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Mainstream Media vs
By Gary North
Recently, I was flipping through the local TV channels. I get four stations clearly, but none is worth watching more than once a week. I stopped briefly at an interview. Talking head #1 was a nationally known TV news teleprompter reader, also known as an anchorman. The other one was unfamiliar to me. He was a print media journalist - a reporter. The anchorman began his questioning of the journalist with this observation. "We're both representatives of the MSM: mainstream media."
It hit me. The MSM is at long last visibly on the defensive. The moment you acknowledge that you are part of the mainstream media, you are necessarily also acknowledging the existence of another media, which I like to call the Upstream Media. It swims against the mainstream, which is flowing downstream. It's easy to flow downstream. You just let nature take its course.
The trouble with downstream rafting is that eventually you either hit the rapids or go over the falls. In any movie about going over the falls, someone in the raft asks:
"What's that noise?"
Originally posted by looking4truth
Yep, I think you hit it right on. I almost never watch news on tv anymore, I always look up news on the web, you get the story alot faster that way.
Originally posted by EastCoastKid
The craziest thing happened. I wrote a scathing critique (op/ed) of the botched invasion and occupation of Iraq, demanding for Rumsfeld (et al's) head on a platter for gross incompetence and deriliction of duty. I got a shytload of emails, letters and calls (mainly supporting it). One of the emails I got was from one of our local tv anchormen. He said "Why aren't YOU on the editorial board!!!" That made me totally rethink him. After that, I had some respect for him that I never had before. He just retired, so he was probly old school and just as sick of it all as I am.
Network news shows struggle for survival
By BILL STRAUB
Scripps Howard News Service
June 20, 2005
- No less an authority than Sam Donaldson, the television newsman notorious for bellowing hard questions at presidents, has concluded that it's time to blow taps over that most venerable of institutions, the network evening news.
Beset by mounting competition, journalistic missteps, changing demographics and the departure of some long-term marquee personalities, the network evening news program is a shell of its former self - no longer attracting the devotion that made it, in the 1960s and '70s, America's dominant information source.
"I think it's dead, sorry," Donaldson said during a panel discussion at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas last April. "The monster anchors are through."