Obama and his Newspaper

So the Toronto Blade tells me:  Newspaper journalism gets words of praise… Print media’s role vital

Mr. Obama said he noted the trend. “I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, that what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding,” the President said.

“What I hope is that people start understanding if you’re getting your newspaper over the Internet, that’s not free and there’s got to be a way to find a business model that supports that.”

Since I’m not a white male, wealthy beyond words, a fundamentalist Christian, or freaked out I might lose my guns, I’ve pretty much been behind Barack Obama every step of the way.  But now, I take issue with his misplaced concern. News and information is not determined by the method in which its delivered. These times are achangin’, Mr. President, and Internet is here to stay. Read this from Stephen Hodson…he says: Just as there is suppose to be a separation between church and state there also needs to be a separation between government and journalism. Well, DUH!  If you think Fox News or CNN have serious fact-checking and no opinions, if you think people are not already shouting at each other, then please…what planet are you living on?  You can’t fix everything. Especially in an industry that tends to eat its young, that’s archaic, lacks innovation, and doesn’t do a thing to accommodate its customers. Objective, fact-based journalism died with Cronkite. And the delivery of information is changing at lightning speed.  You, sir,  have far more important things to worry about. 

Now, go fix healthcare … oh, and the Middle East. Good Luck with that one.


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3 Responses to “Obama and his Newspaper”

  1. Rob Hatfield Says:

    Wow. I’ve been drinking, so can’t really delve too deeply into this one except: Complete and total meltdown. Journalism did die. Hate and rhetoric reign supreme. Don’t listen to what I say. Listen to how venomously I say it. By the way, I have a bomb in my pants to prove it…

  2. adchick Says:

    Rob: HA! I was drinking when I read about this! Hate and rhetoric DO reign supreme. Shame on us for being so nasty to one another. “Can’t we disagree without being disagreeable”…to paraphrase Obama. Cheers!

  3. Jake P Says:

    I’m jealous–I can’t tipple for a couple of weeks because I’m trying to ferret out a stupid food allergy. So that’s MY excuse for being cranky.

    What’s interesting to me is the number of us who are openly talking about the same thing, which is: Neither side in the media and neither side of the political aisle has the faintest clue what they’re doing. So it stands to reason that if you add them together, you’re gonna get 15 pounds of stupid in a 5-pound bag.

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