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Media Beast vs. Public Interest
« on: August 30, 2006, 09:42:47 AM »
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John Mark Karr is one sick puppy -- a school teacher who fantasized that he'd engaged in consensual sex so passionately with six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey that he accidentally killed her.

And television news in our country is one ravenous beast -- abandoning any notion of journalism, proportion or decency to again prey upon JonBenet's corpse for ratings and profit.

God only knows what combination of hurt and mental illness went into producing the sick puppy. On the other hand, there's no mystery about what created the media beast: corrupt government policies combined with corporate greed.

Make no mistake: The media beast is every bit as compulsive and out of control as Karr, who may yet end up behind bars for child pornography. But the beast is free to maul again and again.

For 10 days, TV news has fixated on this imposter-culprit as if he were a world-historical figure -- like Nelson Mandela emerging from prison, only bigger. TV tracked Karr's travels across the globe, telling us what he ate for dinner, analyzing his attire.

To extend Karr's allotted 15 minutes of fame into a 10-day ordeal, TV news ignored important stories of war, environmental degradation, corruption, citizen activism. Instead, TV viewers were offered hundreds of hours of single-minded examination and debate on one burning question: Did Karr do it? The inquiry was relentless and aired all sides.

If only we'd had such in-depth, full-spectrum debate when the Bush team was dragging our country into war based on pretense.

http://www.alternet.org/mediaculture/41030/
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Media Beast vs. Public Interest
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2006, 10:15:13 AM »
Has television news ever really been "hard hitting" journalism?  I mean, the guy's right that TV news certainly could criticize the war more and show human interest junk less, but they don't and they never really have.  And I don't really think that it's because news executives bow and scrape before their government "masters" so much as because that's the kind of thing people seem to want to watch.

If there were a genuine demand for "hard hitting" TV news — a demand that would translate to viewers, and ratings, and money — they'd be on it like a fly on shit.
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Media Beast vs. Public Interest
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2006, 05:07:14 PM »
Seems to me that society as a whole has been progressively dumbed down since the Reagan years, including and especially the news media. Here is a good overview of the media's handling of the Karr-Ramsey case:

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Media frenzy over JonBenet “killer”
ends in fiasco


By David Walsh
 30 August 2006

...On August 17, CNN’s anchor Miles O’Brien began the early morning news program by telling his viewers, “A stunning turn in a decade-old mystery. A 41-year-old school teacher, John Mark Karr, an American, arrested in Thailand just a few hours ago, admitting he killed JonBenet Ramsey.” He went on, taking Karr’s guilt for granted, to ask a correspondent, “And we don’t know, based on all of that, how he came to know or see JonBenet Ramsey at a pageant or whatever?”

Tuesday, without a word of explanation, O’Brien made the briefest reference to the Ramsey case, only the fifth item in the news report, explaining: “John Mark Karr no longer a suspect in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case, but not out of trouble. He faces an extradition hearing today on child pornography charges in California. Authorities say there was no DNA match linking him to the killing of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey ten years ago.”

By 11 a.m., the American media, predictably, had a new case to stick its filthy snout into, the arrest of wanted polygamist Warren Jeffs near Las Vegas. CNN’s Daryn Kagan breathlessly explained, “This developing story. The FBI has one of its ten most wanted in custody this hour. ... And with more on that, on the significance on what this man is accused of doing and why it’s just so incredible, how this Nevada state trooper caught him, let’s go to our Kelli Arena, our justice correspondent, with more on that—Kelli.” Turning on a dime once again, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and the rest of the media were off and running.

The entire sordid Karr affair has revealed the American media, more than ever, to be engaged in one conscious, ceaseless effort to pollute public sensibilities. It deliberately appeals to and encourages the worst instincts in the population.

In obsessively covering stories like the JonBenet Ramsey murder, the media personalities are not, in any sense, betraying themselves. Wealthy, narcissistic, self-involved and uninformed, they tend to be fascinated by the prurient and salacious. This is their ‘meat,’ this is what gets them going, and they assume the same holds true for the general public.

