Yesterday I posted about the herald interviewing their own staff member and green activist Max Coyle.
A few months ago, I stopped buying the Herald, as it was becoming obvious to me that the standards were dropping, and that a once eminently readable broadsheet has now become a travesty, a tabloid gutter rag. Having travelled and read some of the very well written and informative papers around the world, and especially in Australia, it is apparent that the correct response to the onslaught from the digital media is to actually increase the quality of the product, not dumb it down and make it pretty and colourful! However, some idiot with a degree in marketing or some such, a person not unlike Mr Max Coyle, one suspects, has decided that the primary purpose of the fourth estate must be to fill in all those annoying spaces between the advertisements! End result, APN now have an absolute dog of a product, an editorial staff less interested in reporting the news than spinning it, and a public that they treat like an ill-informed unthinking mass, a blank canvas on which to sketch thier ideas as to how we should think.
Well, here’s the surprise. That ill-informed unthinking mass is not as ill-informed as you would think. Not only that, but the internet is actually allowing us to share and exchange information without the lefty liberal editors trying to put spin on it. In short, we can see through the bullshit. The end result is that the credibility and integrity of journalism has taken a battering, and shows no sign of improving soon, unless they return to the reporting of facts, untarnished and unembelleshed, and where an opinion is expressed, then it should be as part of an opinion column, not edited in to a story.
And as for interviewing people who work for the paper and presenting it as news, well, when you do things to yourself, if some contexts that would be referred to as masturbation, and like masturbation, it’s is pleasant for a little while, but ultimately futile, non productive, and all you are left with is an embarrasing mess to clean up!