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Letters to the Editor

Shoddy journalism

June 18, 2010

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To the editor:

“What do we do?” I’ve heard this question echoed around the country more recently than usual in the last few trying weeks. The Earth is bleeding onto American shores, Israel is acting like the neighborhood bully, Iran, global economy, legalized Arizona racism, and now Stephen Hawking wants us afraid of the stars. So, seriously, what do we do?

Who gets the blame and what’s the punishment? One would typically turn to journalism for such answers. Yet, in the last two decades, the profession has become more and more MTV-oriented, as if 14-year-old girls should make the important decisions of our time. Hell, they can’t even make good decisions when it comes to music.

Since the news has none of these answers, let alone questions, I’d say we blame the news. Journalism for the most part, has been diminished to a bunch of church gossips and sorority girls with no interest in anything but their own pitiful careers.

There are, of course, exceptions. As the raid on humanitarians and journalists in international water by Israeli troops proves, being a true journalist has become one of the more dangerous jobs out there. Those that take their responsibility serious are ever-more jailed, tortured, killed or just plain go missing. Kudos to real journalists, we truly do need you. As for the rest of you, please wake up and do your job, or else take the blame that you deserve for years of shoddy work.

Comments

jaywalker 3 years, 10 months ago

Take out the opening paragraph, the inexplicable decision to insult women, and the following ridiculous nugget.....

" As the raid on humanitarians and journalists in international water by Israeli troops proves,...."

...and you might have had a decent LTE, Matt. Instead, massive fail. Better luck next time.

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Liberty_One 3 years, 10 months ago

Liberty275 (anonymous) says…

"When you start thinking in terms of "real journalists" you are well on your way to losing your ability to think for yourself and wide open to manipulation."

This.

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Liberty275 3 years, 10 months ago

Mr Stambaugh, Here's my advice: read articles from corporate news outlets and small websites. Read articles you think are slanted to the left and articles you think are slanted to the right. Read what is written by people you respect and people you hate. Read the opinions of your fellow Americans in forums of different political ideologies. Then make up your mind where YOUR truth exists.

I hate to break it to you, but the journalistic facts you want have always been opinions colored by the source and the reader's perception. There is no black and white nor even gray. It is up to you to make those colors.

When you start thinking in terms of "real journalists" you are well on your way to losing your ability to think for yourself and wide open to manipulation.

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denak 3 years, 10 months ago

"....profession has become more and more MTV-oriented, as if 14-year-old girls should make the important decisions of our time. Hell, they can’t even make good decisions when it comes to music......"

".......to a bunch of church gossips and sorority girls with no interest in anything but their own pitiful careers...."

I think Matt has some anger issues towards females. Perhaps he should be more concerned with that instead of the supposed state of journalism in our country.

Dena

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