The American political establishment, more broadly, increasingly feels called upon to feed the population stimulants—scandals, sex crimes, celebrities on trial and, of course, terror scares—on a daily basis. As the glue that tenuously holds the Bush administration and the two-party system together—the prosecution of the “global war on terror,” the supposed success of “free-market” policies—threatens to give way, the ruling elite turns ever more hysterically to the politics of diversion and debasement....


http://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/aug20 ... -a30.shtml
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Re: Media Beast vs. Public Interest
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2010, 07:06:03 AM »
Tuesday's Calgary Herald :
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Police seize cellphones, interview drunk teens after girl assaulted in Calgary schoolyard
 Group watches, takes pictures during schoolyard attack on girl as young as 12    A girl as young as 12 was attacked, and possibly raped, in a northeast schoolyard just before the supper hour Monday as a group of youths looked on and took photos


Wednesday's NaPo :
 
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What happened in Calgary schoolyard was shocking, horrible...and not true.
 

Not a rape, not kids photographing a rape, no violence.
But thanks for playing, Calgary Herald

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Re: Media Beast vs. Public Interest
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2011, 01:42:18 PM »
I guess this thread will work - Excellent essay by Kai Nagata on why he quit his media job (and where he sees the country going):
 
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...I have serious problems with the direction taken by Canadian policy and politics in the last five years. But as a reporter, I feel like I’ve been holding my breath. Every question I asked, every tweet I posted, and even what I said to other journalists and friends had to go through a filter, where my own opinions and values were carefully strained out. Even then I’m not sure I was always successful, but I always knew at the CBC and subsequently at CTV that there were serious consequences for editorial...

http://kainagata.com/2011/07/08/why-i-quit-my-job/
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Re: Media Beast vs. Public Interest
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2011, 04:00:32 PM »
I play with fire all the time.
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Re: Media Beast vs. Public Interest
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2011, 07:07:29 PM »
 :flame
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Re: Media Beast vs. Public Interest
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2011, 07:32:01 PM »
« Last Edit: July 09, 2011, 07:35:09 PM by Holly Stick »
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Re: Media Beast vs. Public Interest
« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2012, 04:50:59 PM »
I don't know if anyone noticed this report on political media coverage when it came out in July:

http://www.samaracanada.com/what-we-do/democracy/occupiers-and-legislators

A blog post about it:

http://originsofpolitics.ca/2012/07/03/biaswhat-mainstream-bias/

From tweet: https://twitter.com/frankejames/status/233207193741185026
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Re: Media Beast vs. Public Interest
« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2012, 06:18:40 PM »
That's really interesting Holly Stick, thanks.


Which brings us to the really fascinating part of the Samara research. It analyzed one million tweets and found that 73 per cent of tweets about government legislation linked to mainstream media and only 2 per cent linked to alternative media. But in the case of the Occupy movement, 70 per cent linked to alternative media but only 30 per cent to mainstream media.

Do you think links to mainstream media happens so often (re: gov legislation) is because people are afraid to link to alternative for fear of being told 'that isn't credible because....'?

And the Occupy links to alternative media is because people already associated with alt fear being mocked if they linked to mainstream media?
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Re: Media Beast vs. Public Interest
« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2012, 08:02:05 PM »
People may expect the MSM to be more accurate about government legislation on the assumption that they should be less partisan than alternate media and maybe better informed.

But much of the MSM didn't seem to understand what Occupy was all about.
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Re: Media Beast vs. Public Interest
« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2012, 09:38:55 PM »
 8) ahem!

One of our Ottawa people was supposed to do a story on the actual report but, if it was done, I missed it
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Re: Media Beast vs. Public Interest
« Reply #14 on: August 08, 2012, 10:06:04 PM »
Very interesting article, though I do harbour more than a touch of suspicion about the depth of her commitment. Yes, of course she is considerably younger than I am, but she spent all her teenage and most of her adult years to date as an unquesitoning tool of the ruling class, or just an uncritical passive individual. She voted for Harpo in 2008, only four years ago, when she had certainly passed 25, no longer really a "youth".

The other aspect that galls is the "don't have to work" thing. That is the elitist aspect of much non-MSM blogging and alternative journalism, and this kind of person is likely to phone me up to write or translate something gratis. I have had more than a few such experiences. We do need a model in which media people can be paid. At least enough for rent, catfood, coffee, cheese and wine...
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