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I would say that if the president was doing a great job and was very popular then maybe the current level of questioning and deference would be acceptable.... but not really.

All the accolades for the press these days are patronising. We're talking down to them saying, "Wow! you managed to tie your own shoe laces today. Good for you!" (followed by untying and re-tying the laces properly). It's the singing dog idea. It's not good singing, but when it's a dog that's not really the point.

People expect nothing from these "journalists". Like Bush they benefit from lowered expectations. They aren't paid to do the public a service but to do what their corporate masters want. They are effective propagandists for the corporate kleptocracy. They do their real job well. We're just discussing how effective they are at their pretend job. There's limited utility there. Remember the real question is why don't we have a free press, not why is Brian Williams so crap at pretending to be a journalist. We know the answer already: he's crap at it because his real job's goals conflict and superceede his pretend job's goals.

I've yet to see any explanation, and few even recognising this. Is Brian Williams unaware of his real job and how it differs from being a journalist? Of course not. At his level you can't be. Pretending to be a journalist is part of his job and we can expect as a part of that for him to make these silly comments about the state of journalism.

But what we need to understand is the process by which people entering the field are corrupted from credulously believing the nonsense about freedom of the press to becoming effective propagandists for the Republican party.

Good for you!" (followed by untying and re-tying the laces properly). It's the singing dog idea. It's not good singing, but when it's a dog that's not really the point.

Damn, David, that's perfect - why don't you have your own blog?

I've yet to see any explanation, and few even recognising this. Is Brian Williams unaware of his real job and how it differs from being a journalist? Of course not. At his level you can't be.

I write about that frequently but left it out of this post. I was so tired - and overwhelmed with my hatred of Brian Williams. Thanks for making the central point for me.

But what we need to understand is the process by which people entering the field are corrupted from credulously believing the nonsense about freedom of the press to becoming effective propagandists for the Republican party.

Not the GOP, but the status quo. But keeping the GOP in power definitely plugs a tiny hole in the dyke that protects Corporate America from the interests of the American people and democracy.

But what we need to understand is the process by which people entering the field are corrupted from credulously believing the nonsense about freedom of the press to becoming effective propagandists for the Republican party.

I know that part of it is ego. They like talking to Karl Rove and feeling special. They keep secrets for the administration (as was proven in the wake of the Plame affair) because it makes them one of the club. They hated Clinton because he wasn't one of them so it was easy to get them to go after him.

I don't think that reporters - even the ones as highly placed as Brian Williams and Elisabeth Bumiller - think that they have corporate masters. (then there's Judith Miller, who is actually a part of the government machine and is a whole separate animal) They don't need to know who controls them though. It doesn't have to be that complicated - they're happy to play the high school games that keep them pliant. GOP = jocks Dems = geeks Anyone who tells them the truth gets beat up.

Thanks. The reasons I don't have my own blog are manifold (too long for this sentence anyway). I have thought about it.

(1) I'm not very pro-active. I can tell you what's wrong with something, which is a valuable skill, but I have a harder time being positive or initiating things. For example I'm having a hard time with emails and the LTE you suggest in the two posts above.

(2) I'm not good with commitments. Although I could probably write a blog with the time I put into commenting, if I take off for a while it doesn't matter if I'm only a commentator. Authoring a blog requires continuity. They should really fix that. I think American Street is a step in the right direction.

(3) I don't like re-inventing the wheel. I'd rather reduce the number of blogs than increase them even if none correspond entirely to my view on, say, feminism. I'd prefer to build up someone else's site.

(4) The stuff I often say is controversial to my target audience (progressives) and as far as I can see people read blogs they agree with. To take the debate to others I have to go where they are. For example feminists wouldn't in general bother to read a blog with a lefty criticism of feminism.

(5) I don't think I'd be good at self-promotion which seems necessary for a blog to gain audience. Sorry to say it but you don't seem to be good at this either. This is a failure in the system. One of many.

Sorry to say it but you don't seem to be good at this either.

Yeah, I'm very bad at that. I spend all my time reading and writing. I have a project I will be promoting on Wednesday. We'll see how that goes.

You need to get someone to promote your stuff. Like an agent. Perhaps Helga Fremlin?

Nice:
Harrumph, harrumph, harrumph. By dint of the fact that you tools in the corporate media offered a preponderance of the benefit of the doubt stopped doing your damn jobs, thousands and thousands of people are dead in an unnecessary war of choice and our country is more vulnerable than it has ever been.

Boy, Helga would be good at that!

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