Friday, November 25, 2005

The News Revolution Has Begun

CLICK TO READ: t r u t h o u t - John Pilger | The News Revolution Has Begun

Pilger discusses how the failures of tradional news media are leading to a new, more trusted news source: the internet. I'm not convinced that this transition will happen completely or overnight, but it is happening slowly, and it is certainly the internet investigative news sources - and bloggers - who are shaming traditional news into doing a better job. I've noticed that the kinds of stories that used to appear on the internet--never to see the light of day on the 6:00 evening news--some of those stories are being picked up mainstream news and are appearing only one or two days later (rather than 3 or 4 weeks later or not at all.

"The insurrection is well under way. In trying to make sense of a dangerous world, millions of people are turning away from the traditional sources of news and information and toward the world wide web, convinced that mainstream journalism is the voice of rampant power. The great scandal of Iraq has accelerated this. In the United States, several senior broadcasters have confessed that had they challenged and exposed the lies told about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, instead of amplifying and justifying them, the invasion might not have happened
CLICK TO READ: t r u t h o u t - Michael Massing | The Press: The Enemy Within

Messing analyzes "the press's internal problems - not on its many ethical and professional lapses, which have been extensively discussed elsewhere, but rather on the structural problems that keep the press from fulfilling its responsibilities to serve as a witness to injustice and a watchdog over the powerful."

Interesting read, and some interesting anecdotes about the reporting on vote fraud during the last presidential election.

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