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  •  Well, I watched journalists being trained (3+ / 0-)
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    in journalism schools and coming to public meetings with outlines they were supposed to fill in and I witnessed many of them sitting through many hours of detailed discussions and then asking those in attendance what had just happened, so they'd have a quote for the middle of their story.  Journalism had become formulaic then and it's no better now.  Everybody's got a script that, I guess, the editorial staff dreams up and the reporters have to fill in the blanks.

    And, despite all the electronic improvements, it still takes the traditional press almost forever to get out a story, also probably because there are still many layers of editors who have to have a finger in the pot.

    That the editorial pages are often out of synch with the "hard" news isn't reassuring either.  If facts are being reported, how can you have opinions that are so out of whack?  The traditional press has somehow got the idea that its job is to interpret the news.  One consequence of that is that newsmakers feel compelled to get their spin in first.

    Finally, it's really hard when someone asks a stupid question not to give a stupid answer.

    How do you tell a predator from a protector? The predator will eat you sooner rather than later.

    by hannah on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 04:46:43 PM PDT

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