on there.  As each of those institutions slouches down and begins either directly shilling for or indirectly enabling the shilling of highly partisan talking points, I have deleted them from my bookmarks.  The WaPo followed them a couple of weeks ago.  I'm starting to have to get my news from the BBC.  I'm learning to read other languages in case they get co-opted as well.  Unfortunately, foreign papers don't spend a lot of time covering the gory internal details of our political scene here.

    So, if you're from the WaPo and reading this, just mark off another potential pair of eyeballs for your fucking ad revenue.  I'm gone.  Never coming back.

    Iraq has seen more corners than a two-hundred year old hooker made out of Rubik's Cubes. -- David Rees, GYWO

    by slippytoad on Sat Jan 21, 2006 at 08:54:09 AM PST

    •  we ARE the news (4.00)
      I used to have the WaPo on my web list too. Then the computer crashed, and I never put the WaPo back on the list

      why should I ??? If the WaPo slips up, and actually prints the truth, somebody will diary the story on DailyKOS

      and if the WaPo fucks up (like it usually does nowadays), hundreds of people will diary the carnival that proceeds

      DailyKOS is "the news" under a microscope

      call it "the News behind the news"

      ever get the idea you're being cheated ???

      •  Well (none)
        I do think that the whole profession of "Journalist" is probably on the endangered list these days.

        I myself am an IT person, and three years ago you might have told me to worry that my job would become socially irrelevant.  But it turns out that the more programming we do, the more programming we need to do.  No matter how much they outsource to India, there's still more to be done over here close to the customer who's asking for it to be done.  So I feel a lot safer than I did 3 years ago.

        But "Journalists" should be scared shitless.  If they had an ounce of credibility as an institution they would not be facing this massive blog-led revolt.  If they had not so consistently showed themselves to be the tools of propagandists they would not now be in such danger of being completely replaced by a million clicking amateurs.

        And the more I see this kind of garbage, the more indifferent I am to the spectre of a bunch of out-of-work journalists sitting in their shitty apartments and wondering if they should eat a gun today.  The function of journalism in a free society is arguably the most important to keeping that society free -- timely and relevant information.  Ignorant voters may as well not have the right to vote.  Journalists shirking their duty in the name of convenience, or access to power, or whatever lowers them to about the level of street whores, without any of the social excuses that a street whore could offer -- a highly educated journalist has to choose to debase their profession.

        In the future, we may not even need to bother with news anchors or columnists or newspapers.  You won't see me crying a fucking river.

        Iraq has seen more corners than a two-hundred year old hooker made out of Rubik's Cubes. -- David Rees, GYWO

        by slippytoad on Sat Jan 21, 2006 at 12:42:54 PM PST

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