September 08, 2010
A Modest Proposal for the Mainstream Media

It’s not censorship when you do it to yourself, people. It’s editorial judgment.

He whose name ought not to be spoken wants to burn Korans in a southern state on the anniversary of 9/11. He exists as news because various television, internet, radio and newspaper editors and writers decided that he was news. And so he became news.

Another editorial judgment, this one based not on the law of the journalistic herd but on that of common sense, would turn this fool back into nonnews, and restore him to his proper invisibility as pastor of a church with a congregation of fifty. Maybe fifty. Has anybody actually counted, or did you all take his word for it? Because he exaggerates, you know. For instance, he calls himself a Christian.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at September 08, 2010 11:31 AM
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Great observation! My wife has quit turning on the NBC morning show as background noise because I always have a comment when Lauer or Vierra introduce a subject with "what everybody's taking about today." Sadly, the "news as entertainment" era is in full swing and I truly believe these clowns keep score by throwing nonsense out and, if some of it gets attention, they consider it a success. Part two of this theory is the distraction value of nonsense that serves as a decoy to any news the masters don't want us to think about. Part three of this theory is the education system in the USofA has finally been dumbed down to the point these bozos just can't grasp a story that may have more than one moving part. Part four of this theory is the conventional media may figure it out as the ratings for broadcast and print news continues to drop, though it looks like a long shot as the current strategy seems to be doubling down on current practice.

Posted by: Blakenator on September 8, 2010 4:37 PM

What weapons of mass destruction are to the physical world, the weapons of mass distraction are to observation, reasoning and judgement..

Posted by: otherguy overby on September 9, 2010 10:24 AM
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