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Is it any surprise that MSM is going over-bored on VaTech? Sure, it was a disaster. Yes, it was horrific, and research and real journalism would serve the nation's (and the victims' families') interest. Yes, it is a newsworthy  story. Of course we all here regret it deeply.

But, already the story is being anna nicole'd. Stale experts, pseudoexperts, almost witnesses, even third cousins' spouses, twice removed, who exchanged greetings with a friend of the roommate of a person who almost moved in with one of the victims is being seriously interviewed as a knowledgeble person with a story to tell.

Yet, more than 220 people died in Baghdad. 7 US troops died the last two days. more than 65 died this month, or about 2x the rate at VaTech.

One of the problems with this coverage (there are several), is that it sucks the air out of other, more important news stories.

  • Al Sadr's rejection of the Iraqi Parliament's legitimacy is an omen that cannot be overstated or overestimated.  Democracy (as the boy king calls it) is at an end there, no matter how our administration tries to spin it. Yet, Dana Perino will smirk her Dentyne smirk, and blithely state (without objection or questioning) that this is a perfect example of a working democracy, growth, process and ultimately success. Actually, if she left it at suck, that last word would be more accurate.

Yet, the MSM covered it as though it were a box score for a baseball game.

-In March, there was a horrific shooting in an Indian tribe in Minnesota. Being brown skinned, original Americans, the Bush White House said nothing about it. Then again, the MSM also ignored it, more often than not.

  • Last weekend, the deadliest series of days for our troops have made 2007 the deadliest year on record. Not only is the surge not working, it has clearly become counter-productive.  But is the MSM examining this? NO, to the contrary, THEY lazily play politics, grabbing a Democrat talking head, followed up by  GOP talking head, followed up by an Administration press corpse talking head. Where is the deep investigation? the research? the interviews with people who really know something other than the pertinent talking points?

-Which is more important? Hearing the latest  idiocy from John McCain, or learning about the real nature of Iraq's current collapse into total chaos? Well, which is easier? McCain. Which is preordained by the corporate owners? McCain. Who still has millions in his campaign war chest? McCain. And between the two issues, which it utterly useless, unimportant and simply a waste of time, given the amount of airtime and print given to it? McCain.

  • We learned that France warned the CIA before 9/11, and our MSM makes it seem as though they knew of the attacks, but did nothing. You have to carefully parse the articles to find out what really happened.

This is not journalism. This is convenient, lazy, sensationalism playing make-believe. The examples are many. David Gregory earned a small following simply because (Oh MY) he had an excess spurt of testosterone and followed up a bullshit Snoflake answer with a direct question. This small step of pseudo-independence caused such a tremor within the press corpse that something had to be done. And it was. He was promoted to handle the Imus time slot, earning his wings, and returning to mindless, blathering bimbo watches or over-exposing a regional tragedy like VaTech.

Unfortunately, there seems to be little hope that things will improve soon.

So, which best describes the current MSM of our day?

Originally posted to agnostic on Wed Apr 18, 2007 at 08:55 AM PDT.


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  •  our news (5+ / 0-)

    Whats the difference between our "news" and tabloid shows such as "entertainment tonight"?

    When you find out could you let me know. I sure the hell can't see any difference.

    Hey MSM, could you show me that fat cop running with the assualt rifle one more time? I missed it the first 700 bazillion times you showed it.

    Generals gathered in their masses Just like witches at black masses.. Evil minds that plot destruction Sorcerers of deaths construction..........

    by pissedpatriot on Wed Apr 18, 2007 at 08:52:14 AM PDT

  •  MSM (1+ / 0-)
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    blue armadillo

    simply hasn't got the time to do high quality journalism.  No time to report important medical studies.  There are commercials to air, celebrities to stalk, and tragedies to beat to death.

    •  It's much worse than that... (3+ / 0-)
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      agnostic, blue armadillo, geomoo

      They have lots of time, money and plenty of resources. It is the motivation that is the problem.

      Main stream media now exists to further the propaganda objectives of their corporate masters.

      They now view this objective as supporting the corrupt Bush administration.

      This means either whitewashing the Republican's evil deeds or going after the Democrats like a pack of rabid dogs.

      Currently the entire objective is to distract people from the myriad of real issues that an informed public needs to be debating to save a free society. It's the old "watch the birdy, keep your eye on the birdy," while the accomplice picks your pocket.

      That is why they plaster the screen with eyecandy and neglect to seriously address the major issues.

      The goal is to such all the air out of the room. What a mighty Wurlitzer it has become.

      •  But Whether You're GE or You Print a Village (3+ / 0-)
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        agnostic, blue armadillo, geomoo

        newspaper, it's still more profitable for you to cover info-tainment than it is to do investigative journalism of current events and the powers active in your region.

        It's cheaper to produce, it's easier to sell to sponsors, and it's easier to tailor to consumer demand.

