Sean Alexander commented on Betrayed by the Zeitgeist she once channeled, Tina Brown invokes it one last timeI highly doubt it was the spirit of the times, at least as portrayed here. Somebody had a poll, I think it Pew, and it/they concluded that 60% of the public did not believe the media was honest or trustworthy. So if that is to be believed, then why would anyone pay for it? You can put any face on it you desire, but an honest evaluation would show that only one side of most any story is reported. The old adage that there are two sides to every story is no longer evident in most any media outlet. Example- I was stationed in Japan during the LA riots. On base all we had for news station was CNN. All CNN showed was Rodney King getting beat. The Japanese stations, while I could not make out the commentary, showed the entire video. Where ole Rodney threw a deputy across the hood of his car. Societal differences aside, the Japanese I knew could not understand why all hub bub. When I explained ratings to them, they understood, but as one said, "That is not telling the truth." I have many more examples as over the years I have cut out articles up to making pdf versions of the "news" that comes from the media webpages. Until more media outlets print/broadcast the news, and not the news as they view it, then this will continue until no facts will ever be believed, only opinions that pass as such. I feel bad for demise of Newsweek. I was probably the only kid in high school that had subcriptions to Newsweek, Time and U.S. News and World Report. Even then I could see the path away from factual reporting towards selective factual presentation. I had always hoped it was something that would pass.
Posted on December 26th, 2012 7:11pm