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January 10, 2012

At least we have Jon Stewart

Filed under: General — Vadasmaker @ 9:56 pm
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Unlike many other countries, the United States has no oversight when it comes to the media. Supposedly, that’s because oversight would infringe on the journalist’s role as fulfillment center of “the people’s right to know.” Prior restraint, Qualitative Inquiry calls it. Well, all right then. We wouldn’t want to get in the way of the truth, now would we?

Please. If you stumble across the “truth” anywhere but on The Daily Show, will you let me know?  And seriously, why is a “fake journalist,” as Stewart has called himself over and over, the only trustworthy source of information out there? Yes, he ridicules the media and politicians, but only because they’re ridiculous. And he ridicules them with an even hand—Republicans and Democrats, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox “News.” Maybe fake journalists are the best kind.

The match between media and politics is a match made in hell, at least for us. The two do have a lot in common, though. They lie. Members of both institutions have taken the “service” out of “public service.” Their egos are so big they should have their own seat on the plane. They lie.  They’re hypocrites. They want the glory without the guts. And did I mention that they lie?

So we have no control over either the media or politicians. It occurs to me that maybe they don’t tell the truth because they don’t know the truth. It’s all a blind climb to the top of the heap, spinning BS into readers and votes. The so-called “real” journalists do little more than sit and spin. That includes those on MSNBC, CNN, and dear God, Fox News (and you do know that FN provides two hours a day of what they label as news, and 22 hours a day of “infotainment”). And yes, I did hear it on The Daily Show.  Didn’t I just say that’s where you go to get the truth?

 

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4 Comments »

  1. One reason I was happy to quit writing for a newspaper. They took a piece I sent in, padded it, and added quotes that I didn’t get. They took them from their files, the person actually said it, just at a different time, and maybe about a different subject. It isn’t WHY I quit writing for them, but it’s the reason quitting was easy. ~Nita

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    Comment by Nita — January 11, 2012 @ 7:37 am | Reply

  2. Jon Stewart is my source for news. He is like our version of Will Rogers. He doesn’t make that stuff up—he just watches. He does love the “f” word, tho, and Rogers could make me laugh without it..

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    Comment by lottie — January 11, 2012 @ 8:23 am | Reply

  3. Journalism’s dead and gone; Don Henley told us so, but no one listened. Pablum tastes better spoon-fed, and the media has perfected the science of serving it all up in a slick package having the appearance, rather than the substance, of truth. Einstein said, “I hold it true that pure thought can grasp reality, as the ancients dreamed.” At the heart of political and journalistic arrogance is their belief we’re incapable of that pure thought, so they sit and spin.

    We don’t even need the doctrine of prior restraint in order to censor the truth–people practice a form of individual censorship when they close their minds to the free exchange of ideas and surrender their opinion for one that was scientifically designed to influence them. One thing that bothers me is that the social sciences assist politicians in doing that. I resist the dark side by not watching that box, but you may have influenced me to turn on the TV and watch Jon Stewart. Which network is he on?

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    Comment by Michelle — January 11, 2012 @ 11:30 am | Reply

  4. I’m old enough to remember the Smothers Brothers, though I was too young at the time to realize the true impact of their departure from television. Too bad Comedy Central wasn’t around back then.

    Joan

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    Comment by Left-Brained Business for Write-Brained People — January 14, 2012 @ 4:45 pm | Reply


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