        There's no provision in the American system for a free journalistic press. The framers presumed that only government would suppress it. It was a great idea in many ways but sorry, they're flat wrong. The economy has no need for it in this age.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Wed Apr 18, 2007 at 09:13:59 AM PDT

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    •  They also (0+ / 0-)

      refuse to report on things like this.

      Since we're apparently pimping here.

  •  Key question: How do you stop a murderous psycho (1+ / 0-)
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    from being elected President?

    Molly Ivins wanted WHO for President? But WHY?

    by Positronicus on Wed Apr 18, 2007 at 08:53:08 AM PDT

  •  Baghdad Bombings Kill at Least 127 (4+ / 0-)

    A string of bombings killed at least 127 people across Baghdad Wednesday, police said, as bloodshed spiked two months into a U.S.-led crackdown meant to placate the Iraqi capital.

    Some news accounts suggested the death toll may be higher. The Reuters news agency, quoting local officials, said as many as 170 people had been killed, and the Associated Press said 157 had been killed.

    •  Each of these people... (3+ / 0-)

      ...was someones son or daughter.

      •  but (1+ / 0-)
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        but they have darker skin, wear slightly different clothes, and have hard to spell last names, surely they are not as human as us.

        /sad snark off

        Generals gathered in their masses Just like witches at black masses.. Evil minds that plot destruction Sorcerers of deaths construction..........

        by pissedpatriot on Wed Apr 18, 2007 at 08:57:02 AM PDT

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        •  what a sad statement about a country (1+ / 0-)
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          that was once a mixing pot of immigration.
          that once honored cutlural differences as an advantage, not something to be attacked.
          that believed in the separation of church and state.

          what a sad statement, and all too many believe that they are NOT as human as us.

          In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell. - Mencken

          by agnostic on Wed Apr 18, 2007 at 10:13:30 AM PDT

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        •  It could be a racial thing... (0+ / 0-)

          ... but I'd be willing to bet it has more to do with expectations.  We expect people to die in warzones so it's not really shocking.  

          Look at the things that have gotten decent coverage in Iraq like Abu Graib.  In those cases, it's not about how many people were tortured or killed, it's about the shock many of us felt that our side would stoop so low to do something like that.

  •  I hate baseball but right now I am watching ESPN (4+ / 0-)

    Cant stomach the news coverage anymore.
    What is it gonna add to?

    Even Katrina did not get this type of coverage

  •  Steam? (3+ / 0-)
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    lcork, Cronesense, geomoo

    I like it. Main Steamingpile Media

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Wed Apr 18, 2007 at 08:55:30 AM PDT

  •  It's Built to Work This Way (0+ / 0-)

    There's no paying mass market for serious investigative journalism. It has to be limited to small niche audiences. Entertainment and gossip sell easily to the mainstream, and they're much cheaper to produce and sell to sponsors.

    The media are just fine, they're working for their owners and investors as they're constitutionally protected to do.

    For some odd reason, while we've recognized the need to progressively temper our 2nd ammendment rights for weapons that have great power and reach --and we don't grant that right at all to corporate persons-- it's never occurred to us that there might be any need or basis to temper 1st ammendment rights of vast corporate persons based on their power and reach.

    So they're protected from us. You want to provide journalistic news to the mass electorate, you're free to set up your own half trillion dollar corporate network.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Apr 18, 2007 at 09:10:04 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for highlighting this (1+ / 0-)
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    This is the most ominous aspect of our current situation.  It is very frightening to consider where President Caligula would be if we had not had the internet.  I'm quite certain this has been noticed by the gang.  I have no doubt the internet has been targeted.  There are just too many facts floating around here.  We're going to need to fight like hell to keep it free and open.  I'm still looking for something we can do to knock the MSM off their high horse.  I'm glad you're talking about it.

    I don't believe in evolution. I am convinced by the evidence.

    by geomoo on Wed Apr 18, 2007 at 09:24:18 AM PDT

  •  Back in the 60's (3+ / 0-)
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    dougymi, agnostic, geomoo

    my sisters and I used to joke that at the Emmy Awards there should be a category for news, the "Most Tedious Coverage of a National Event" award.

    But, we were joking then.  Looks like the MSM is actually trying to compete for just such a prize these days...only the coverage is not just tedious now, but inane.

    The decline in cable news really disgusts me too - I really used to count on being able to get a quick rundown of the top stories on Headline News 15 years ago - what has happened since then??  Bimbo news readers with low cut necklines and flatulent buffoons like Glenn Beck - and where did the news go???That was the promise of the 24-hour cable news channels - up to the minute news available when your schedule allowed...but not any more.

    Television news is so awful these days....I watch Olbermann because he does get some interesting discussions going, but otherwise - jeeze - I hit the internets if I want any news.  

    •  that would make a great poll (0+ / 0-)

      anna nicole
      missing blonde bimbettes from Aruba
      Terri Schiavo
      the missing fiance

      gawd, I am already getting sick to my stomach

      In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell. - Mencken

      by agnostic on Wed Apr 18, 2007 at 10:15:16 AM PDT

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