The barbarians are through the gates, Part 3

From Friday, Jan 31: New Los Angeles Times owner Sam “The Barbarian” Zell shares his philosophy of “journalism” (it is the job of the journalist to give the readers the puppy dog stories they say they want, rather than the stories on Iraq they need) with a photojournalist employee at the Orlando Sentinel, capping it off with a “Fuck you.”


0 thoughts on “The barbarians are through the gates, Part 3

  1. In today’s Guardian Nick Davies writes this:

    “I commissioned research from specialists at Cardiff University, who surveyed more than 2,000 UK news stories from the four quality dailies (Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Independent) and the Daily Mail. They found two striking things. First, when they tried to trace the origins of their “facts”, they discovered that only 12% of the stories were wholly composed of material researched by reporters. With 8% of the stories, they just couldn’t be sure. The remaining 80%, they found, were wholly, mainly or partially constructed from second-hand material, provided by news agencies and by the public relations industry. Second, when they looked for evidence that these “facts” had been thoroughly checked, they found this was happening in only 12% of the stories.

    “The implication of those two findings is truly alarming. Where once journalists were active gatherers of news, now they have generally become mere passive processors of unchecked, second-hand material, much of it contrived by PR to serve some political or commercial interest. Not journalists, but churnalists. An industry whose primary task is to filter out falsehood has become so vulnerable to manipulation that it is now involved in the mass production of falsehood, distortion and propaganda.”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2251802,00.html

  2. just a point of order…

    before he tells her to fuck off, Zell says that he wants “revenue to be so significant that they can do puppies IN iraq”

    his idea is that journalists need to be committed to the bottom line of making money rather than maintaining a standard of journalistic integrity. To me, that is just as bad as giving readers too much of what they supposedly want (puppies) and denying them the majority of what they supposedly need (iraq)

    i guess iraq is the new guns and puppies are the new butter

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