Journalism: Rest In Peace



Journalism lies in the hands of media groups; thus look what happened to its independence and ethics...

Friday evening: I turn on the TV and on a political show, on CNN, there is a discussion on an extremely crucial issue...David Letterman’s sex “scandal”.
Then I watch the Portuguese news channels and instead of analysing in depth the current quid pro quo between our president and the government, they comment on football (soccer), and nonchalantly suggest that some referees may be corrupt.

Saturday evening: on CNN, David Letterman’s sex adventure with some of his female staff is still “news”.
On the Portuguese news channels, finally, the municipal elections take over the scene: communist candidates look at decayed buildings and promise to tackle the situation (detail: some of these candidates have been elected aldermen for more than 13 years; so a question is in order: why didn’t they tackle the situation before?); socialist candidates cannot control their party members (who in a certain constituency beat up members of the opposite campaign [centre-right wing] – oh, classy!); social-democrat candidates (in some cases, in coalition with the Christian party [right wing]) present some decent electoral programs and at the same time engage in kitchen sink arguments with the socialists.

Sunday evening: I give the news a rest, hopeful that on Monday fresh news will be bestowed upon me.

Monday evening: on CNN, David Letterman’s sex extortion case is still hype and I nearly emailed the news network (in question) to tell them “Give it a rest! The man had sex: so what? Can we, please, go back to discussing the Goldstone report?”...but I didn’t...instead I decided that if Tuesday they’d talk about the same thing, I’d switch to that ghastly news channel called Fox News.
On the Portuguese news field, David Letterman’s case finally arrives, only extremely briefly (because even the Portuguese know that this is not a subject worthy of being the centrepiece of news – I even bet some Portuguese anchors and presenters [both male and female] thought to themselves “Lucky bastard! I wish...”). Then, thank God, they focused on our Republic’s anniversary: yes, sir...it is now 99 years old (Happy Anniversary, Portugal)! I even enjoyed watching the members of the “Causa Real (Royal Cause)” party waving the monarchic flag and promising to bring back monarchy to Portugal – good luck with that, mates!

This being said, gone are the days when the words journalism and quality walked hand in hand.
Long gone are the days when reporters would draw the public’s attention to real issues; when journalists transmitted the news with a respectable amount of impartiality (which encouraged people to think and make decisions by themselves).
Today, journalism lost its focus, its sense of purpose, its ethical code and nearly turned into a stripper dancing to the sound of marketing trash-music, while waiting for the ads to slip a 20 inside its knickers.

Image: Taken from here

Comments

  1. Oh Max I agree with you. There's so much media hype created when a popular person makes a scandal or when a celebrity dies, they tend to set aside real issues because they make bigger money out of it.

    Great post! Have a great week sweetie. *hugs*

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  2. More importantly, IMPARTIAL journalism is gone. Most journalists have their own political agenda which they are trying to push.

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  3. Hi Max,

    Just stopped in briefly to say welcome back darling.

    It is utter ridiculous what the "news stations" choose to broadcast.

    Letterman himself is making a travesty out of it by pretending to apologize to the audience when he should really be talking to his wife. Why do they have to wash their dirty laundry in public. Enough is enough.

    Though I am taking a brief break from blogging, I will try to drop in to see you.

    Anniversary Cheers!

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  4. Things are currently bad, but I can't remember when things were ever any better. Ted Kennedy's recent death is a reminder of his favorable news treatment in the 1960's. Dan Rather's handling of reporting related to the Kennedy assassination arguably set the pattern for decades of "drive by journalism".

    There is a change that has occurred due to a breakdown of taboos. Thus, we got a story recently about a policeman molesting cows, which we wouldn't have gotten in the 60's.

    Have things really gotten any worse? Or is it just the MSM (Main Stream Media) lamenting their loss of prestige and control?

