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So, tonight, I was cursed enough to sit through the 20/20 "interview" with the woman who recorded what that old, rich, racist said.  Welcome to the end of journalism.  Not that 20/20 is a bastion of journalism, mind you, but there was a time it held at least some relevance.  Now it is simply another infotainment distraction.  

What I should say is the this is the end of journalism on network television.  Do you recall the last time anything found on network TV news was groundbreaking, or even relevant?  Me, either.  I relish every chance I get to open my laptop and read through the missives from numerous sources found on the internet.  But, not everyone has access to that.  Too many Americans still have to rely on over the air TV and printed newspaper for their news.  And, frankly, what they are getting is about as far from news as Beethoven is from Bieber.  

These are no longer newsrooms driven by a quest for truth.  Their motivation has been replaced by a desire for money.  After all, if there has been anything taught to us by the Roberts Court, it's that money talks.  It practically shouts.  And it has drowned out anything resembling balance, insight, and depth in reporting.  Those who do not have access to the internet on a regular basis are left to navigate a minefield of innuendo, fallacy, partisanship, and entertainment masked as news.  The cult of personality trumps all.

You want to know what is really depressing about all this? They keep doing it because it sells.  Because people continue to watch this tripe.  Fox News is an easy target, but the shallowness and misinformation which has become it's bread and butter has been epidemic on the Big Three for years now.  They keep airing this completely useless "information" because people are so desperate to escape from their suffocating existence that they are willing to believe that what some actress wore to an awards show is something worth knowing.

But the responsibility is solely upon the Fourth Estate.  It is their duty to give us what we need (truth) instead of what we want (escape).  As soon as business trumped duty, it was all over.  Is this endemic of unfettered capitalism?  Probably.  Is it characteristic of a society in decline?  I think so.  Whatever it is, it's wrong, I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it any more!

It is time for action!  The way I see to get information to the masses is by supporting municipal fiber data networks.  They have the ability to kill the cable monopolies, and deliver information to everyone.  Imagine a national mobilization to put in place the infrastructure.  Municipalities would not only create skilled jobs to implement and maintain the infrastructure, but also benefit financially from a model that is built on service and the common good rather than profit.

We can make it happen!

Originally posted to bgm1969 on Fri May 02, 2014 at 08:15 PM PDT.

Also republished by Vallejo 21st Century Infrastructure Projects.

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  •  BTW -- Digital killed over the air (4+ / 0-)
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    linkage, murrayewv, a2nite, BusyinCA

    Very few people actually use over-the-air television since analog TV went off the air.  Almost all of them are using cable boxes or other sources to get the signal, rather than the outside antenna needed to pickup up DTV in most locations.

    In 2013 the CEA reported that only 7% of American households receive all of their TV over the air.

    Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

    by benamery21 on Fri May 02, 2014 at 08:25:57 PM PDT

    •  one of my younger colleagues.... (4+ / 0-)

      got an antenna and netflix and cut Comcast.  It may have a return.

      You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

      by murrayewv on Sat May 03, 2014 at 03:27:09 AM PDT

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    •  Poor people are more likely get TV over the air (2+ / 0-)
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      unfangus, BusyinCA

      than rich folk.  This group of voters is more likely to need public services and a political party that protects the least privileged citizens.  Poor people cannot help being "low information" if all their news is from propaganda mills run by big companies.  

      I used to watch the morning news shows as I got ready for work in the morning.  That was when they still contained news and weather.  Now it is down to weather.  

      When I am using the computer I cannot get dressed, fold clothes or do the dishes.  I miss having news on TV.

    •  Not us. Cable is such a lousy deal and (1+ / 0-)
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      horribly expensive. And digital TV added extra over-the-air digital channels which broadcast things like ME TV, RetroTV, MoviesTV, and more.

      GPB has three channels of programing now. 8.1 varies between children's programing during the day to prime time programing at night. 8.2 is always children's programing. 8.3 broadcasts The World programs as well as Moyers & Company.

