Class Warfare Blog

April 7, 2016

American News Sucks

My Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, who in my opinion is to be much admired, wrote an op-ed piece regarding tax avoidance schemes by the wealthy (If You’re Rich, You Can Avoid Paying Tax; That’s Got to Change, The Guardian Online, April 7, 2016). I got to read this because it was published in The Guardian. In case you are not aware, The Guardian is based in the U.K.

Time and time again, I have to get local and U.S. centric news from outside of our borders. Why is that? There is something very, very wrong with U.S. news organizations. Important news dissemination is taking a back seat to eye candy, so far back that one cannot find important stuff.

This obviously is in the best interests of the corporations and plutocrats who currently own our government. What we don’t know can’t hurt them.


  1. I was reading a Crooks and Liars article on this subject not an hour ago. As I commented there, most of the people I know use the Guardian or BBC website, or both, as a primary source of news. It seems quite bizarre to have to turn to foreign media in order to get decent news coverage.


    Comment by realthog — April 7, 2016 @ 12:37 pm | Reply

    • It all changed when TV News divisions were expected to make a profit rather than break even or have small losses (as a public service required by their license to broadcast). Now, it is almost impossible to find serious news. MSNBC has counters counting down to a Trump “event” for Pete’s sake, and it isn’t event for an event at which news was promised, just in the hope he will say something outrageous. This is trainwreck journalism of the worst sort because it panders to our baser instincts.

      On Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 12:37 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 7, 2016 @ 12:41 pm | Reply

  2. It’s a great paper.


    Comment by john zande — April 7, 2016 @ 3:49 pm | Reply

    • I was simply decrying the absence of a single great paper in the U.S. There used to be a number of them.

      On Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 3:49 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 7, 2016 @ 9:16 pm | Reply

      • Even though I work with them, I can’t count the NYT’s as being “good.”


        Comment by john zande — April 7, 2016 @ 9:37 pm | Reply

        • I think you’re being a bit hard on the NYT. Despite aberrations like Judith Miller and some of their dimmer-witted op-ed contributors, they publish a lot of good journalism. You could make a very similar criticism of the Grauniad: today, for example, they published a long and excellent article about the medical dangers of sugar and the historical efforts by corrupt nutritionists to cover this up . . . and, right next to it, a piece on how to make the perfect chocolate spread.

          We used to have some great papers (NYT, WaPo, LAT, Indy, Grauniad), but much of the greatness has been pissed away, in part because of the Murdoch Effect, in part because we all want our news sources to be free. As a child weaned on the BBC, I kind of sympathize with the latter impulse; it’s a difficult model to sustain in the US, though, where an impartial (or doing its best to be impartial) news service is seen as a threat to freedom. Huh?

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          Comment by realthog — April 7, 2016 @ 11:37 pm | Reply

          • Agreed, there are pockets of brilliance. Three years ago, though, they sacked 200+ editors, and after that, stories got longer and less directed. Funny that 😉 We handle all their media, and some of the video content leaves me quite literally wondering “WTF was that even about?” On a broader level, I think it’s reflective of what is happening in America in general when it comes to language. Sentence structure is atrocious, and the coherent laying out of thoughts is like a puzzle thrown into the air.


            Comment by john zande — April 8, 2016 @ 8:51 am | Reply

          • The Murdock effect being treating news agencies as cash cows? ;o) It does seem as if every newspaper is a tabloid now.

            On Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 11:37 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



            Comment by Steve Ruis — April 8, 2016 @ 9:00 am | Reply

        • I agree. Their bias show all of the time. They had a link to a blog post about Marco Rubio on a list of the “latest” from their blogs for well over a year, for example. They have pumped Hillary and dissed Bernie quite regularly, too. Their own public editor examined this and found it to be true.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — April 8, 2016 @ 8:59 am | Reply

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