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  5. Max:

    I agree with you 100% on this one. Profit comes before news to the media. Plus, I am sick and tired of the liberal bias in the media. I said it---liberal bias. Everything reported has to be broadcast with the reporters personal political point of view. I could care less about the reporters personal thoughts---liberal or conservative. I want the facts as they are and let me decide what I believe. The media likes to pride itself on being objective and balanced. Hogwash. Every story from a cat stuck in a tree to the horrors of a serial killer are anything but objective and balanced. Even the online media is biased. You can't get a straight story out of anyone. I've already canceled my newspaper subscription. It was just way over the top--brainwashing instead of reporting. Next I might throw my television out the window. I've had it.

    And another thing that gripes me, at least in the US, is that the media insists on telling the world about our war strategy. Nothing is a secret. One reporter even took pictures of CIA operatives and showed them around putting lives in danger. It's all gone way too far.

    But what can we do? Boycotting doesn't work. I wouldn't want to live in a country where the government controls the media. But there doesn't seem to be an answer.

    That's my two cents.

    Happy trails.

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  6. Ah...I rarely watch the news these days and only turn on the TV to watch our fave series or some DVDs...so I only get to see some bits of news or read the newspaper or magazines...but I remember that in Indo there are so many infotainment channels where they keep on repeating what happens to celebrities and it gets SOOOOO boring after a while. Ugh...

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  7. Ciao Max,

    To me journalism was an amazing profession because I learned how to read on a newspaper.
    In my house we're used to reading 4 newspapers per day, just to compare the different perceptions.
    Nowadays, journalism is more didactic than informative: so sad!

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  8. Hi Liza :D!

    "There's so much media hype created when a popular person makes a scandal or when a celebrity dies, they tend to set aside real issues because they make bigger money out of it."

    Sad but true, darling *nodding*...

    "Great post! Have a great week sweetie. *hugs*"

    Thanks, my dear friend :D!
    Have a superb week, sweetie *hug*!

    Liza, thank you for having dropped by and shared your thoughts with us :D!

    Cheers

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  9. Hey D!

    :D

    "More importantly, IMPARTIAL journalism is gone. Most journalists have their own political agenda which they are trying to push."

    So true! And that is one feature that annoys me so much *nodding*. It's like they're saying we can't think (or worse, they try manipulating us).

    D, thanks a million for your input :D!

    Cheers

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  10. Hi Lady A :D!

    "Just stopped in briefly to say welcome back darling."

    Awww, you are sweet!! Thank you for this wonderful surprise :D!

    "It is utter ridiculous what the "news stations" choose to broadcast."

    Isn't it?

    "Letterman himself is making a travesty out of it by pretending to apologize to the audience when he should really be talking to his wife. Why do they have to wash their dirty laundry in public. Enough is enough."

    I agree. He saw a business opportunity in this case *nodding*. It is none of our business, what he does or doesn't do and yet networks try to feed us with this for days - shame on them.

    "Though I am taking a brief break from blogging, I will try to drop in to see you."

    Girl, you don't have to; unless you miss me a lot lol ;)! Have a great brief break, my dear friend :D!

    Lady A, thanks for your input and for the surprise visit :D!

    Have a break, have a Kit Kat Cheers

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  11. Hey Looney :D!

    "Things are currently bad, but I can't remember when things were ever any better. Ted Kennedy's recent death is a reminder of his favorable news treatment in the 1960's. Dan Rather's handling of reporting related to the Kennedy assassination arguably set the pattern for decades of "drive by journalism"."

    I still remember when journalism was good in Portugal; but now it is bad, really bad.
    Well, Ted Kennedy's demise was over exposed if you ask me...

    "There is a change that has occurred due to a breakdown of taboos. Thus, we got a story recently about a policeman molesting cows, which we wouldn't have gotten in the 60's."

    What?

    "Have things really gotten any worse? Or is it just the MSM (Main Stream Media) lamenting their loss of prestige and control?"

    LOL "loss of prestige and control" this was a good one...
    All I can say is: they do not inform any longer, they make a spectacle out of themselves.

    Looney, thanks for your comment; I loved it! :D

    Cheers

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  12. Hi Swu :D!

    "I agree with you 100% on this one."

    Oh my God, he agrees with me...Did this really happen? LOL ;)

    "Plus, I am sick and tired of the liberal bias in the media. I said it---liberal bias."

    Preach it, brother!