      You'd be surprised.

      "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

      by Lily O Lady on Sat May 03, 2014 at 11:49:45 AM PDT

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  •  ABC is now Disney if I remember correctly (7+ / 0-)

    Consolidation of our media has created this. There is no value is telling the truth there is value in getting eyeballs to tune into what ever you are showing. Witness CNN's month plus orgy of "Where's Flight 370?" done with all the care of a "Where's Waldo?" book. No, strike that, "Where's Waldo?" didn't pander to their audience.

    GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri May 02, 2014 at 08:26:21 PM PDT

  •  The Free Press As a Concept is a Failure, (7+ / 0-)

    it's a formal ceding of our experience and discourse about reality itself to the rich and their biggest enterprises, and our agreement that they must never be checked, balanced or civilized.

    There have been some periods where the press has been better for the country than others, but remember some of our very framers themselves were shocked at the behavior of the press from the very beginnings of our country, the press has defrauded us into wars and economic scams, and thrown trials and elections all our history.

    Everyone remembers CBS hired Murrow in the 50's but they also fired him in the 50's for being too controversial.

    Corporations owned and sponsored by corporations, granted a fundamental freedom that not even human citizens have, to promote their agenda.

    Gee I wonder what corporations will do with that?

    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 Fri May 02, 2014 at 08:35:42 PM PDT

    •  No, Murrow wasn't fired (5+ / 0-)
      Everyone remembers CBS hired Murrow in the 50's but they also fired him in the 50's for being too controversial.
      From Wikipedia: "Murrow resigned from CBS to accept a position as head of the United States Information Agency, parent of the Voice of America, in January 1961."
    •  Murrow retired (0+ / 0-)

      was black listed

      decided to spend more time with his family

      was hit by a drone strike yesterday, in an attempt to kill a top 3 Al-Queda operative, and is classified as collateral damage.

      Pick one.


      Sad state of the 4th estate these days. In our day, we had Chronkite, and Murrow. Real reporters. Real reporting. Not this corporate BS press release BS we ignore now.

  •  As far as I can tell, the press in the U.S. has (2+ / 0-)
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    always been unreliable. Besides, it is not possible to determine the truth. Certainty is only to be found in the false.
    People arrive at the truth through a process of falsification.
    Cops tell lies because people know what's false and try to correct it. So, in the process, the perps reveal themselves. The press discovers that it gets more attention from errors. So, what incentive is there to be accurate? Attention is what they are after.

    People watch stupid stuff 'cause it makes them feel smarter.

    What people say is not necessarily what they believe. The Cons assume/hope that it is, but we should take heart from the fact that several elections have proved them wrong.

    The liberals' problem is that we care; the cons' problem is that they don't know how to deal with that. I think it's a matter of not being able to reciprocate. Not being able to care may be a lot like not being able to swim. It's equally hard not to care when you're a caring person.

    by hannah on Fri May 02, 2014 at 10:04:04 PM PDT

  •  Thank You - N/T (0+ / 0-)

    "Upward, not Northward" - Flatland, by EA Abbott

    by linkage on Fri May 02, 2014 at 11:21:34 PM PDT

  •  Network TV newsmags haven't been relevant in years (1+ / 0-)
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    60 Minutes, which was once the gold standard in network TV news journalism, has sold out to the corporatocracy, and 20/20 and Dateline have basically become tabloid murder-of-the-week sensational stories with celebrity puff pieces for comic relief.  Rock Center at least made a half-hearted attempt to be serious, but its dismal ratings led to its cancellation.  

  •  I stopped watchinng 20/20 years ago along (1+ / 0-)
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    wilderness voice

    with Dateline NBC and other such junk. There's too much soft core snuff porn, with the murder of the week kind of things. These programs are just painful to try to watch.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Sat May 03, 2014 at 11:52:11 AM PDT

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