Yet another MSM Bash

Tuesday, January 03, 2006
I was fortunate to be able to listen to the Diane Rehm show this morning. Usually this act increases my stomach acid and generally makes me grouchy all day. This show was encouraging because the topic had to do with "wither the MSM" or some such topic. The panelists, and the host, all repeated the same trivial things: "layers of fact checkers;" unsubstantiated bloggers; yada yada.... The good news is if these are the folks who are going to save the MSM, then the blogosphere can kick back, pop the corks and relax--because genuinely, the MSM hasnt a clue.

As an aside, usually my local fishwrap, The Tri-Cities Herald in Kennewick, WA, which represents a pretty conservative constituency, led with its New Years day forecast on the op-ed page: The US Economy: will it recover in 2006? Needless to say, this precipatated a letter to the editor.

The factual quality of American News is really at a low ebb.

21 comments:

MeaninglessHotAir said...

Roger,

Unlike the blogosphere, your letter will be published only at the discretion of your local self-appointed guardians of the news. Here on Flares, we let anybody comment. At least once.

truepeers said...

OH well, the economic perspective of your ordinary Kennewick Man is no doubt ultraconservative.

CF said...

Diane Rehm, If nothing else but her show is available when I'm driving, I turn to church stations. She is not only stupid but her sing song delivery and smugness is impossible to listen to.

Skookumchuk said...

I didn't know who she was and I followed the link to find out. So you guys still listen to NPR, then?

Specter said...

It never fails to amaze me how many people don't understand the economic boom we have been in. It is really incredible how ingrained the MSM message has become. I've had this argument on several blogs and finally had one lady tell me that she doesn't trust government numbers or anything else - she just knows the economy is bad!

Morgan said...

specter,

That's what it comes down to. There's no way to rationally conclude that the economy is currently terrible. You can reasonably opine that the current good economy is unsustainable, you can always argue that it is about to be terrible (on the "your guess is as good as mine" principle), and you can say that things stink for you without fear of contradiction. But the economy's performance was nothing short of stunning last year - oil prices nearly doubled, hurricanes whacked everyone, the media shouted doom all year, yet growth was solid and consistent.

terrye said...

I think most people think the economy is bad because gas is high and health insurance is outrageous and they don't remember what a really bad economy is like. Together with the constant bitching from the media this makes people think times are hard.

I have seen times when jobs were not to be had. Nothing, nada, zip.

Forget arguing about benefits and pay scales.... there were no jobs.

I have not seen it like that in a long time.

Audio books beat the hell out of NPR.

Morgan said...

Well, hurricanes didn't really whack everyone...

MeaninglessHotAir said...

I think most people think the economy is bad because gas is high and health insurance is outrageous and they don't remember what a really bad economy is like.

Terrye scalps another one.

Yes, I remember when there were no jobs at all too. 1970 in Wichita, when NASA shut down the space program and it looked like every single person was going to have to leave town.

Young people now are spoiled by the Eighties and Nineties, which were great (after the Reagan recession) followed by stupendous. Everybody wants stupendous now. They think it's a realistic expectation.

Audio books beat the hell out of NPR. Absolutely true! I've also become very fond of Pimsleur.

David Thomson said...

“It never fails to amaze me how many people don't understand the economic boom we have been in.”

I was surprised to learn that roughly 35% of the population thought we were in a recession in the latter part of 2004! It is amazing that President Bush was reelected. The leftist media did all it could to defeat him. I think it can be safely assumed that this bovine excrement cost George W. Bush at least five percentage points on election day.

I have also learned that that the legacy media probably cost Bush 41 the election of 1992. Do you remember James Carville’s campaign slogan, “It’s the economy, Stupid!” This was pure nonsense. The economic numbers during that time were fairly decent. However, the MSM played along with the myth and George Herbert Walker Bush lost the election primarily because of our nation’s alleged financial troubles.

Buddy Larsen said...

Ross perot didn't help matters much, siphoning off near-20%. Votes that would've gone Bush @ about 3:1. Perot the purveyor of the "giant sucking sound" of jobs going south.

"Ah, jeez, there's a giant sucking sound somewhere--cripes, I can't vote for BUSH!"

So off we went to spend a couple terms under the oval office desk while bin Laden set the house afire.

Buddy Larsen said...

Curville and Beluga--omigawd, those guys were guiding our nation's destiny. And nobody in their right mind would even let that type come in the house.

Doug said...

"And nobody in their right mind would even let that type come in the house"
---
Unless they'e in love.
But then...

Doug said...

"So off we went to spend a couple terms under the oval office desk while bin Laden set the house afire"
---
Well, who's to say he might not have planned setting off an Earthquake?
Then we coulda been right where we shoulda been, If he woulda.

Doug said...

Do you guys refer to it as a
"Ream Job"
when you listen to Diane?

David Thomson said...

“Ross perot didn't help matters much, siphoning off near-20%”

The legacy media did nothing to discourage the economically illiterate Ross Perot. They ran few, if any articles, championing free trade. I am sure that Perot would have been forcefully dealt with if he threatened Bill Clinton’s campaign.

Buddy Larsen said...

O/T but not really.

ex-democrat said...

while reading Truepeers' thread on demographics, it occurred to me that the emotional burden of parenthood is far greater than the financial one.
buddy - as the father of one daughter who's almost 18, and another who's just a few weeks from being born, i can't express how sad and filled with rage that post you linked to made me feel.

Buddy Larsen said...

Sorry, ex--it had the same effect on me (daughters 25,22, 16). The birds of that feather did and do flock together, eh?

--here's back on-thread:

January 04, 2006
FIRST THE KATRINA REPORTING fell apart. Then there was the whole wolf fiasco. Now there's the misreporting of the trapped-miners story.

If bloggers had made these kinds of mistakes, Big-Media folks would be pointing them out as evidence that the blogosphere can't be trusted. But where were all those editors, filters, and fact-checkers?

posted at 01:47 PM by Glenn Reynolds

Doug said...

"Distinguished Professor of Education at University of Illinois? Chicago campus"
===
The idea that we are apparently powerless to do anything about this and the multitude of other outrages in "education" bothers me most.

What comes to mind is what it says about our country in the same way that Hitler reflected on theirs.

MayBee said...

I've never posted before here, but I'm going to be brave and say that I like NPR and very much like Diane Rehm. I hate her voice and I don't always agree with her guests but at least she gives a fair amount of time to a topic and treats her listener as if they have half a brain.

I also like Pimsleur and have Japanese and French loaded on my iPod. I can say "Isn't this nice weather" in Japanese and I am very very proud of myself for that.

But yes, I laughed out loud when I saw the crawler on CNN this morning declaring that new job creation had slowed. It seems there is a new important statistic of the month and it's always the bad one. I'm old enough to remember when candidate George W Bush was accused of 'talking down' the economy.

Even Miles O'Brien in November scoffed at having to do another housing bubble about to burst story. I am sure they are on to themselves.