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RE: Is Journalism dead? Who is your favorite journalist and why?
most journalists are whores who sell out faster than a Beatles reunion tour would.

They give you the impression that they are on your side but in truth, it's their voice that ultimately speaks through whoever they are writing about.

I've never met an honest one who has managed to make a career out of this "profession"
10-04-2014 06:43 PM
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RE: Is Journalism dead? Who is your favorite journalist and why?
More great interviews



Katie Couric interviews Sarah Palin:





^^^^ A lot of people thought Katie Couric was being harsh on Palin. I thought she was fair with her questions. It was brutal for Palin and Couric just kept on pummeling.



Jorge Ramos interviews Marco Rubio




^^^^^ Another great interview by Jorge Ramos who grills Marco Rubio. He calls him out on being anti-immigrant while Rubio's grandfather was an illegal himself. Interview is in Spanish with English subtitles.




Vice does a special on Glenn Greenwald:




^^^^ Very interesting documentary on Greenwald.
10-04-2014 06:45 PM
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RE: Is Journalism dead? Who is your favorite journalist and why?
I go through a lot of writing and media and have only come across a few in the mainstream that consistently seem to do their homework while presenting clear points:


Barbara Kay of The National Post:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Kay

http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/author/barbara-kay/


Gretchen Morgenson of The New York Times:

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/0...ouse-edge/
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RE: Is Journalism dead? Who is your favorite journalist and why?
It's a shame that Christopher Hitchens nowadays only gets remembered as the relentless atheist writer and debater. It seems that people forget what a great humanist and amazing journalist he was. He had the guts to attack and demystify public icons like Princess Diana, Mothere Terese, Bill Clinton or Henry Kissinger, and to even piss people off who in principle agreed with his positions. I really miss this guy.







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10-04-2014 08:31 PM
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RE: Is Journalism dead? Who is your favorite journalist and why?
The only four men who I would still consider to be true journalists are Michael Hastings, Jeremy Scahill, Seymour Hersh and Glen Greenwald. Michael Hastings was a pitbull who made a lot of enemies and it's perfectly rational to believe he was politically assassinated. Even though I respect Hastings, journalists should be kept away from the rank and file units of the military in combat zones.

For anyone who wants a real in depth understanding of what is going on in Arab lands and why, read Seymour Hersh's 2007 New Yorker article called "The Redirection". That's real journalism.

Aside from these men, most journalists are only parrots spouting off government government fed talking points. "Journalists" should only be listened to, to give you a brief glimpse of what's going on in the world. If you want more, resort to books.





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10-04-2014 09:11 PM
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RE: Is Journalism dead? Who is your favorite journalist and why?
The journalist with Vice who was embedded with ISIS did real journalistic work. No one else even gave a close up view of what ISIS is. Every other news article is just analysis from afar, relying on second and third hand stories...

I read the other day that the Vice piece on ISIS could actually be considered "Material support to terrorism" because it gave them a platform to share their views.

What journalists do we have today reporting independently, free of government propaganda? Its mostly people with blogs. Someone travelled to crazy country X and wrote first hand about their experience. We usually read people going to crazy countries just for a thrill, just trying to band. Naughty Nomad is great and even has a degree in international politics or something, but he isnt a real journalist.

I would love to see real reporting from within North Korea, Iran, Cuba, all the countries we are constantly told are our enemies. Vice had the best two North Korea videos I have seen, and Travel Bum had a good Cuba one, but these people are really thrill seekers, novelty seekers, not serious journalists...

I wonder is there an equivalent of Naughty Nomad who fearlessly globe trots just to get the inside scoop on stories to publish independently. Would love to see a site like that.

There is a website called Musings on Iraq which has always had great detailed factual stories on Iraq that touch on local mindsets, politics, religious realities, etc. It cuts through the bullshit so strongly that it seems almost academican d detached, but does a fantastic job of really educating people about what is happening in Iraq over the last decade or two. http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/?m=1

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RE: Is Journalism dead? Who is your favorite journalist and why?
(10-04-2014 05:43 PM)MidWest Wrote:  I disagree on Anderson Cooper. I just feel people tend to side with one particular party and want to hear the talking point of a journalist who is right-wing and not hear the talking point of the journalist who is left-wing and vice-versa. Anderson Cooper gets a lot of haters, he must be doing something right.

Cooper is the mainstream career version of the SJW. Someone who tackles largely irrelevant social justice issues and makes it seem like the most important thing ever. The amount of important topics he covers is trivial compared with the tabloid filler which consists of the usual race, gender, sex, and religion culture wars commentary.

I'm also not calling him a fag as some empty pejorative. He's absolutely a gay agenda pusher and his being a peter puffer is entirely relevant when he's using his career as an activist platform. He's not just blue pill he's a blood blood who is also blue pill. Nothing is more sanctamonius than that.
10-05-2014 12:36 AM
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RE: Is Journalism dead? Who is your favorite journalist and why?
It seems you like journalists who share your views on immigration.
10-05-2014 01:02 PM
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RE: Is Journalism dead? Who is your favorite journalist and why?
I've told this story before, and it never ceases to blow peoples' minds, particularly the 35+ crowd who actually worked as reporters before it was taken over by J-school types.

