Scott Pelley made a speech at Quinnipiac University in which he said “We are getting big stories wrong over and over again.”
He later went on to say, “Twitter, Facebook and Readit, that’s not journalism. That’s gossip. Journalism was invented as an antidote to gossip.”
Unfortunately for us, Mr Pelley journalists have abdicated their responsibilities to cover a story by presenting the facts of that story. They have become advocates for organizations, agendas and politicians. Don’t believe me, let’s visit a few of the more egregious examples.
Benghazi: This was a whole pile of bad. From beginning to end, from stem to stern. If this had happened under any other president someone would have been forced to resign and others would have gone to jail.
Vacationgate: Formerly journalists would have embarrassed those involved into apologizing or at least ceasing and desisting.
Mass Murder Gosnell: No matter what their feeling about abortion, journalists in the 60’s and 70’s would have covered the heck out of this trial. None of this “it’s just a local trial” nonsense.
Fast and Furious: This would have scuttled any other previous administration. Those in charge would have been incarcerated.
Birth certificate/Social Security Number issues: Any other politician would have been forced to explain the irregularities. They would have been forced to provide actually copies of the forms and if they couldn’t they wouldn’t be candidates long.
Voter fraud: How many times did people vote to assure this man’s victory. Past journalist would have been chasing a Pulitzer. Of course that was when getting one meant you did an awesome job researching and reporting. Now it just means you’ve articulated the administrations talking points succinctly.
So pardon us if we don’t believe you. Pardon us if we don’t assume that law abiding citizens who’ve never engaged in terroristic activities are behind the latest disaster. Excuse us if we don’t believe that “some white guy with a gun” is always the shooter or that a “Tea Party Extremist” is to blame. Since there have not been issues like that at Tea Party/ Conservative or Libertarian rallies we would point you in the direction of your Occupy Wall Street, Code Pink, Moveon.com, New Black Panther fellow tin foil hat wearing compatriots.
Since you in the media can’t be trusted to be objective, we have to get our news from other places. Your integrity has been shredded, your lack of honesty highlighted and your agenda posted on the national billboard of the internet. We are tired of being lied to, being castigated, being manipulated and more than that being insulted. Most of us know we are not the problem. We know we do not think or believe what you claim we do and because of that we are suspicious of what you claim others think or believe. We are insulted that you think we are so stupid, so naive and so ignorant that we can’t figure things out for ourselves. That we have to be spoon fed watered down, spun, barely recognizable facts instead of being given the actual facts and being allowed to decide for ourselves.
But you’re right Mr. Pelley. Your house is burning down. But there is no one who cares and even less who would bother to bring a bucket complete with hole. Good luck with that.