    "Everything reported has to be broadcast with the reporters personal political point of view. I could care less about the reporters personal thoughts---liberal or conservative."

    You know?

    "I want the facts as they are and let me decide what I believe."

    Exactly!

    "The media likes to pride itself on being objective and balanced. Hogwash. Every story from a cat stuck in a tree to the horrors of a serial killer are anything but objective and balanced. Even the online media is biased. You can't get a straight story out of anyone. I've already canceled my newspaper subscription. It was just way over the top--brainwashing instead of reporting."

    So so true! Hear, Hear!

    "Next I might throw my television out the window. I've had it."

    LOL LOL LOL take it easy, Swu...

    "And another thing that gripes me, at least in the US, is that the media insists on telling the world about our war strategy. Nothing is a secret. One reporter even took pictures of CIA operatives and showed them around putting lives in danger. It's all gone way too far."

    I wonder about that too. Sometimes I am like "shouldn't this be a secret?"...but there they are exposing everything on TV, giving terrorists the right ingredients to operate.
    You know, they have done the same thing here: the took the secret services agent's names and placed them in the newspapers for everybody to see...what is wrong with these people?

    "But what can we do? Boycotting doesn't work. I wouldn't want to live in a country where the government controls the media. But there doesn't seem to be an answer."

    Nothing, it is the fruit of freedom of speech. It is better this way, though...can you imagine if we had a government (like Iran's) telling the media what to broadcast? Hell no!!

    "That's my two cents."

    Fantastic two cents!

    Swu, thank you so much for your superb input, I loved it :D!

    Cheers

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  13. Yes, pop journalism feeds to the base desires of the public and that is what seems to be prevalent across the media. I do know there are still some serious journalists out there who are covering real news. The problem is finding an audience in today's sound byte customers minds.

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  14. Hi Max,

    R.I.P indeed, for as opposed to reigning mediocrity, actually, journalism used to represent a gang of cultivated women and men who knew how to structure and write an article.

    If one browses news, both on paper and on the internet; it will get extremely discouraged for either the writing is prolixe or too long or both; and one has to go back to the beginning to actually understand what was intended to.

    We believe that journalism has lost its independence, objectivity and ethics for the Media groups have a range of interests in various sectors.

    Max...Good job!!!

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  15. Now, I agree with you!

    (Just went back to read your comment on the communism debate! ;-))

    Media drive me crazy.

    It's breaking my heart that some talented journalists are risking their lives everywhere in this world to bring meaningful news and to shed the light on various little known issues while we are force fed this meaningless stories on mainstream media.

    North America is the worse I believe... it's all about entertainment and scandal but very little in-depth knowledge.

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  16. Agreed! I almost can't stand the news except the Economist and NPR. That being said, sex sells and network news is all about ratings.

    I hope all is well with you Max! Take Care!

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  17. Hello Max!

    LOL Well that was going to be one of my Graffiti topics! The story as imperfectly told…

    Once upon a time Journalism led a healthy and robust life. Journalism’s childhood was surrounded by events that moved along at a rather leisurely pace… Journalism’s parents Integrity and Honesty raised little Journy into an understanding that communication of news and events was important for community and should be spread far and wide in thoughtful truthful manners full of solid character and vigour. However of course those formative informative years also had some innocence…

    After graduating Journy courted and married Integrity. Journy’s new in-laws Honour and Hustle welcomed Journy to the family and this larger family proved to widely expand the sense of quality and community necessary to lead a better informed life…in a timely manner…perhaps too timely as haste seemed to grow in necessity over veracity…

    Journy and Integrity welcomed their first child into the world as Objectivity was born. Looking into the adoring eyes of little Objectivity Journy began to make haste more often and spent less time at home with Integrity.

    Sadly Journy started to hang out with the wrong crowd Opinionated (not to be misconstrued for cousin Opinion), Scoop, Celebrity, HyperSkeptical, Lazy, Sleazy and a host of others…Ends and Means for two….

    Integrity spent time raising little Objectivity and their latest child TalkRadio (there were others but sadly not all survived). Journy started to freelance free time with others and adultery was whispered among neighbours and all over day time TV….Soon they were offered their own Prime Time show….

