Three Cheers For “The Sewer”
Well that disgusting cesspool of pajama clad reporters has done it again. No, not drive another administration official from office, or kill another overbearing, budget busting, border bashing bill. Although those sewer drenched on-line reporters have done all that and more.
No, once again those whacky pj kids (keep in mind the vast majority are professionals, lawyers, doctors,professors, former journalists) have once again done the work the main stream media either would not, could not or simply chose not to do.
The Van Jones story is just the latest example. Bloggers like Jim Hoft at Gateway, NY Times best selling author Michelle Malkin and respected on-line journalist Ed Morrissey, had been digging into the Van Jones story for weeks, and in Michelle Malkin’s case … months. Even RVO did a round-up Saturday morning,
Hard working and thorough, each charge was researched, sourced, and referenced so that any reader, and any newspaper for that matter, could easily track back to original sources and decide for themselves the veracity of the reporting.
And so, as was the case on Meet The Press on Sunday, red faced and utterly embarrassed main stream elites, coated in egg for failing to report any details whatsoever on Mr Jones, were reduced to attacking the messengers rather than applauding the message and the methods used by these fine journalists in uncovering the sketchy radical past of this one time Marxist revolutionary turned 9-11 truther. Here is just a small portion of what noted author Tom Friedman had to say. Sounding bitter and angry, he bellowed like a spoiled child who just discovered he’s not so “special” after all.
Ironically, while conservative bloggers were taking hits in the MSM Sunday for digging up information on White House Advisor Jones most recent past, the MSM was reporting nothing. Well not nothing. The esteemed Washington Post, which apparently saw nothing worth reporting on a publicly profanity lacing, Marxist, 9-11 truther in the White House, did find a 20 year old masters thesis by the Republican Virginia Gubernatorial candidate worthy of 2 front page stories. Hmmm.
But whether its being the first to expose the unwieldy nature of the health care and immigration legislation, simply by reading and sourcing it, or the first to bring to the public’s attention the unwieldy and unvetted “czarapalooza” going on at the White House, the conservative and libertarian bloggers continue to school the main stream media on real journalism. The type of journalism newspapers and TV stations used to do. Instead the MSM have chosen to become Obama’s cheerleaders. They have abdicated and these very professional on-line journalists have filled the void.
So when I hear a respected TV anchorman and a best selling author sell these Internet journalists short, when they and their colleagues in the biz did nothing to either refute the story or add to it for that matter, they make themselves look small. Very small. Inconsequential.
I guess I should not have expected much from multimillionaires who suggest the President raise gasoline prices to $4.00 a gallon, or push overbearing environmental legislation while they themselves live and travel like kings. I should not expect much from these elites but I guess I did, at least a Hat Tip.
A graduate of Boston University’s School of Public Communication with a Masters in Broadcast Journalism, I have been a journalist or commentator for more than 30 years now. I have had my ups and downs and made many a mistake. But I have always made it a point to attribute good ideas to their authors, and acknowledge great reporting.
The mere fact that the media not only will not cover, but not acknowledge the Van Jones story for what it is … great digging on an important topic, tells me how far these overpaid ‘elites” have fallen. To call them “out of touch” would be kind.
"Open sore of untreated, unfiltered information" says Friedman. One necessarily wonders how he defines "untreated" and "unfiltered". Is it how the NYTimes and others "filter out" the details of the Van Jones story, or the whole story itself? Or is it because they don't get exclusive rights to "treat" the news as they see fit (and we know how they see fit)? Friedman says "judgment not included?" Well, when the media interchages "judgment" for "biased reporting", why are we obliged to say "I read it in the NYTimes, so it must be true"?
Friedman further complains that every person with a camera or a blog is now a newsperson. Yes they are, in this day of reporters that can't even bother to do a simple Google search on Jones (or Obama for that matter), who simply reprint Democrat talking points without even digesting them first, and who accept at face value anything Obama, Gibbs or the Congresscritters tell them. Brokaw seriously expects us to believe that his network or the press actually vets the stuff they print?
If I had to rely on the media to get information on Obama's health care/insurance "reforms", I would know even less than the Congresspeople that are voting on it.
The bottom line: if the media were doing its job, we wouldn't have to. They are increasingly irrelevant, and their declining subscriptions are proof of that.
So long, suckers!
Great points, Jim. I've been a huge admirer of Tom Freidman in the past, but, sadly, fame and fortune, and becoming the darling of the WH, have caused him to lose the common touch. Plus, he was too busy reporting on his "no technology," African safari (which WAS fascinating) to bother with such mundane issues as a communist closely advising the WH. The other Tom exudes smarmy elitism from every pore. Guiliani was totally outnumbered on that panel, but I still like Harold Ford,
The msm, like it or not, has got to realize that the reason why the internet,conservative talkradio, and Foxnews has become the new alternate news media is because the old msm has not only has fallen asleep on the job it has NEGLECTED its duty to report the news. This is journalistic mapractice at its worse. The msm has because the cheerleading section for President Obama. For all purposes, objective journalism as we know of it is DEAD. We have state run news media and the alternate news media that is the TRUE PRESS.
Jim, BTW, I have been posting on Free Republic a number of blog commetaries. :)=^..^=
PS: Jim here is the FR URL posting. :)=^..^=
Time for Tom Brokow to pack his l-l-leather briefcase and move to l-l-lillihammer . Elite media is ruthless to americans who no longer obey these lackeys of the socialist state. The fascist media ignores, blacklists , mocks, and defames real americans bearing facts because THEIR truth is more important than the facts. Their end of socialist utopia is more important than the means of achieving what is truely unobtainable. How far will this abuse go? Socialist dictatorships are notorious for condemning dissenters bearing inconveniant facts as mentally ill and in need of incarceration for re education. It is naive to think this could never happen in America. In D.J Leary's retirement letter he vents a vicious attack on the internet lamenting "Yet, fueled by the anonymity of the Internet, these whackos are gaining in strength rather than being sent off somewhere for a rest." Make no mistake about it. The intent to take "crazy" dissenters away to a prison camp lies in every cruel heart of the avowed socialist. Where there is a will there could be a way if real freedom loving americans lose their vigilance…..full article here… .http://www.startribune.com/yourvoices/52685557.html
And looking away from the Peanut Gallery of Fourth Estate, I said, 'Yonder blogs the FIFTH Estate, and they are more important than them all.'" – with apologies to Edmond Burke.
Of course, the "Pajama" Fifth Estate does not have the intelectual integrity of Dan Rather or Mike Barnicle…
OK- I have been thinking about this-Perhaps the Fifth Estate are like illegal immigrants-they are only reporting the stories that the Fourth Estate doesn't want to report!
Yeah! Thats the ticket!