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