    This caused a real fiscal problem for the family descending into desperation… Journy and Integrity although estranged managed a one night stand and into this world was born Blogging…Now as Objectivity was the eldest child this had a positive effect upon TalkRadio and Blogging but it didn’t seem to take long for them to have some major problems as they hung out with Paparazzi, Gossip, FlagrantVulgarity, DramaQueen, NoNothing, BleedingHeart, ConservativeCommotion and a party of others…

    In a disaster they were all upon the same raft harassed by TweetingBirdy, MyAndMe and SoundBite…

    However they all circled the wagon when upon the horizon could be seen Censorship….

    Who wants to tell…the rest of the story…

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  18. L.S., Max

    Though I am nearing the end of my long day, I just wanted to say that L.S.'s comment was sheer brilliance! I LOVE IT!

    Thanks.

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  19. Hey Amelia :D!

    "(...) but I remember that in Indo there are so many infotainment channels where they keep on repeating what happens to celebrities and it gets SOOOOO boring after a while. Ugh..."

    Girl, I know what you mean! I can't stand that kind of TV show *nodding*.

    Amel, my darling, thank you so much for your input :D!

    Cheers

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  20. Ciao Dux :D!

    "To me journalism was an amazing profession because I learned how to read on a newspaper."

    I know someone who also learned how to read on a newspaper...I find it admirable :D!

    "In my house we're used to reading 4 newspapers per day, just to compare the different perceptions. Nowadays, journalism is more didactic than informative: so sad!"

    As it should be - we should never read one newspaper only (it limits us).
    So sad indeed!

    Dux, grazie mille for your input (it is always a pleasure) :D!

    Cheers

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  21. Hi Mark :D!

    "Yes, pop journalism feeds to the base desires of the public and that is what seems to be prevalent across the media."

    Yes, you have brought an important point up: the desires of the public. Indeed, the majority of people wants trash and trash is what is delivered - no one wants to think anymore, they want to be entertained.

    "I do know there are still some serious journalists out there who are covering real news. The problem is finding an audience in today's sound byte customers minds."

    There are, it is true. You are right.

    Mark, outstanding comment for which I thank you (you have brought a relevant issue to the table) :D!

    Cheers

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  22. Hi Circulus Ciceronis :D!

    "R.I.P indeed, for as opposed to reigning mediocrity, actually, journalism used to represent a gang of cultivated women and men who knew how to structure and write an article."

    I still remember those days, yes...
    They even inspired children to become journalists (because there was this notion that journalism was similar to philosophy: the search for truth); but today only a very few can be recognised as journalists of quality.

    "If one browses news, both on paper and on the internet; it will get extremely discouraged for either the writing is prolixe or too long or both; and one has to go back to the beginning to actually understand what was intended to."

    Aaah, so true! I could offer a list of examples...but I love living LOL ;).

    "We believe that journalism has lost its independence, objectivity and ethics for the Media groups have a range of interests in various sectors."

    Exactly!

    "Max...Good job!!!"

    Aaah, you guys...thank you :D!

    C.C, thanks a billion times for your input (I loved it) :D!

    Cheers

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  23. Hey Zhu :D!

    "Now, I agree with you! (Just went back to read your comment on the communism debate! ;-))"

    LOL LOL :D! (I loved your comment on that post; despite our disagreement :D...)

    "Media drive me crazy."

    I feel you!

    "It's breaking my heart that some talented journalists are risking their lives everywhere in this world to bring meaningful news and to shed the light on various little known issues while we are force fed this meaningless stories on mainstream media."

    You have raised an important issue: exactly, there are very talented journalists who do a terrific job and end up by being overshadowed by low-quality journalism.

    "North America is the worse I believe... it's all about entertainment and scandal but very little in-depth knowledge."

    I agree with you.
    In Europe, there is still a certain allegiance to serious matters (although some networks are beginning to follow the North American model).

    Zhu, fantastic comment (you touched an extremely relevant point): thank you :D!

    Cheers

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  24. Hi Scott :D!!

