Satire the Saviour

Posted November 25, 2008 by snapdown
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Laughter is absolutely necessary for the survival of human beings. If we were to face all of the sad and trying moments each and every day in complete seriousness, we would either run away and hide from the world or permanently remove ourselves from it.

It is often much easier to digest the “heavy”
Watching the news is often funny, some stations more than others. But, watching news that takes itself seriously can be extremely upsetting, especially when the story and or approach to telling the story is so mind-blowing that you can’t help but to laugh.
It isn’t as depressing to realize how
We are stronger when we can laugh at ourselves and recognize how absurd things are. Denying that situations are horrible, or refusing to watch the news or read the papers because they are “way too depressing,” is something that I often hear people say. Now, I often think this is merely an excuse for laziness, or a sign that someone is so comfortable in his or her life that they don’t need to know much beyond that…d
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and when most of the tv media seems to  to air on the side of stories that provide the most drama, it gives much
Two things that I believe. can’t teach something unless you really inderstand it yourself. aren’t capable of being critic

Keep Your Eyes Open

Posted November 20, 2008 by snapdown
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Interesting stuff here.

A Fair and Truthful Report?…

Posted September 24, 2008 by snapdown
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If Sarah Palin continues to brag about saying, “Thanks but, no thanks” to federal dollars for the Bridge to Nowhere, should journalists mention that this is a questionable statement? Many know that Mrs. Palin did support the Bridge to Nowhere, and only decided “not” to support it when it came under scrutiny. She also kept the federal funding and did something else with it. The public does not know much about this woman that could be a heartbeat away from the presidency, and such information could provide more insight to her character.

This is one small example, but I’m curious about how she kept repeating this statement, and that it wasn’t out right disputed by reporters. One response by a, for lack of a better word, “biased” reporter, was that this would be an example of a reporter passing judgment on Palin…He said the reporter’s job is to give equal airtime to the candidates, and the viewers should evaluate what the candidates say themselves. If viewers want to explore the issues anymore, he said, they should go online and investigate, or look to other news sources. I thought to myself, “Isn’t that your job?” His theory is that all of the information he compiles should be reported as is, as said, and that’s all. He presents that information, and leaves it to the viewers to decide. This is one reporter’s view, but it lost me.

It’s those that always believe what the self-proclaimed ” most trusted news in the universe,” or “political team sent from God” tells them, and don’t know that they should question news reports, that are at a loss when journalists are not thorough. It’s the people that “don’t have time” beyond watching the hour news in the background while they make dinner, that deserve more. They put faith in journalists that the information reported is legitimate.

I believe that the people that do look deeper into stories, are more inclined to branch out to other news medium anyway. People that scope out a variety of sources understand that throwing all of their trust into a few people sitting around a desk deciding what is relevant news in the world, wondering how to tell a story about Wall Street crashing in a 2 minute segment, may not have included all of the necessary facts.

It could really be a great deal. In return for in-depth reporting, people will tune into their news show, ratings will soar, advertisers will start paying even bigger bucks, and reporters can ask for a raise! But, even without the in-depth reporting, viewers tune in and hold up their end of the bargain. The advertisers are just as much of a problem as the journalists. The latter is not involved enough, the former is involved too much

After debates, for example, the coverage is more about the candidates’ clothes or how many times they blinked, versus policy. All it would take it, “She looked great, but there are a few things she just said that don’t add up.” But when this is not happening, viewers hear the news, turn off their TV, eat dinner, go to bed, and the information settles in.

This is why certain campaigns go for broke and say anything they want, regardless of credibility. They know that journalists will rarely push hard to correct them, and as long as they keep repeating their point, truth or lie, the job is done. Re-visiting stories down the road usually doesn’t clean up a mess. It often makes it messier. The un-truths have had time to settle. Who is it that said that “you can’t un-ring the bell?” People are still concerned that Obama is a Muslim, and many people still believe that Sarah Palin has foreign policy experience because Alaska is next to Russia, or because her airplane made a refueling stop in Ireland.

Washington Post reporter Shankar Vedantam said,

a series of new experiments show that misinformation can exercise a ghostly influence on people’s minds after it has been debunked — even among people who recognize it as misinformation. In some cases, correcting misinformation serves to increase the power of bad information.

The rest of his article is here

So, should a journalist be obligated to commit a little more, dig a little deeper, ask a few more questions, and make sure that what they air is credible? Limited time and advertisers are big issues for the hour and half-hour news programs. Too much time and advertisers are big issues for the 24 hour news networks.

As I write this, the Fox New’s homepage “reports” a story about internet rumors (most likely self-generated) about how Biden is going to drop out of the race after the V.P. debate…Valid or not, they “rang the bell.” Fortunately, the Obama campaign has learned what probably cost Kerry the election…You can’t wait for reporters and journalists to call out the smears and lies. It’s up to the campaign to do it.

simple thought

Posted September 13, 2008 by snapdown
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bill moyers is my hero.

he stirs me and gives me faith that there still is hope.


Posted September 11, 2008 by snapdown
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Twelve hours of Lipstick smearing today. Relevant news and journalistic integrity was sparse again, but ratings were soaring, again. Do we get what we want, or want what we are used to getting?

What I experienced in the MSM Newsroom today… Large monitors side-by-side on every wall and in each office projecting all broadcast and Cable TV news stations luscious HDTV. Sound audible from each competitor station, depending on the direction I focus my ears, with 50 different questions and in-depth-analysis concerning the sexism of pigs and fish wrapped in paper. What we have on the table: a personality contest; the knit-picking of words to see if they might be, could be, or are examples of sexism, ageism or racism; accusations from Politicians that {gasp!} the Politicians are playing Politics. There is so much gossipy “noise” to sort through, that time runs out before much progress is made. Don’t worry though, teasing the fact that Obama sarcastically said that he had traveled to 57 states will bring the viewers back tomorrow. Maybe he really thinks that! How could HE be president? Forget the war. Forget the economy. Issues are not the issue here. Please don’t ask for fact checking.
Nothing newsworthy. Nothing learned…sigh..
Yet again, the breaking news today is that The News is Breaking.

Andrew Sullivan following Palin’s speech at the RNC, said:

11.10 pm. Reality television has become our politics.

John Stewart Flaunts Fox Flip-Floppers….

Posted September 6, 2008 by snapdown
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It’s about time someone starts to point out the double-standards of these Fishmongers. It’s fine to have an agenda, as long as you don’t hide it and claim that you are Fair. It’s powerful to have an opinion, as long as you have enough integrity to say it is your opinion and NOT act like a hypocrite and swear up-and-down that you are Balanced. Oh well…

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my day…

Posted September 6, 2008 by snapdown
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a newsroom is a multi-media information machine A.D.D. extravaganza!