Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Can We Have Our Monopoly Back? Please?

Yet another story of a veteran newsman who longs for the old days when there were only three news networks, all promulgating the same version of the news.

What you've seen in the past dozen years is the journalistic equivalent of the Protestant Reformation of the Catholic Church, and, try as it might, the ecclesiastics of the old religion of information can't hold back the tide of heretics preaching a new creed, unbeholden to the cult of Ss. Murrow, Cronkite and Chancellor.

And even though the Catholic Church eventually reformed itself and was stronger for having done so, the break was permanent, the scales had fallen from the eyes of too many to go back to the old way. And the world, I think, is better for it. And after all, doesn't the Left view itself as the champion of diversity? Not when that diversity includes diversity of thought.


Old NFO said...

Excellent points! And Murrow, Cronkite, Huntly/Brinkly et al DID report fairly...

Rev. Paul said...

Remember, it's only "diverse" if THEY say it is.

Greg Tag said...

Bob and Friends:

When my mother was in Journalism School at the University of Oklahoma in the mid 50's, they were taught " if the reader can tell the reporters politics by word choices or subject approach, then the reporter is making commentary, and should not be on the news pages". She was taught that a good editor should brutally excise any hint of political bias from a story. This was a requirement and the pride of a "professional " journalist.

Times have changed, indeed.

Pinch Sulzberger, publisher and leftist Obama apologist of the New York Times is on record as saying that journalism is political advocacy; objective reporting is not desired.

Sulzberger doesnt want to waste his bully pulpit, I guess, and the NYT's un-abashed leftism has made it irrelevant to anyone outside the Beltway and the coastlines.

This is a far cry from Edward Murrows "objective " approach - maybe he went to OU too. Huntley and Brinkley were pretty old school - plus if you watched them you would see they were rooting for America to win.

The activist trend in broadcast news took root with Walter Cronkite, a reporter lauded for his reporting on WWII, but by the mid 60's he was a tired man pushing a progressive agenda ; he was convinced that we couldnt win in Vietnam, couldnt beat the Russians and Better Red than Dead. Im not sure he wanted America as it was then, to triumph, and Im sure he would be a "Hope and Change " shill today.

And so on, and so forth.