    "Agreed! I almost can't stand the news except the Economist and NPR. That being said, sex sells and network news is all about ratings."

    You're right, man!

    "I hope all is well with you Max! Take Care!"

    All is well, thank you, darling :D! I hope all is well with you and your beautiful family too :D!

    Scott, thank you so much for your input and delightful visit :D!

    Cheers

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  25. Hi LSus :D!

    "LOL Well that was going to be one of my Graffiti topics! The story as imperfectly told…"

    LOL no!! I am sorry I ruined your flow, man (I had no idea)!
    Let's hear it :D...

    1st paragraph: brilliant!

    "After graduating Journy courted and married Integrity. Journy’s new in-laws Honour and Hustle welcomed Journy to the family and this larger family proved to widely expand the sense of quality and community necessary to lead a better informed life…in a timely manner…perhaps too timely as haste seemed to grow in necessity over veracity…"

    *nodding in utter agreement*....

    "Journy and Integrity welcomed their first child into the world as Objectivity was born. Looking into the adoring eyes of little Objectivity Journy began to make haste more often and spent less time at home with Integrity."

    *Proud of being your friend moment*...

    "Sadly Journy started to hang out with the wrong crowd Opinionated (not to be misconstrued for cousin Opinion), Scoop, Celebrity, HyperSkeptical, Lazy, Sleazy and a host of others…Ends and Means for two…."

    "not to be misconstrued for cousin Opinion" LOL LOL excellent!
    So true, so true...

    "This caused a real fiscal problem for the family descending into desperation…Journy and Integrity although estranged managed a one night stand and into this world was born Blogging…Now as Objectivity was the eldest child this had a positive effect upon TalkRadio and Blogging but it didn’t seem to take long for them to have some major problems as they hung out with Paparazzi, Gossip, FlagrantVulgarity, DramaQueen, NoNothing, BleedingHeart, ConservativeCommotion and a party of others…"

    Blogging as fruit of a one night stand? LOL LOL...you kill me.
    Indeed, sheer decadence *nodding*...

    "In a disaster they were all upon the same raft harassed by TweetingBirdy, MyAndMe and SoundBite…"

    LOL LOL LOL...

    LSus, you said "as imperfectly told" I beg to differ: as perfectly told, you mean!
    This was one of the best comments you have ever made, here at the MAX: thank you, thank you, thank you, my dear friend *bowing*!
    You rock :D!

    Cheers

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  26. Alexys & LS,

    "Though I am nearing the end of my long day, I just wanted to say that L.S.'s comment was sheer brilliance! I LOVE IT! Thanks."

    Wasn't it? He is amazing!

    Thanks, LS, indeed!

    Cheers

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  27. Hi Max,

    There are a few things that one shouldn't dare lecturing the Sweedish: health care, social secuirty, independence (i.e. rationality)...oh yeah...Nobel Awards.

    Nobel Peace Prize isn't mainly about achievements; it is also about rewarding effort, courage and humanitarism.
    The Nobel organization is a privately held body that does not decide based on emotions; it is a board known for having a mind of its own.

    All day every TV and radio stations asked the same idiotic question "Did Mr. Obama deserve to win the Prize?"...Well, guess what? Apparently he did for he got it.
    If the Media really wanted to get a kick out of emotions, there's always people ready to be played: ill loved; discontent; enraged, racist, jealous, narrow minded people etc etc. Just like a witch gets a kick out of stirring a pot of miscellaneous; the question should have been:
    "Should we, the people, call Mr. Obama out if he doesn't honour this Prize and the Nobel's name?"

    However the Media has gone mad and the fifth power is nude.

    Bye, Max: girl, you rock!

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  28. Obama winning the peace prize is brilliant! He should also get the prize for economics!

    The real question is will Obama use the prize money to help pay down US debt…try counting this high (check out the debt per taxpayer, third bubble from the top left):

    http://www.usdebtclock.org/

    The Obama war on wealth continues….

