Monday, 11 October 2010


... are plagiarising, myopic ignoramuses, who still inexplicably get paid to re-write AP copy (and sometimes read it out on t' tellybox), while pretending they have the faintest idea what they're talking about. They fail to see the irony in calling politicians "short-termists" for "looking to the next election" when most journalists can't even see into the next news cycle. Some even have the audacity and hubris to claim to be politically impartial and wholly without bias. They are parasites on the remaining reputations of the media organisations for whom they work and succubi on the reading population who would be much better informed were they to get their news from a selection of the best "citizen journalists" rather than relying on the repetitive drivel pumped at you by the 24-hour news media. The very worst Journalists are those who think we're interested in their opinions rather than the people to whom they're speaking or the facts they're supposed to be reporting.

I'm looking at you, Andrew Marr.


Cradams said...

He's right, though. There is an awful lot of utter junk out there (present company excepted, of course) written by axe-grinders and losers whose blogs do little more than underline how stupid and/or wrong they are. You must know that to be true.

It's great that anyone can start a blog and write whatever they wish. Doesn't stop most of it being utter shit. In fact, it necessarily results in most of it being utter shit.

Jackart said...

Agreed, which is why you've got to be selective about the blogs you read.

But is the MSM any better? 24-hour news is less than informative, and that's before we get onto the opinion-masquerading-as-news in the Daily Mail.

Sure, it's copy-editied, but it doesn't give you the story written by someone who knows what they're talking about.

Politics, culture and science in particular, the blogosphere's much better.

Umbongo said...

My favourite example of brain-dead MSM pseudo-journalism is Louise Gray's "work" in the Telegraph. Ms Gray is not known as the "Queen of the Press Release" for nothing. It seems - on the evidence of her columns in the Telegraph - that she has developed a system of recycling unamended press releases via her (home?) computer direct to the print room and hence into the pages of that august organ. Sure, her "contributions" use up newsprint but "journalism" it ain't.

Umbongo said...

Or, of course, ". . thence into the pages . . ."

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