Sunday, March 13, 2005

Media Self-Flagellation

Crooks and Liars cites an article from Broadcasting and Cable's website regarding the recent Radio-Television News Directors Foundation awards dinner held in Washington. Seems like there was a lot of teeth gnashing and whining going on at the dais. NBC News President Neal Shapiro (yeah, the same guy who appointed Bush shill Brian Williams to take Tom Brokaw's place) had this to say:

...[Shapiro said] that the press is under attack as never before from the executive and judicial branches, which he says are pursuing journalists with "actual malice" just for doing their jobs.

Yeah, Neal, Eason Jordan could tell you a bit about that situation. As could Giuliana Sgrena. And Helen Thomas. And even Maureen Dowd. I think the journalistic term is "freeze out" -- something BushCo's become quite famous for in journalistic circles, and for which few or no reporters are willing to jeopardize their cushy jobs.

Later in the evening, even Washington vet Sam Donaldson said...

...he had never seen such "vitriolic animus" toward journalists, save for the waning days of the Nixon administration. Donaldson said he hears commentators from the right and left trying to convince the public that the mainstream press cannot be trusted. It's time to "fire back," he said.

Hey, Sam - you guys just figuring this out? So what are you going to do about it except sip that vodka martini (no olives) and wax philosophic about the poor job that's being done around you by your TASS stringer brethren?

A quick word of advice to the journos, paraphrased from (since it's Sunday) Luke 4:23:

And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.