9.14.2010

A media gone mad

The U.S. media went and did it this time – made complete asses of themselves.

In pursuit of a journalism degree, I wrote a 30-page term paper based on two books: “Creating Reality: How TV News Distorts Events” by David L. Altheide and Edward Jay Epstein’s “News from Nowhere: Television and the News.” (Both books available in paperback on amazon.com.) The authors show how the media can create The Big Story – both books similar in scope to the movie, “Wag the Dog.”

So, this is nothing new, but this time the media might have reached an all-time low. Over the last several weeks we have seen such a story developed by the media into a self-feeding monster.

Jason Linkins of The Huffington Post has written a brilliant and entertaining analysis of how the media made fools of themselves in creating the big story about the Manhattan “mosque” and empowering a Quran-burning nobody.

You won’t be sorry you took the time to read Linkins’ excellent recap of how this all came about, and you will be much wiser to the ways of a press which somewhere along the way has forsaken ethical reporting.

Grab a lovely beverage, head over to The Reading Room, kick your shoes off and enjoy this one! Read time: 10 minutes. LINK

3 comments:

tnlib said...

The media's irresponsibility in this sordid mess has given them a well deserved black eye and seriously tarnished their already damaged image even further. It will take them a long time before most people will grow to trust their judgement and their reporting again. They deserve it.

Thanks for the link, BJ.

tiny said...

Tiny loved every word this mind of reason published. May the Powers That Be bring us more sanity like this. Let's bombard all the media outlets with a copy of this article, kick back, prop up our feet and watch to see how many of them lick their wounds in public.

They could read this outloud and tell people, "This is how not to get scammed by the Flim Flam Man."

Don't hold your breath waiting for this though, unless you're one of the ones using this for a political football.

B.J. said...

I find it very depressing that the very people who need to read this the most refuse to do so. Interesting thing about liberals and conservatives. We read about them, but they don’t read one word offered by us. It is well-documented that they prefer – and are influenced by - lies and distortion as opposed to facts. There is no way to fight such close-mindedness, is there? If I’ve learned nothing else from blogging, I’ve learned the truism: “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” Unless, of course, it’s Kool-Aid. BJ