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September 18, 2013

The Decline of Journalism

Filed under: Politics — Steve Ruis @ 11:38 am
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It seems that currently the journalism surround politics is merely trying to get personages to comment on the comments of other personages. Someone makes an off-the-wall comment on a Sunday morning talk show and then “reporters” scurry around trying to see if they can get other politicians to comment. If they can’t they get “pundits” to comment, pundits being people who comment on other peoples comments.

It seems as even the President’s Press Secretary’s job now is to comment on other politician’s comments. Sheesh.


Commenting on another’s comments doesn’t make a conversation, nor does it make a discussion or an argument, or really anything.

Could our journalists actually try asking a few questions of the commenter? Do they have proof of their claim? Do they have evidence? Or are they just stirring the pot? How about trying to verify the veracity of the claims made and then confronting the claimer if they prove invalid?

How about doing the job of a journalist instead of that of a debate moderator?



  1. I see more so-called journalist today leading their interviewee with questions and comments rather than listening and probing in areas that need to be probed. The interview between Charlie Rose and Bashar Assad is an example of such and one of the worst interviews I have ever seen Rose hold.


    Comment by lbwoodgate — September 18, 2013 @ 11:49 am | Reply

    • Yeah, I generally like Charlie Rose but he isn’t exactly an investigative reporter. He is usually interviewing artists, scientist, economists, etc.


      Comment by stephenpruis — September 18, 2013 @ 11:57 am | Reply

  2. At least they still ask for comments. A few years from now, the reporters might just be ask for a “like” or “dislike” 🙂


    Comment by List of X — September 18, 2013 @ 12:19 pm | Reply

  3. I didn’t save it, but i fired off a “Fuck You to Hell CNN” email to six of their editorial staff (the one’s i had personal addresses for) over the weekend. That Cross Fire program was the last straw. S. E. Cupp? Newt Gingrich? Give me a break.


    Comment by john zande — September 18, 2013 @ 12:44 pm | Reply

    • Credibility isn’t required. Ability to attract an audience is.

      When I was young, when there was a crisis, they got experts to interview. Then along the way, somebody thought it was a good idea to get “the man on the street’s” opinion. Why I will never know.

      Now, it’s “put out a call for the usual Yahoos,” people who have opinions but no experience or wisdom to share and people who have been discredited: Newt Gigrich? Donald Rumsfeld? Karl Rove? WTF? MSNBC recently have been having their hosts serve a guest experts on other shows. Huh?


      Comment by stephenpruis — September 18, 2013 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

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