With the President continuing to ratchet up his rhetoric agains the “fake news media”, there is certainly no shortage of criticism aimed at world of journalism-adjacent entertainment.
And perhaps that’s the best way to truly describe the mainstream media’s role in our informational process: Journalism-Adjacent Entertainment. Much in the same way that the WWE is “wrestling”, networks such as CNN are “news”. The end goal of both organizations is to sell advertising rights during their salacious broadcasts in order to pad their celebrity-sized bank accounts. These aren’t “journalists” so much as they are “personalities”, and their anger over being exposed as such is deafening.
I won’t say that the press are the enemy of the people, however. I believe a free press is essential to maintaining the ideals of American society. I simply believe that we need to educate ourselves on what the “news” really is.
I will, however, commit to saying that one local news crew in Houston, Texas are a bunch of boneheads.
Even fellow newspeople couldn’t help from calling them out.
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) November 3, 2018
Thankfully, those responsible for the issue saw the light later in the day:
We made the wrong call today by using a disabled parking spot for our live shot in TX. There’s no excuse. I apologize to the two people who were on their way to vote as it’s one of the most important parts of our democracy; we’d never want to jeopardize anyone’s ability to do so
— Mariana Atencio (@marianaatencio) October 30, 2018
And while the apology is certainly appreciated, the tone of this tweet is a bit sullied by the “two people” snark. Every vote counts, and every uncounted vote is a wasted opportunity.
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