Contrary to Steven Johnson (whoever he is) I have a clue for y’all. Journalism IS dead. Real true journalism has been on life support for the past 30+ years and has now finally succumbed. It is an ex-professions, it wouldn’t move if you put 50,o00 volts through it, it is now pushing up the daisies and joined the blooming choir invisible (apologies to Monty Python).
As someone with a intimate knowledge of the inner workings of newspapers and the sad state of affairs in newsrooms across the country, nay the world, I should know. Journalists believed their professors, friends, and coworkers when they maintained that Joe six-pack was too stupid, too ignorant, and too lame to know what’s good for them. They truly believe it is their job to save us from ourselves. The arrogance that makes that statement possible is almost unbelievable.
What is most amazing however is that these bastions of tolerance, these monitors of morality, these gatekeepers of all that is right and just are supporters of :
Genocide-millions of children have been killed for the convenience of people too stupid to use contraception
Global warming hysteria- while climate change has ALWAYS been with us, they have enabled the snake-oil sales men to dupe millions of people out of their hard earned money for fake science and ignorant “chicken little “scenarios .
Bad leadership- Journalists support for leaders, locally, nationally and world wide belong to those who have little to no experience, talent or intelligence. They seek only those who agree with them and those whom they can control
Bigots and racists- what do you call someone who hires an employee based on the color of their skin? With the support of the media something akin to 98% of blacks in this country voted for Obama. From most the interviews it seems that the vast majority of them had NO idea what he stands for, the only credential needed was the color of his skin. This man has singlehandedly turned back any gains in race relations that had previously been made. He is an embarrassment to the black community, the states of Illinois, Kansas and Hawaii and the entire United States.
These and other concepts have contributed to the leprosy affecting the journalistic profession and have caused it to self-destruct. Many of us have been left to find our own way through the morass of what is now referred to (laughingly) as news not knowing who or what entity to trust. One thing we do know though is the the Main Stream media can not be trusted. CBS, ABC, NBC are simply propaganda organs of the Democratic Party whose reports are always suspect. NPR and PBS are direct outlets for the ” Vast Left Wing” conspiracy and are therefore never to be trusted, while MSNBC is a SNL parody of what journalism has become.
Yes Steve journalism is DOA. Stick a fork in it, it’s so DONE.