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Somebody call a WAAAHmbulance!

Well, yet another newspaper hack is crying into his Kool-Aid about how the mean 'ole bloggers are ruining the newspaper industry:

==On if he considers going back to newspapers, or whether it's a dying industry:

"I don't believe that. All the newspaper industry has to do is connect itself better with the internet and guess what? People will read the newsaper on the internet, not rely so much on the paper copy and get with the internet age more so than it has. The foundation of the newspaper business... should never die. We shoud do all we can possible to make sure it lives in perpetuity because it's extremely important with everything. It keeps radio and television on their ps and qs.

"And when you look at the internet business, what's dangerous about it is that people who are clearly unqualified get to disseminate their piece to the masses. I respect the journalism industry, and the fact of the matter is ...someone with no training should not be allowed to have any kind of format whatsoever to disseminate to the masses to the level which they can. They are not trained. Not experts. More important are the level of ethics and integrity that comes along with the quote-unqoute profession hasn't been firmly established and entrenched in the minds of those who've been given that license.

"Therefore, there's a total disregard, a level of wrecklessness that ends up being a domino effect. And the people who suffer are the common viewers out there and, more importantly, those in the industry who haven't been fortunate to get a radio or television deal and only rely on the written word. And now they've been sabotaged. Not because of me. Or like me. But because of the industry or the world has allowed the average joe to resemble a professional without any credentials whatsoever."


Gosh, imagine if regular Joes (or, well, I guess Janes) like me got to "disseminate our pieces to the masses". Why, it'd almost be anarchy! The world would come to an end! There would be no reliable news, anywhere! We have no ethics, no integrity! But more importantly... newspaper writers would be out of a job! WAAAAAAH!

Every time some MSM idiot tries to blame the blogosphere for the death knell sounding for Old Media, I both want to laugh and roll my eyes. Do they really believe what they're saying? Are they really that stupid and dense that they can't understand why it is regular people don't like your product anymore? What I especially love is how he cries that the public will be "forced" to read our unintelligent garbage.

Uh, news flash, buddy. There are not brain waves beaming out of my computer to force people to read this blog post. And I don't think any other blogger has quite been able to do that, either. See, the unwashed masses that MSM tools consider the public to be come and read this stuff of their own free will. All on their own. Isn't that amazing?

With that in mind, you would think that MSM hacks would stop and contemplate what it is, exactly, that is causing people to stop reading newspapers and watching CNN, and migrate to the blogosphere and to talk radio. But that would imply that they were willing to accept a deficiency in the Old Media, which they simply cannot do.

But luckily, us bloggers are usually more than happy to illustrate just what it is that is wrong with the MSM today.

Maybe people are fed up with lies and inaccuracies and unreliable sources. Maybe people are fed up with the rampant bias and agenda-pushing. Maybe people are fed up with hearing nothing but negativity about Iraq, the economy, the weather, the United States, and life in general. Maybe they're fed up with reporting that's closer to enemy propaganda than unbiased news. For more examples, maybe these MSM hacks should visit Newsbusters or Media Mythbusters. That could help shine a light into those dark corners.

Sorry, Mr. Stephen Smith, but people aren't tired of physically holding newspapers, as you suggested by saying that all newspapers needed to do to survive was move onto the internet. Old Media needs to change some things, fast, or they will end up obsolete, through no other fault but their own.

Old Media flakes like Mr. Smith here can whine about how us unintellingent, untrained, unethical idiots shouldn't be allowed to express our opinions of the world today all he wants. He can cry it's destroying an industry. But eventually, he and all the rest of them will discover that they are wrong, and if they want to save an industry, the only finger pointing they should be doing is towards a mirror.

Hat tip: Ace


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Comments (17)

Another free-market hater, ... (Below threshold)
apb:

Another free-market hater, no doubt. Especially since the free market is producing a new quality product (in blogs) that completely decimates the old, crappy-quality product produced by MSM morons.

Hey Hack, you know why I do... (Below threshold)
Mycroft:

Hey Hack, you know why I don't trust the MSM? I stopped trusting them when they reported ME as being DEAD, without bothering to check with ME!

Or in your rant against "bloggers" needing ethics, I point you to one Dan Rather and the TANG memos. Where were the ethics there?

