The Airing of Grievances
Sunday, September 19, 2004
Child of the Media
For a nice companion piece to Jackie's post on the double-standards and bullying of the conservative media, be sure to check out Frank Rich's column in today's New York Times (free subscription required - c'mon there's no excuse for not having free access to the Times). Rich all but sounds the death knell for responsible, truly balanced, televised journalism and declares Fox News the winner and conquerer.
The only hope for a successful alternative is not to fight Fox's fire with imitation Fox fire in the form of another partisan network but to reinvent the wheel with a network that prizes news over endless left/right crossfire. Against the backdrop of what looks to be an indefinite war, there might even be a market for it.Hey Frank, ever hear of the Internet? Who says television is even where you want to go to reinvent the news wheel? Personally, I receive somewhere between 99 and 100% of my news online. Let the low-brow rubes have the televised version of Der Sturmer and think big, man.
For more on how a massive chunk of an increasingly polarized audience gets their news, yet still manages to be completely misinformed, buy "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War On Journalism" here. Better yet, go to your local Tower Records, where I bought my copy for a cool $7.00.