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  29. Thank you Alexys Darling…*bowing* or even *bowling*

    The “sheer brilliance” you observe is the luster of light aglow from my red ruffed lemur fur…

    ;)

    After the announcement today I can say…how nice it would be to have you and Mr. Mel Slogbite in the Whitehouse…perhaps an Oscar could be on the bill…I would give you one for your potential…no need to perform…

    Always a pleasure Madam X…

    LS

    P>S> Dear Max your word verification was JediMindTricks

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  30. True investigative reporting, as far as I can see, lays in the hands of those that NOT on the look out for titillating their viewers at every opportunity with stories based on lies, half truths, hearsay and innuendo, that may boast ratings, but cause irreparable harm to innocent people or organisations caught in the web of popular media types who’s soul purpose in life is capturing sponsorship dollars and increasing their ratings at any cost.

    I’m all for exposing the corrupt and telling it as it really is, but from what I can see, there is very little down to earth and honest reporting these days. That is until the other day when I came across SLUM-TV.ORG

    It is run by special group of young people from of Kenya that report on “what is good and what is bad” in their hometowns, and, for no personal financial reward at all. Although I believe this one has crossed your path already, it’s well worth a look for those not having seen it already.

    As for David, he is obviously in damage control to save his spot on television, which he will no doubt do, but saving his marriage will be an uphill battle.

    Lastly, well done for telling it as it is!

    Take Care,
    Peter

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  31. Hi! Back again. That link didn't work the way I wanted it to in this comment form. So feel FREE to delete it. Now, I'll try again.

    True investigative reporting, as far as I can see, lays in the hands of those that NOT on the look out for titillating their viewers at every opportunity with stories based on lies, half truths, hearsay and innuendo, that may boast ratings, but cause irreparable harm to innocent people or organisations caught in the web of popular media types who’s soul purpose in life is capturing sponsorship dollars and increasing their ratings at any cost.

    I’m all for exposing the corrupt and telling it as it really is, but from what I can see, there is very little down to earth and honest reporting these days. That is until the other day when I came across SLUM-TV.ORG

    Link: http://slum-tv.org/

    It is run by special group of young people from of Kenya that report on “what is good and what is bad” in their hometowns, and, for no personal financial reward at all. Although I believe this one has crossed your path already, it’s well worth a look for those not having seen it already.

    As for David, he is obviously in damage control to save his spot on television, which he will no doubt do, but saving his marriage will be an uphill battle.

    Lastly, well done for telling it as it is!

    Take Care,
    Peter

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  32. can't agree more with you Max...today journalism & media is more about 10 second 'bytes and 'jingos' and that too focusing either on the rich and famous who just to promote themselves feed some boring scandals to the media who just catch it up...media today is more acting like moral police and are acting like law courts...ethics and truthfulness has all taken a back seat...nice reading!

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  33. RIP journalism. It's pretty sad when the most reliable news people are comedians like Stewart and Colbert!

    The times we live in!!! :(

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  34. Hi Peter :D!

    "True investigative reporting, as far as I can see, lays in the hands of those that NOT on the look out for titillating their viewers at every opportunity with stories based on lies, half truths, hearsay and innuendo, that may boast ratings, but cause irreparable harm to innocent people or organisations caught in the web of popular media types who’s soul purpose in life is capturing sponsorship dollars and increasing their ratings at any cost."

    Preach it, Pete!! *High 5*!

    "I’m all for exposing the corrupt and telling it as it really is, but from what I can see, there is very little down to earth and honest reporting these days. That is until the other day when I came across SLUM-TV.ORG"

    Me too: I am totally for exposing the corrupt and the apparent reality (without manipulating the minds of the viewers/readers). There are very few honest reporters, it is true. Let me check Slum TV: YES! This is what I am talking about! Thanks, Peter...I loved this link, mate :D! My kind of site!

    "It is run by special group of young people from of Kenya that report on “what is good and what is bad” in their hometowns, and, for no personal financial reward at all. Although I believe this one has crossed your path already, it’s well worth a look for those not having seen it already."

    Blessed be this group. No, I didn't come across this site yet (and I don't even know how; I guess now was the right time); so thanks a million, mate :D!

    "As for David, he is obviously in damage control to save his spot on television, which he will no doubt do, but saving his marriage will be an uphill battle."

