Cassandra says

I’m on email lists with activists, journalists and other “elites” (as Republicans would call them). Mostly, they are very nice, smart people. But after all these years, their limited and persistent world view still surprises me, and I find myself going back to the old-time blogs to cleanse the mental palate. Because what bloggers have been doing for 15+ years is pointing out the failings of the media regarding the issues of the day, and the media are still more concerned about their own feelings than anything else. They hate self-criticism.

I’m not saying that to be mean; I’m frustrated, and trying to describe the problem.

For instance: The fact that the New York Times has neither retracted nor apologized for the egregious coverage of Hillary Clinton, But Her Emails, Clinton Cash, and the Comey investigation, and their last-minute absolving of Trump’s Russia connection, shows me they are, like any other information, to be taken with salt.  A lot of salt! To the media people, the Times is — I wouldn’t say above reproach, exactly, but they are reluctant to acknowledge the ongoing systemic problems and bad incentives.

More than 10 years ago, I was part of a group of bloggers and journalists who worked to put on a conference at Penn meant to prepare journalists for the new online world. I was taken aback once I learned just how large the grudge journalists held against us, and how they were not listening to the useful advice we gave. What they resent the most on some primal level (this is my theory, anyway) is that bloggers are in the habit of saying what we really think, and most of them can’t. Not if they want to keep their jobs. They have to color within the lines.

Also, our instincts have been right a lot more often than theirs. Which of course makes them even more resentful (if they think about the dirty fucking hippies at all these days).

We were right, but so was Cassandra, and no one ever believed her. And what’s their beef? I don’t see many journalists begging readers for money to fix their cars.

Ah, well. Grass is greener, etc.

3 thoughts on “Cassandra says

  1. Thanks. That explains a lot. That’s what I’ve seen in the small contact I’ve had with people in the business. When I mention the blogs, or show them links to some of the best, their response is that I should spend more time reading the mainstream publications.

    Speaking recently with one of them I got sputtering outrage when I noted in passing that the NYTimes was not always trustworthy. The same media pro who was so offended by that remark was also completely unfamiliar with the term neoliberal and completely unaware of the previous existence of the Fairness Doctrine – which shocked me.

    I spotted this recently –

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/10/on-safari-in-trumps-america/543288/

    The article relates a trip the Third Way people took to flyover country to sample public opinion. Lucky for us a reporter with the Atlantic was along to report on all of it. They actually did get some good solid feedback from the people they met. Even so, when they summarized their findings and reported on them, they drew the conclusions their sponsors wanted to hear, instead of the truths the people they spoke with actually shared with them.

  2. What I hear about the NYTimes is their editorial board is the problem. I think that is also probably the problem with the WSJ.

  3. Everybody is spinning their own personal narrative and nobody enjoys being criticized on account of that’s the way human nature rolls.
    Then there’s the ever present problem of knowing on which side your bread is buttered so as not to say the wrong thing at the wrong time. Pablum.
    So going through the back door is always the easiest way to gain entry.

    For example, next Tuesday, Trump will begin boycotting Iranian oil and intimidating the rest of the world into following suit.
    Any renegades will have their banking systems disrupted by the IMF which the US controls.

    The US is leading a coalition of Fascist Kings and Dictators in the ME in an effort to overthrow the regime in Iran.

    Isn’t that backwards?
    Doesn’t America stand on the side of democracy, regardless of how flawed it is, and against tyranny?

    The people in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, UAE, Egypt, etc. do not get to vote for their leadership so they live in a tyrannical state.
    The people in Iran do vote and so they live in a representative democracy, flawed as it might be.

    If Trump (Kushner) and Netanyahu press ahead with their plan for regional dominance, the blowback will be brutal and harsh.*

    *None of this will every be said in just this way by anyone paid by the NYT or the Washington Post or the Los Angeles Times, even though all of the facts contained therein are correct.

    Which is why you’ll only find it published on one of the best blogs around, Suburban Guerrilla.
    Thanks Susie.

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