Friday, June 17, 2005

Bye-bye Media Monster

Following is a portion of an article from Men's Daily News: Aiding & Abetting Terrorists: The New Focus of Old Media -J.B. Williams

The old media is on the ropes. Newspaper circulations are at an all time low and still slipping. Network news is having trouble competing with PBS for ratings, having lost many of their viewers to cable news, notably - the much hated and loved Fox. Once respected news journals like Time and Newsweek now share rack space with other sensationalized headline merchants like The Globe and The Enquirer, which sell better because their headlines are more reliable.

Even the household term old media itself describes the fading glory of a once mainstream news establishment turned tabloid rag, now permanently engaged in the perpetual art of sensationalized disinformation.

The impending death of the old media is a completely self inflicted demise. It was only a matter of time before the average American would stop hopelessly waiting for an honest unbiased reporting of simple facts from the old media. After years of endless politically motivated fraudulent stories intended to manipulate public opinion in favor of the editor’s personal views, followed by angry mob-like establishment-wide defenses of the obviously indefensible, the American people simply tuned out.

Why not? We live in the information age where anyone can log onto a computer and access endless unfettered information and view points at their finger tips. We are able to do our own research in minutes, review all sides of any issue and draw our own conclusions. We no longer need an elitist newsroom full of bloated self-aggrandizing windbags shaping our news and views. We can shape our own, thank you very much, and we are.

In an increasingly desperate attempt to reach out and reclaim audience, they use the only tool available in their arsenal, sensational headlines. In their feverish scramble for survival, they rush to print with unchecked unreliable stories from un-named sources, to only in the end, follow almost every story with a redress or full retraction and apology.

Once busted on a story, they scramble to generate a similar headline that they can support in order to justify the one they couldn’t. But it’s too late… The credibility is gone, the story is compromised.

The recent Newsweek blunder concerning an alleged Koran flushing GI at Gitmo is a perfect example. Like Rather-gate, the story turned out to be totally untrue. After it ignited a firestorm of death and destruction in the terror hotbed of the Middle East, Newsweek has worked around the clock to develop a similar headline, in order to justify the bad one. Time Magazine has decided to lend a hand, since all establishment news sources have been equally compromised.

Time has now gone so far as to place in print, the interrogation log books from Gitmo in an attempt to paint a particularly horrifying picture. While it doesn’t confirm any earlier claims, it achieves the goal of raising more unanswered questions concerning interrogation practices. Why? - Because a story like this leads to the desired result. It creates doubt in the mind of the reader, as in “maybe there was something to that original Newsweek story that is being covered up?”

It also causes left-wing half-wits to turn up the volume on their chant for a kinder, gentler interrogation process, shifting the administration, our military and our intelligence community from defending our nation to defending themselves. It isn’t important that any of it be true, only that it create the doubt needed to shift the focus off of the bogus news reporting and onto the brutal treatment of terrorists by an administration with an alleged Gulag mentality.

Now we have half-wit has-beens like Jimmy Carter calling for the closing of the terrorist detention camp in Cuba. Why not full amnesty, US citizenship and reparations too."

- Bye-bye media-muffsters. Let us win the war on terror without your yellow-bellied snivelling and inciteful lies. Nuff Said -