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  •  Absolutely spot-on! (14+ / 0-)

    And I would argue that the best defense that the progressive movement has to the dreck that is mainstream news is to convince as many people as possible to look elsewhere - online news sites, citizen journalism, etc. etc.

    It may not be snazzy or redolent of "tradition", but online journalism is one, much more important thing - unowned. Unowned by the military-industrial complex, the prison-industrial complex, the financial giants, Big Fossil Fuel.....anyone.

    And that means that a citizen journalist lacks one huge incentive to slant the "news" (or just plain make it up) that a "professional" journalist has: money. They're not in it for the Benjamins - they're in it for their sense of right and wrong.

    "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

    by Australian2 on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 03:06:28 PM PDT

    •  A lot of journalists are not in it for the money. (4+ / 0-)
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      Dirtandiron, Papuska, a2nite, MDhome

      Check out the "who makes how much" articles that regularly appear.

      Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

      by dadadata on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 04:39:48 PM PDT

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      •  That is part of the problem. (6+ / 0-)

        Good journalists are not paid enough to stay in the business.

        "Republicans only care about the rich" - My late Father (-8.25, -7.85)

        by Mark E Andersen on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 04:41:59 PM PDT

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        •  And that, "Idea Tripper" is how it's done. (4+ / 0-)

          It is pure Darwinian evolution in action.  "News" organizations make every effort to hire corporate shills or those with potential in that direction.  If they show "whistleblower" tendencies, their work never makes it to print.  If the news some how leaks out the club closes ranks to silence the malefactor.  Perhaps "your students" have never brought this to your attention because they recognize you as part of the problem and any such assertions would be met with, at best, derision or, at worse, a career killing blow.

          You have the right to remain silent. If you waive that right you will be accused of class warfare.

          by spritegeezer on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 05:40:47 PM PDT

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          •  This argument makes no sense. (1+ / 0-)
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            MDhome

            Spoken as someone who knows umpteen journalists.

            I will say that the profession doesn't seem to push reporters to be investigators during their tenure on smaller papers or such operations.

            Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

            by dadadata on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 04:28:38 AM PDT

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