...someone with no... (Below threshold)
Socratease:
...someone with no training should not be allowed to have any kind of format whatsoever to disseminate to the masses to the level which they can. They are not trained. Not experts. More important are the level of ethics and integrity that comes along with the quote-unqoute profession hasn't been firmly established and entrenched in the minds of those who've been given that license.
I have two words in response to that: Dan Rather.
The blogsphere was just a p... (Below threshold)
stan25 Author Profile Page:

The blogsphere was just a passing phase, according to the stuck in the mud news organizations. Well Rathergate blew their shit out of the water. We all know that Rathergate was the straw that broke the camel s back, as far as the coverage of the "news" in the eyes of the American people. That was the death knell of the MSM. Oh, they will hang in there awhile longer, but will have less and less influence on the way the the news is covered as the years go by. Quite possibly, papers like the NY Slimes and others will be just a museum pieces in 20 years, maybe even less.

"Maybe people are fed up wi... (Below threshold)
jp2:

"Maybe people are fed up with lies and inaccuracies and unreliable sources."

Umm...this is laughable coming from anyone at Wizbang, but especially you Cassy. After all, didn't you run a piece last week that cited "Powerline" and the Washington Times? Both of their reports were inaccurate and therefore made yours inaccurate. You never even ran a correction.

To have the chutzpah to come here and talk about bias and dishonesty is quite impressive given your short and sketchy career here.

Mr. Smith seems to be his o... (Below threshold)
Susan:

Mr. Smith seems to be his own worst enemy. If the linked article is an example of his mad writin' skillz, then along with the lies, inaccuracies, and obvious bias, lack of quality of writing should also be cited as a factor in the decline. Frankly, most reputable bloggers these days (at least on the right side of the blogoshpere) write far better posts than most of what you find published in newspapers these days.

Susan ~ Just so. For all h... (Below threshold)

Susan ~ Just so. For all his "expertise" and "training," Smith remains a hack writer with nothing particularly interesting to say. In a free market of ideas where hiring decisions were based on merit, rather than politics, he would be standing in the unemployment line for a long, long time.


After all, no one wants to hire a pathetic, whining loser.

It will be a sad day when I... (Below threshold)
Rovin Author Profile Page:

It will be a sad day when I have to tell my birds that their children will never have a chance to shit on the NYT's, Wapo, or the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The print media has a probl... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

The print media has a problem finding two honest people out of the lot. How are they going to man several outlets with people that anyone will believe. Destroyed creditibility is hard to regain, especially since they destroyed it for political purposes, or was that a result of BDS. I can't remember if they are all liars or mentally ill. A recent poll slants democrats to the mentally ill side.

Odd, Stephen A. Smith, also... (Below threshold)
marc:

Odd, Stephen A. Smith, also known as "Screamin' A. Smith," is and has been a sports reporter yet he seems to be upset with those that are most critical of reporters in general.

Just what sports blogger pissed in his soup?

That aside, I smell the smell of sour grapes.

jp2:"After all... (Below threshold)
marc:

jp2:

"After all, didn't you run a piece last week that cited "Powerline" and the Washington Times?"

That horse is long since dead. Slowly slide off the saddle, drop the reins and back away from your stead.

You've become a one-trick pony and it's far from becoming. Not that you care, it's the "Gotcha Factor" that you're interested in.

Makes you feel soooo much superior than the rest of us.

The title of 'journalist' i... (Below threshold)
hermie:

The title of 'journalist' is passed out like candy by those in the MSM, and media 'credentials' are issued to just about anyone in the Dem party, without these activists having to sit through one course in basic Journalism.

The same Stephen (Call me S... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

The same Stephen (Call me Steve and I will have a hissy fit) Smith that the Inky demoted to staff reporter for craptastic sports reporting (claiming the Phillies' GM of living in Canada, and then using that to criticize the team's performance, as an example).
The same Smith that was booed at the NBA draft over Cheese Doodles?
This guy wants to only allow a select few 'credentialed' pros to communicate over a public medium?
Quite Frankly, this is a joke.

This is the same group that... (Below threshold)
stan25 Author Profile Page:

This is the same group that bashed Jeff Gannon for having the temerity to ask President Bush about his opinion on why the Democrats in Congress were obstructing the president's appointees. We all know that the Lame-stream Media attacked him for that. They are doing the same thing to the blog sphere, because they are afraid that their bs is not being taken as gospel anymore. That has them really scared.

SCSIwuzzy has it right. If... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

SCSIwuzzy has it right. If you are familiar with his sports writings in the Inquirer you know that this guy carries a pretty big chip on his shoulder. But about what? I don't know.

A professional journalist i... (Below threshold)
civildisobedience Author Profile Page:

A professional journalist is as necessary as a professional gas pumper, and they are only required when the government shields them in a typical anti-capitalist manner.

Stephen who?Never ... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Stephen who?

Never heard of him.




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