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As noted by the LATimes, here are a few examples of humorous jabs taken at Media personalities and even the Media itself:


Obama and Kimmel's best jokes from the Correspondents' Dinner

by Morgan Little, LATimes -- April 28, 2012

On the Media



“I’d like everyone to look under their seats. Under each you’ll find a copy of Keith Olbermann’s resume.” -- Kimmel.

What’s black and white and read all over?   Nothing anymore.” -- Kimmel.

“There’s no one linking to as much hard-hitting journalism as you’re linking to.” -- Obama addressing Arianna Huffington.


Funny stuff.

Funny though, how most of our Traditional Media, neglected to report on the most cutting jab of the night, taken at their expense ...



I could not find any reference to this cutting jab at journalism, in Google News or Bing News, so I transcribed it myself, resourceful hard-working blogger that I am:


Jimmy Kimmel Hosts the 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner  

video clip

[about time mark 23:00, in closing, Jimmy Kimmel: ]

It has been an honor for me to be here, before so many members of the Washington and National Media. You're here tonight because as journalists you care about freedom, free speech, a free press, and most importantly free dinner.

[mild laughter]

Some people say journalism is in decline -- you've become too politicized, too focused on sensationalism.  They say that you no longer honor your duty to inform America -- but instead actively try to divide us, so your corporate overlords can rake in the profits ... I don't have a joke for this. I'm just letting you know what 'some people say.'

[louder laughter and mild applause.]


WOW.  Only wish he would have said "corporate CEO's" instead of "overlords".

I'm surprised it got as good a laugh as it did.  Journalists apparently can laugh at themselves, they just can't take a critical look at, nor report on this well-known decline of the quality of their trade.

Some people say that anyways.  


Meanwhile in another serious, rather somber moment last night, President Obama gave a shout out to "bloggers" -- be it somewhat obliquely ...


Remarks by President Obama at White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, April 28, 2012

by Transcripts Editors for Transcripts and Documents, dailykos.com -- Apr 28, 2012

[in closing, Barack Obama: ]

[...] So whether you are a blogger or a broadcaster, whether you take on powerful interests here at home or put yourself in harm's way overseas, I have the greatest respect and admiration for what you do.  I know sometimes you like to give me a hard time -- and I certainly like to return the favor -- (laughter) -- but I never forget that our country depends on you.  You help protect our freedom, our democracy, and our way of life.

Free press, free speech, and an informed electorate, cutting edge investigations -- these ARE important, aren't they?

Chalk one up for Transparency.  And the First Amendment.


So maybe someday, the American people (along with our "corporate overlords") will start treating Journalism that way again, eh?

... as something serious, as something important, as something essential to a free people.


Then again maybe not.  Maybe they won't ... if the past is any prologue to the future ...

If profits are allowed to remain the end-all, be-all metric, of all things -- American.



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Comment Preferences

  •  Let's make a New Twitter hashtag from last night: (4+ / 0-)
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    jamess, pamelabrown, rubyr, Joieau

    #JakeTapperWroteThat

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 09:18:09 AM PDT

  •  Hmmm? (4+ / 0-)
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    salmo, hannah, rubyr, Joieau

    this "blogging gig"

    doesn't pay as well as it used to ...


    Don't forget to tip the wait staff, people ...

    Thank you very much.


    What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
    -- Maslow ...... my list.

    by jamess on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 09:49:57 AM PDT

  •  They All Assumed It Was Directed at Fox nt (2+ / 0-)
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    jamess, rubyr

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 10:47:33 AM PDT

  •  Shout it from the rooftops (4+ / 0-)
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    literally.

    Some people say journalism is in decline -- you've become too politicized, too focused on sensationalism.  They say that you no longer honor your duty to inform America -- but instead actively try to divide us, so your corporate overlords can rake in the profits ... I don't have a joke for this. I'm just letting you know what 'some people say.'
    They no longer honor it because if they do, they'll be out of work.

    See Akre/Wilson vs New World Communications of Tampa. Or, if you feel like wading through a law review article, there's this one--another PDF (warning: really large file), starts on their page 745. This little excerpt sums it all up nicely:

    According to the Federal Communications Commission’s
    (“FCC”) policy regarding licensing broadcasting companies, “[r]igging or slanting the news is a most heinous act against public interest.”2 Despite the Commission’s emphasis on the honesty of news, on February 14, 2003, the Second District Court of Appeals handed down an opinion in New World Commc’ns. of Tampa, Inc. v. Akre that removed legal consequences for the intentional distortion of news.3 The appeals court stated that the Commission’s policy against the
    intentional distortion of news was not an “adopted” rule within the meaning of the private sector whistle-blower’s statute, essentially holding that it is not illegal to intentionally distort the news.4 According the judge’s reasoning, since the FCC never published their policy against the distortion of news, the policy is not a legal regulation, but rather a policy developed through
    adjudication.
    5
    Seriously, did the diarist really expect someone on the currently-owned airwaves to highlight the truth?

    If nobody was expecting that little nugget to drop out of his mouth, let alone get picked up in the blogosphere, I'm imagining Kimmel's gonna get a stern lecture from those who own his contract....
     

    It is time to #Occupy Media.

    by lunachickie on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 11:01:38 AM PDT

  •  The MSM is such a joke. Today, ABC reported (5+ / 0-)

    that the reporting on the War on Women reflected the DEMOCRATS desperation. George Stephanopoulos said that Democrats weren't really desperate yet but that they HAD to win the female vote. No one reported the actual facts, which is that the Repugs are in a war on women.

    Then on Meet the Press, some asshole Repug shouted down
    Rachel Maddow and condescended to her and barely let her speak and David Gregory did nothing.

    There is no hope for us as regards the MSM. They are hopelessly biased and have the added advantage that most people believe that they are biased in favor of liberals when nothing could be farther from the truth. The only hope that we have lies with the bloggers and political action groups and wonderful people like those who do the Overpass Light Brigade in Wisconsin.

     

    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 11:33:54 AM PDT

    •  I saw that (1+ / 0-)
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      rubyr

      Gregory is not much of a referee,
      especially since he has already "bet on the outcome".


      I thought the panel discussion on Jobs, George Stephanopoulos had today was a step in the right direction.

      At least it wasn't just a constant parade of talking points,
      but rather a discussion about real problems, and possible solutions.


      thanks rubyr for the feedback

      appreciate it  

      ;-)


      What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
      -- Maslow ...... my list.

      by jamess on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 11:41:26 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Except that the "panel" was composed of (1+ / 0-)
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        Republicans + Jennifer Granholm and the one guy who seemed to be for equality for the people, I didn't know his political affiliation. So, say he is a Dem, it was still 2 to 1, Repugs to Dems, repectively. This is going to influence the information that the public gets about who and how jobs are created. It seemed one-sided to me but maybe I am just jaded to the millionth degree.  

        "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

        by rubyr on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 12:20:45 PM PDT

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        •  P.S. I forgot about Paul Krugman but I never (1+ / 0-)
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          think of him as an ally of Obama and re-election is the important thing right now, IMHO.

          "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

          by rubyr on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 12:29:35 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  Hey rubyr, TPM has an article and video up (1+ / 0-)
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      jamess

      about Rachel vs. Alex Castellanos on MTP this morning.  He was infuriating, as was Rep. Cathy McMorris.

      For anyone who missed and wants to read about it or see a full exchange video:

      http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/...

      I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

      by KayCeSF on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 03:30:12 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

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