Posted by: Ignorethebucklesonmyjacket | August 13, 2012

Soap Box: Journalism


Maybe the greatest career choice I made was NOT pursuing Journalism as a career.

The profession has been corrupted by the Left/Right political system. Rare are the stories written with an open mind with the entire spectrum of facts presented allowing an open interpretation of events.

The failure of the profession to stand up for itself…and puts its’ foot down to stop this has allowed it to be used as a pawn by both parties and created the situation where the entire industry has become impotent and irrelevant.

Do yourself a favor and research what you read…consider the source and what political/economic investment the distributor of information has in the story.

Evaluate if you think Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Keith Olbermann and Rachael Maddow present facts or just what hey want you to hear. Look at Drudge and Huffington and see what stories they put in front of you.

Or not.

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Responses

  1. I agree. I am also disgusted with Facebook and the crap that people write and share – in stupid one sentence sound bites. A relative posted the day after Romney picked Ryan that Ryan was influenced by the devil. Really? The Devil told him to try to reign in the massive spending in Washington? It is ridiculous and ugly out there and getting worse.

  2. It does suck to realize that you can’t trust what you read. Especially on Facebook or most places. The news lies, journalists can lie, anyone can lie. And then if someone is telling the truth, it is harder to believe them.

    • That is the point. It makes everyone cynical.

      • Maybe that is ultimately good, though. In a way. People will be more motivated to seek as many possible sources of information as possible, and will be more tempted to find the real source of something rather than trusting the people who are making money from it. That could actually be good in the long run, as opposed to a long time ago, when there were fewer journalists and sources of information.

      • Unfortunately, I think we see just the opposite…we get our news in two minute bites. I don’t see a lot of research going on out there.

      • The sad reality is that people don’t really want to think. If they “like” a journalist they also “trust” that journalist. Which, of course, is ridiculous. But I hear it all the time. “I like Bill O’Reilly and he says ‘blah, blah, blah’…” (feel free to substitute whoever you want for O’Reilly, it doesn’t matter). And I guarantee you that more people can tell you the names of “The Real Housewives of Whogivesashitville” than can tell you the name of their congressperson.

      • There isn’t a quick way to be educated…but having an open mind is something learned.

  3. I get all my news from The Onion these days. It’s not as funny as Romneycare and Obamacare, but it gives me less heartburn.

  4. Agreed! I’ll stick to creative writing, at least all my lies and story telling is acceptable in the world I create.

  5. I’ve had the same feeling for a long time… just wasn’t able to put it into words as well as you just did. It’s so hard to know what to believe and who to trust anymore.


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