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August 11, 2005

The Illusion Of Progress In The Media

-- by Gary Boatwright

The M$M has been kicking around the self congratulatory idea that journalism has improved over the last 100 years. Even ignoring the White House press corps, which no one has any respect for, especially the White House, signs of progress are are largely illusory.

The clarion call of Yellow Journalism is Remember the Maine!:

As one of the few sources of public information, newspapers had reached unprecedented influence and importance. Journalistic giants, such as Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer of the World, viciously competed for the reader's attention. They were determined to reach a daily circulation of a million people, and they didn't mind fabricating stories in order to reach their goal.

A contemporary expression in journalism is Don't get it right, just get it written. Deadlines have always been more important than accuracy. The only improvements in journalism have been technological. The M$M can now lie far more effectively and spread their yellow journalism far more widely.

How is Judy Miller's WMD reporting for the N.Y. Times any different from the Hearst newspaper's manufactured story of The Maine? Is there any difference between Rupert Murdoch and William Randolph Hearst? As far as I can tell, judging by the huge sums paid to journalism "stars", the only difference might be that the M$M has an even more inflated opinion of itself that it did 100 years ago.

That's why I am such a big fan of The Daily Howler and am pleased to report that Bob Somerby appears to be well on the way to a complete recovery from his absorption by The Rove Collective.

Posted by Gary Boatwright at August 11, 2005 9:31 AM

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