May 13, 2005
I'm going to lay out on the back porch for a while and absorb some sun. I bought me a nice lawn-couch at Wal-Mart today, and I want to soak some rays while I finish reading South Park Conservatives. So far, I'm not really impressed with the book. The author isn't telling me anything I didn't already know after reading Edith Efron's The News Twisters somewhere back around 1976.
Mainstream Media has had a monoply on lying and twisting the news for a long time. Most people never noticed, because that was the only news they received. Walter Cronkite was a God. CBS had its eye on the world.
It wasn't true then, but there weren't many voices clamoring in the wilderness to question them at the time. They got away with spreading pure bullshit, and it stuck, because people had no alternative sources for news.
Those days are gone. The internet and bloggers changed the terrain of journalism, and fossils such as Dan Rather, too set in their ways to see the change, paid for trying to pull the Same Old Shit. You can't just fire from the hip anymore and call it "journalism." Too many people are waiting to fact-check your ass.
I'm going to lay on my back porch, read a book and drink a Shiner beer. I am outfitted to do that. And Walter Cronkite can kiss my Cracker ass.
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