Gut Rumbles

May 15, 2005

some more

I want to elaborate on the post below this one. I attended the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia in 1974-75 and I was appalled by what I saw there. I had professors who were as universally liberal as flying moonbats and "advocacy journalism" was just becoming vogue.

I wanted to be a writer, and I thought that going to journalism school might give me some valuable training. I was mistaken.

Put the time in perspective. I was in J-School right after the end of the Vietnam War and immediately after Woodward and Bernstein set the bar for journalism for the next 30 years. W & B brought down a Presidency and CBS helped us skulk out of Vietnam defeated in the press when we were never beaten in the field. THAT SHIT became what "journalism" was all about.

Advocacy journalism was a disgusting notion to me. The basic premise was that people are too damned stupid to understand the news all by themselves, so you must "intrepret" it for them, so they don't miss the point. Bend it, break it or shake it--- just so you tell the sheeple how to think.

I might have felt better about the idea of advocacy journalism if I hadn't run across some of the most dense, obtuse, ignorant dumbasses I ever met in my life in J-school. Folks, these individuals WERE NOT the best and the brightest people you'd ever want to meet. Some of them couldn't pour piss out of a boot. Most of them couldn't even write. They had about as much real-world experience as South American Pygmies .

THAT's who is giving you your news today.

Plus, the entire "GOTCHA" aspect of journalism was born like a thalidymide baby in those days. Wanna win a Pulitizer? Don't report the NEWS, you idiot! Bring me a severed head on a pike!

That crap has continued for 30 years now, and the MSM has usually gotten away scot-free with its egregious errors, sloppiness and self-centered reporting. I am delighted to see more people paying attention to what these assholes have been doing for a long, long time.

Maybe 90% of blogs are pure crap, but a few of them bring attention to the cockroaches that have been scuttling across the kitchen floors of America without fear of a light ever shining on them and claiming to be "reporters" when they do it. My ass.

Whoever wrote that story for Newsweek should be fired. The editor who ran the story should be fired. The people who were killed as a result of the story should be allowed to sue the magazine and everyone involved in that steaming pile. Accountability should cut both ways.

I see a big change happening in journalism today. The pendulum swings slowly, but I see it moving in the opposite direction now, after it's been heading left for three decades. When "GOTCHA" journalism turns around and GETS YOU, I see good things happening.

I learned all about the "Fairness Doctrine" and the "Fourth Estate" and the "Watchdog of Government" when I was in J-School. You know the one thing NOBODY ever mentioned?



...South American Pygmies? The only Pygmies I recall reading about lived in the Ituri Forest in the republic of the Congo, in AFRICA. I gave birth to one of my children while listening to an album of their music.

Posted by: Bonita on May 15, 2005 07:45 PM

I have not trusted the media since the Vietnam era. Most of the war there was covered from bars in Siagon and damn little from imbedded reporters in the fucking jungle. I have to say though that the governments slant on the war was just as fucked up as the media. Both were feeding the public a line of manure.

The hell of it is that journalists have been liars and truth twisters for a couple of centuries at least. They brought about the American revolution, the civil war, and the Spanish American war, just to name a few, by misrepresentation of facts and inflamatory articles.

I have came to the conclusion that one gets better information from blogs. At least the bloggers make no claim to being unbiased in their articles. They have damn sure put the big media's feet to the fire.

Posted by: GUYK on May 15, 2005 08:26 PM

I gave birth while listening to myself scream, "GIVE ME MORE DRUGS", followed by, "GET IT OUT OF ME......NOW!!!"

Posted by: Ruth on May 15, 2005 08:56 PM

"They brought about the American revolution, the civil war, the Spanish Amercian war, just to name a few..."

Impossible to respond to that. Incredible.

Posted by: jb on May 15, 2005 09:00 PM

Honesty should be a part of everything. Thank you for the heartfelt and great post. Nice job.

Posted by: The Complimenting Commenter on May 15, 2005 09:35 PM

To paraphrase a fairly erudite fellow (acidman); JUST DAMN.
Excellent and insightful writing from a gifted writer with integrity (also acidman).
I also remember the heady days of "anarchy" on campus, when it was easy to rail against "them" (it never seemed to be defined who "them" was); from my perspective, as a working guy, trying to finish a degree, it was bullshit on a shingle.

Posted by: Mike on May 15, 2005 10:02 PM

My High School senior forum class has to read this rag and watch 60 Minutes every week as part of our "education." The instructor of the class would make an excellent propagandist at best, and an average journalist at worst. Everyone in the class is too damned busy getting stoned and hanging out with their friends in their spare time to even consider that the bastards feeding them their information might not be telling the whole truth.

Posted by: JG22 on May 15, 2005 11:04 PM

"They brought about the American revolution, the civil war, the Spanish Amercian war, just to name a few..."

Impossible to respond to that. Incredible.

No response needed. It's the truth. The "newspapers" in those days were known for their extremist propagaqnda. The difference between then and now is that in those days they admitted it, even revelled in it. Consider Hearst and Pulitzer.

Posted by: StinKerr on May 16, 2005 03:33 AM

Most of the Journalism Majors that I met while attending college during that time period (72-74) were people who had found the English Majors curriculum too difficult.

Posted by: Mike Boelter on May 16, 2005 11:07 AM
Post a comment

*Note: If you are commenting on an older entry, your
comment will not appear until it has been approved.
Do not resubmit it.