Saturday, 7 May 2016

The News is Not the News

“Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing."

-- Ben Rhodes, White House Adviser

About a decade ago, sitting and watching the last year or two of the Bush administration, I came to this point of watching some Sunday political chat show and the moderator leading four people around.  I came to this conclusion that none of the four people really knew much of anything.  They were "experts".....they were foundation-talking-heads.....they were wannabe journalists....they were lacking in every sense of the word.

All the network was doing....was filling air-time.  They hustled up some people who had some education....knew some $40-words....and could bluff you on what their real knowledge was about.

This is why journalists sit there now....getting insider notes from some lobbyist or White House insider, and write some piece that strangely looks like a dozen other reports from White House reporters.  They are publicists for the administration or the people who want to dump on the administration.

I read a piece this week by some journalists who'd been hired by Facebook to help in a news project.  They were whining about the project, the treatment by the Facebook management staff, and general stuff.  The impression I got was that Facebook was looking for a way to develop a algorithm to write news articles....slanted one way for particular type of reader, and another for the opposite type reader.  In the end, it was just computer-produced news.

I think we've reached a point where news has zero value, and some people have recognized that.   News in some ways....simply isn't news anymore.  It's a production of some opera....which plays out in your mind and based on the introduction and the fat lady singing toward the end.....the message you get is variable.  Kinda sad, if you think about it.