How people learn the news is under examination

It is becoming fashionable to compare and contrast major news media reporting with reality. The AP violating its own agreements with photographers about dying soldiers was one case. The 9/12 Washington DC Tea Party turnout estimates and the extensive search for awful things to report provide another. The Wilson breach of protocol is another. It is a rich target environment.

The recent Van Jones story is one where Kyle Smith takes on the NYT in Van Jones — unfit for print at the NYP.

Newspaper of record? The Times isn’t so much a newspaper as a clique of high school girls sending IMs to like-minded friends about their feuds and faves and raves and rants. OMFG you guys! It’s no more objective than Beck is.>

There are several facets to observe in this case. One, as noted, is the claim of no excuses while citing many excuses. Another is the diversion from the subject at hand to the whistle blower – Glen Beck and Fox News in this case. Then there is the attempt to diminish the importance of the incident and the misrepresentation of the nature of it.

It is the stunning comparison and contrast that may have contributed to the crowd in Washington DC this weekend. One quote reported from a crowded subway station on the way in was “angry mob, coming through!” – This reflects a sense of humor about the malicious media reporting of Tea Party events. People are noting the dishonesty in news reporting and it is becoming a concern, enough of a concern to drive one of the largest peaceful protests in history.

Comments are closed.