    I hear you!

    "Lastly, well done for telling it as it is!"

    Thanks, Peter *bowing*!

    Peter, your comment was amazing and thanks for completing my article by adding this fantastic link: obrigada (thanks, in Portuguese in the feminine form [men say "obrigado"])! :D

    Cheers

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  35. Hello again, Pete :D!

    "Back again. That link didn't work the way I wanted it to in this comment form. So feel FREE to delete it. Now, I'll try again."

    It worked just fine! Thanks :D!

    Cheers

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  36. Hi Lenny Hannah :D!

    "There are a few things that one shouldn't dare lecturing the Sweedish: health care, social secuirty, independence (i.e. rationality)...oh yeah...Nobel Awards."

    I agree with you: the Sweden & Norway do have a very good health care plan and their social security is well organised (admirable) - the United States should learn from them.

    "Nobel Peace Prize isn't mainly about achievements; it is also about rewarding effort, courage and humanitarism.
    The Nobel organization is a privately held body that does not decide based on emotions; it is a board known for having a mind of its own."

    So true.

    "All day every TV and radio stations asked the same idiotic question "Did Mr. Obama deserve to win the Prize?"...Well, guess what? Apparently he did for he got it.
    If the Media really wanted to get a kick out of emotions, there's always people ready to be played: ill loved; discontent; enraged, racist, jealous, narrow minded people etc etc. Just like a witch gets a kick out of stirring a pot of miscellaneous; the question should have been: "Should we, the people, call Mr. Obama out if he doesn't honour this Prize and the Nobel's name?""

    Very well said *applauding*!

    "However the Media has gone mad and the fifth power is nude."

    Absolutely!

    "Bye, Max: girl, you rock!"

    LOL Thanks, Lenny...but from what I read here, you're the one who rocks ;)!

    Lenny Hannah, thanks a million for this outstanding comment :D! I hope to hear more from you :D!

    Cheers

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  37. LS,

    After an outstanding comment...you had to take your radical right-wing pill, eh?

    "Obama winning the peace prize is brilliant! He should also get the prize for economics!"

    Obviously you didn't understand why he was granted this award, so I would like to suggest you an article to read:

    http://www.terella.no/2009/10/10/norwegian-nobel-committee-awarded-peace-prize-to-barack-obama/

    "The Obama war on wealth continues…."

    I believe you (and all the others like you) haven't analysed President Obama properly...and then utter nonsensical arguments.

    Cheers, my friend

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  38. Hey Kalyan :D!

    "...media today is more acting like moral police and are acting like law courts...ethics and truthfulness has all taken a back seat...nice reading!"

    Very well said!! *applauding*

    Kalyan, you know I am always looking forward to hearing from you, so thank you so much for your wonderful input! :D

    Cheers

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  39. Hi Manimala :D!

    "RIP journalism. It's pretty sad when the most reliable news people are comedians like Stewart and Colbert!"

    lol I agree with you: it is sad.
    But let's face it: Stewart and Colbert are funny!

    "The times we live in!!! :("

    Indeed...

    Manimala, thank you ever so much for your input (it is always a pleasure, man) :D!

    Cheers

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  40. Max you said it all here: 'Today, journalism lost its focus, its sense of purpose, its ethical code and nearly turned into a stripper dancing to the sound of marketing trash-music, while waiting for the ads to slip a 20 inside its knickers', and you are so right. We have similar situation now with our local news, all I hear is about H1N1, left right top and bottom of the screen. You know it is really going out of the proportion. I say when they don't have news, they will pick on anything, and harp on it for weeks. Excellent point, and you know you should have placed that call, lol. Anna :)

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  41. Hello Anna :D!

    "We have similar situation now with our local news, all I hear is about H1N1, left right top and bottom of the screen."

    I so know what you mean! They want to instil panic *nodding*...

    "You know it is really going out of the proportion. I say when they don't have news, they will pick on anything, and harp on it for weeks. Excellent point, and you know you should have placed that call, lol."

    I totally agree with you. LOL you reckon? ;)

    Anna, thanks for your input (always a pleasure) :D!

    Cheers

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