Tag Archive: journalism

Jan 29 2013

Failures of Mainstream Journalism Borderline Cronyism

From Truenews:

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Spitting in the Face of Thomas Jefferson Today’s Journalist Do Not Feel It is There Job to Informthe Public. . .  And They Do Not Care What You Think

As True News reported yesterday New Yorkers have no clue what the 2013 candidates for mayor will do if they are elected.  Today’s journalist spend more time spreading candidates and consultants spin instead of doing research to find out who these candidates are.  We have a public that knows nothing more about the candidates then the consultants want them to know and many in the press feel they are doing their job.   Many play ball with insiders, looking for high paying jobs from consultants like George Arzt or in government. Reporter Adam Lisberg last year got a high paying job with the  MTA.  Other journalist play ball because they need the tips and explanations of insiders because they are clueless about the subject they are covering.

 

The lessons of John Peter Zenger and generations of reporters who saw themselves as Jeffersonian truth seekers are lost.  Today’s journalist like their pols they cover lack the embarrassed gene.  They dismiss any person blame for dumb down thepublic. It is ironic that in an era where the internet and bloggers put information at the finger tips of today’s main stream journalist they have stop doing investigative reportering.  These same insiders journalist go out of their way to ignor and black list bloggers who write the real stories.  For 13 years blogger Rafael Martínez Alequín exposed the corruption of Padro Espadahe was even beaten by Espada thugs for information he was exposing about them.  The take over of Albany and the millions that the senator rip off from the government would not have happen if the media did not blacklist what Alequin exposed. More on the Failure of Journalism

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Oct 22 2012

What was the Hofstra debate really like?

Journalists can predict the future?

A savvy journalist pens an insider’s perspective behind presidential debate coverage.

From Queens Chronicle: Consider, for a moment, six hours of unadulterated free time. You’re entitled to a folding chair, an electrical outlet, about three square feet of table space to call your own, and an LG plasma screen TV feeding you footage of two empty chairs in a makeshift town hall.

You’ve spent weeks predicting what would happen when those two chairs are finally occupied. They’re are literally a stone’s throw away in a neighboring building. But thanks to grimacing Secret Service agents and helicopters humming overhead, the chairs might as well be in Siberia.

So, what would you do for six hours?

There’s free food and beer at a Budweiser-sponsored tent outside, and it feels sort of shameful to chow down. But you do. There’s a youthful buzz only the Long Island college campus can produce, but the undergrads are slowly going from exuberant to antsy. They’ll eventually become tired. And bored.

Like you. It’s the second of three presidential debates, this time at Hofstra University. The one the political chattering class claims could cost either candidate the election. It’s a big deal… Right?

Yeah, right. Big deal. It wasn’t, at least not to most of the press present that Tuesday.

Because here’s the deal: some reporters were so bored, frankly jaded despite the beer, campus and all the free time, they decided to write the first draft of history before it even occurred.

Welcome to life as a member of the roving press corps following President Barack Obama and/or Mitt Romney. One of the two men will be the next President on Election Day. But until then, the banality of daily life covering the campaign leads some to create excitement and productivity in little doses. How? Turn the campaign into a guessing game.

Sorry to ruin Oz by pulling back the curtain, but this pre-reporting has existed as long as deadlines and headlines. Especially in the era of mobile news updates and social networking chatter. Being first is often more important than being right — or at least it’s more profitable.

The resulting media frenzy has created a self-fulfilling narrative. So when Obama dismissed Romney by saying, “I don’t look at my pension, it’s not as big as yours,” some reporters stopped typing.

Nothing to add or fix when the guess you made two hours ago was correct. Just lay that quote into the story and send it off to the virtual presses.

“Why would you quote a reporter about any of this?” one said in response to a question about the practice.

The candidates played to the predictions, swinging hard as daily polling numbers showed a dead heat in the states where votes count most. The result? Admittedly one of the most acrimonious debates ever televised. At various points, Obama and Romney were reduced to vying for attention like two antsy Chihuahuas. But boy was it entertaining. Right?

Not if you were a member of the predicta-press, which groaned at times because “rude and feisty” wasn’t in the magic crystal ball that dictated their stories. Others started amping-up their stories with adverbs and bang-zoom-pow descriptors.

Stories were amended and filed. Then came the heady warp zone of “spin alley.”

To understand “spin alley,” imagine politicos of local and national fame floating around like lava lamp orbs in an area about the size of a basketball court while reporters swarm to the most recognizable name.

…. Click here for full story 

http://www.qchron.com/editions/queenswide/killing-time-at-the-hofstra-debate/article_b387778a-1724-57d1-9e78-57a00713b6c3.html

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Feb 27 2012

You’re A Daisy If You Do

I'm your huckleberry. -Doc Holliday

Greetings readers! Queens-Politics is back. Well, we never really left. In the face of tyranny and persecution: NO! We won’t stand down.

QP is an independent citizens initiative to restore accountability in government and politics. And it begins with our elected officials and political hopefuls.

Like the U.S Government, we will not negotiate with terrorists, or in this case corrupt elected officials. Our official stance is this:

Threats and intimidation tactics will not be taken seriously. This is Queens-Politics and I will laugh at you.

Politics is a dirty game of theatre that plays out on a desert resembling the wild wild west. Sometimes you just don’t know who’s telling the truth, or omitting it.  In Queens political reporting, you can’t be fair and balanced when dealing with people who are inherently not fair and balanced. It won’t work. Sometimes you have to pick a side, call a spade a spade and in the process snicker at the uphill battle.

It’s a duty for a citizen to respond, to stand up for the neighborhood. Fortunately we have blogs and the Internet to level the playing field and help spread the message.

So check back daily. Since launching in October 2011, twelve thousand individual IP’s logged in, read our work, and keep coming back for more. We’ve gotten props all over town. Internally we are stronger and more organized, we even have ads now. Click on them to help me keep up the good fight.

In the meantime, know this: as the elections heat up we will seek out potential candidates who are credible, accountable, and responsive to the people and tell their story.

And for our readers who might know someone running a vast government crime syndicate, you tell ‘em I’m comin’  and Hell’s comin’ with me.

-QP

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