Nearly a decade ago, I was a journalism major at what was one of the more prestigious state journalism schools in New York. One of the classes I was taking, a class taught by the department head (a nice guy and a gentleman), had us creating a mock newspaper for a grade every month. We were divided into four groups, and we would go out, get real stories pertaining to the college/local community (actually interview people and the like), assemble them in a newspaper and present it to the class. There were four people in each group: three reporters and an editor, and the positions rotated each month (we produced four papers in total).

During my time as editor, I was putting my group's paper together when I noticed that one of the stories (on negotiations to bring a Target to the local mall) seemed a bit odd. I looked it up online and discovered that virtually everything in the story was taken from Wikipedia's article on Target. It was barely even paraphrased, just straight up copied and pasted. No original reporting at all.

I went to the writer in question and told her that there was no way I could let her pass in this, since school policy was that plagiarism earned you an automatic expulsion.

Her reply: "Who cares? I've done it before, everyone else does it, the professor doesn't care!"

I caved and let the article through. We got a B+ and the professor didn't even notice. A week later, I switched my major to English.

Journalism doesn't exist. Mainstream "reporters" are stenographers who file stories without doing the most basic fact-checking, in many cases straight up stealing their content from other people. They are too lazy and craven to do even the slightest amount of investigation. Look at, say, Caitlin Dewey, who is basically Lindy West with a lisp, only she writes for the Washington Post. That is modern journalism: snide, slothful narcissists who know their (leftist) ideological agendas and nothing else.

And this is why journalists are so easy to manipulate. Ryan Holiday wrote about this in Trust Me, I'm Lying: since reporters today are unwilling/unable to do the smallest amount of independent research, you can easily fool them into propagating lies and hoaxes. The Duke rape case, Anita Sarkeesian's so-called "threats," that Django Unchained actor who tried to cover up her public fucking by accusing the LAPD of racism: if you manufacture the right story and market it properly, you can have journalists eating out of the palm of your hand.

Modern journalists, with a handful of exceptions (Matt Taibbi, Glenn Greenwald, Milo Yiannopoulos etc.), are nothing more than whores. Lazy, stupid, gullible whores.

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10-05-2014 01:33 PM
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RE: Is Journalism dead? Who is your favorite journalist and why?
Modern journalism, like so many other institutions that have sold out for money, has numerous charlatans in its ranks. Especially in the big corporations.

But I really do think that there is some wheat buried beneath all this chaff. Good journalists--the ones who are fearless and not afraid to rip into injustice and stupidity--are found in the out-of-the-way places. They're in the underground websites, or they're working or freelancing for themselves.

It's right here before our eyes. The top manosphere guys (Roosh, Matt Forney, Mike CF, Rollo, Heartiste, etc.) are examples of the "hope for the future" of journalism. In some sense they are "journalists." They do their own thing, are not owned by anyone, are not afraid to call out stupidity when they see it.

And good writing will never go out of style.

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RE: Is Journalism dead? Who is your favorite journalist and why?
(10-05-2014 01:02 PM)RioNomad Wrote:  It seems you like journalists who share your views on immigration.

Not necessarily. Although Jorge Ramos is very big on immigration rights which is a view I support, but I just like how he attacks people on their bs. Jorge is very recognized not only in the states but all over Latin America and has interviewed world leaders like Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales, Fidel Castro and has made them squirm and those world leaders are afraid of him. In fact I recall Hugo Chavez feeling insecure about him that he had Ramos fly to a small village in Venezuela where Chavez was surrounded by people from his party so he could feel secure with the questions Ramos was going to ask him. When he came to the U.S. I was excited to see him interview US politicians here.



Also Fox News has some very good journalists who are right wing leaning who are very good. CNN also has a more left-leaning view with great journalists like Anderson Cooper who has a gay rights agenda, but that doesn't mean he's a bad journalist. A good journalist challenges those in power to try to get the truth out regardless of agenda.
10-05-2014 04:17 PM
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RE: Is Journalism dead? Who is your favorite journalist and why?
Not dead, but dying.

I've always believed that a journalist should try to uncover the facts, report that impartially to their audience and let the members of that audience make up their own minds. Instead journalism has over the years become more about inherent bias to please whoever owns the media (*cough* Rupert Murdoch *cough*) With the move from print to online it has also become about clickbait rather than actual journalism.

One of my biggest issues with journalism is female 'journalists' who write opinion pieces. They do no independent research. They are biased from the start. They deliberately set out to create drama to increase their profile whether the facts are true or not yet hold themselves out as some sort of 'authority' . Clementine Ford is an example of this. They are not journalists. Anyone with access to the Internet can do what they do. The embarrassing thing is they are often paid well to do this, but you know, anything to get people clicking and stir up the masses in a way that distracts them from the real issues.
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25-YEAR-OLD NYU JOURNALISM STUDENT: WHAT'S AN EDITORIAL?

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/...-editorial

Quote:"Oye, and just like that I send my resume, which now includes research on indigenous maxi pads, to the editor at the Times hiring interns, even though I have no idea what an editorial is. That’s right. I am twenty-five, I am writing for a national magazine, I have been in journalism school, and I do not know what an editorial is.
"I want to say that it’s never come up, that no one has ever talked to me about editorials. But they probably did, and I didn’t know what it was, and as I’ve been doing since I was in kindergarten, I probably acted like I knew what they were talking about and promptly forgot it."
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Ugh, I disagree with all of the OPs choices. Katie Couric is a worthless piece of shit, like most women typists.

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