War and Peace: State of Decay (or how the left is running this country into the ground)
We are a nation at war. We debate the war, we criticize the war, we support the troops. But on the left, noting but scorn, crocodile tears for those suffering, or angst over the war.
The media. Where to begin? When I was a boy the paper was a big thing. From ads, news stories to cartoons, I spend many an afternoon with my father reading the paper. Over time I discovered TV then the internet, but I still kept up with the paper. Now?
NEW YORK — New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has admitted to using a paragraph virtually word-for-word from a prominent liberal blogger without attribution.
Dowd acknowledged the error in an e-mail to The Huffington Post on Sunday, the Web site reported. The Times corrected her column online to give proper credit for the material to Talking Points Memo editor Josh Marshall.– Fox News. (h/t: Jawa)
That stunt would have given me a F in high school. The New York Times kills a story about ACORN and the Obama campaign over “game-changer for either side that close to the election.” Ethics? Naw, those are out of style. The Chicago Sun-Times denounces its readers after running a photo of two lesbians kissing. It seems that people are not entitled to their opinions, unless the paper gives it to them. PBS is going after member stations who air “religious services of faith-based groups” because that is inappropriate. No more Catholic mass for shut-ins, or programming from religious groups that OWN public TV stations. Why? Because it is “harming the brand” (PBS). This corporate statement from a non-profit organization.
The problem is the “person is political” doctrine at the left’s core. It’s all about advancing their agenda no matter the cost. Steal? No problem. It’s just a blog after all. If it had been the other way around however OH THE OUTRAGE!
Bury damaging stories about a presidential candidate? Not if he’s a democrat. A republic gets a rectal exam, but Obama got a pass. The readers are morons who need the media to guide them of course.
There will always be a media, but it will be more local. The big media (print, TV, magazines) will probably die out or become shadows of their former selves. They are narrow casting to the liberal base that hates this country. Patriotic stories, good news from Iraq get buried as they try to trash the last eight years and pump up the empty suits in the Whitehouse. Blogs, the internet, Youtube, they did not kill the media watchdog. It committed suicide from a diet of leftist garbage and a “blame America/hate America” mindset. The people in “flyover” country have moved on, they took their cash with them, starving the traditional media. Even the New York Times admits that the old business models will not carry it through 2011.
Sure, some can make the case for saving the traditional media (from Neptunis Lex):
The Internet mantra is that information ought to be free, but how can it be if the gaining of that information comes at a cost? We’ll either have to suffer the indignity of public sponsorship of media as a kind of utility or incorporate some kind of micropayment scheme. The alternative is a populace dumbed down to a lowest common denominator getting their news from comedians or fools, who stand to knowledge in roughly the same position as Oliver Stone stands to history.
Sadly, until the money and ratings start really dropping (Keith Olbermann is losing to Fox), we can expect more of the same. Government money won’t change that. PBS is government funded, yet they are politically leftist. Traditional media hated the internet because the freedom here erodes their monopoly of TV, print and Hollywood.
We should not subsidize crap. Especially anti-American crap. The masses have spoken, the bloggers are taking down the clowns, the fools and the Oliver Stones. As traditional media dies it rails against them, the last gasps of a dying worldview. Long Live the blogs and local media. National media either has to adapt or die. Succeed on your merits or fail. That is America.
Any government money to big media smacks of the Third World/1984 school of journalism.