October 20, 2006

You know, The DMN really does suck...

Slowly but surely, much like the AAS, the DMN has become one of the worst papers in the United States. By doing what newspapers should never do... engaing in wishful thinking, ignoring reality and writing badly.

That's right, a blog that features posts about A Dildo that may (or may not) have been up Perry's ass is calling out the established dead tree media.

I've read stories recently about hard times at the newspapers around the state. There's a reason for that... the quality is so low that it's a tedious chore to read them. The DMN has become little more than an in-flight magazine: Lots of ads, little or no real thought and nothing that will actually inform people. I dropped my subscription years ago because I found myself more interested in the Best Buy circular than in the front page. And I hate Best Buy.

The fault lies not only with the overbearing management but with the staff as well. Often, after reading an article online (you didn't think I actually paid for the paper, did you?) I'm struck by the fact that the issue, about which the reporter is writing, is being misrepresentated. Take the Iraqi Invasion and Occupation. The Press, as a whole, did a piss poor job of questioning the intelligence that led us to war. Congress did as well, which is one of the reasons the Rs are about to get the shellacking they richly deserve. HOWEVER, even after the facts started coming out about manipulation of intelligence, reporters still wrote of not the central issue but instead of the talking points being used on either side. Talking points. Journalists became reporters became stenographers.

Without ever questioning the truth of those talking points, and nary a word about whether they were right or wrong, is it any wonder that reporters are often afforded such little respect? They are, at best, unreliable flesh and bone tape recorders.

Pink Lady has a story up about endorsements and how the editor of the AAS is making a command decision on the Governor's race. It seems that Rich Oppel is overriding the Editorial Board and demanding an endorsement of Perry. The same guy who has failed year after horrendous year. Of course, so has Rich. His tenure at The Statesman has been remarkable for one thing... the number of subscriber's lost. While Austin continues to grow, The Statesman continues to be an albatross just as the DMN is in Dallas. Did Belo Corp make a command deicison there with the comical endorsement of Perry? I mean seriously, touting Perry's stance on energy deregulation was pure comedic genius in light of the fact that your own paper published a story earlier this week about what a disaster deregulation has been.

Until newspapers start doing their jobs again and until reporters start acting like the journalists they claim to be, we're going to keep pointing and laughing at you when we see you around town. Respect has to be earned and it's pretty sad when a blog (which has it's ed board meetings in a bar) actually garners more respect than a newspaper. Yes, I'm talking about INPT.

What, you thought I was talking about McBlogger? Shit. Even the guy at my favorite liquor store doesn't respect us.

Posted by mcblogger at October 20, 2006 12:40 PM

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Do people really expect a Westlaker-who-still-likes-to-claim-he-lives-in-Austin like Oppel _not_ to force an endorsement of Perry?

Posted by: M1EK at October 20, 2006 03:57 PM

A good Jack makes a good Jill... Mary

Posted by: Mary at November 21, 2006 04:53 PM

Better the foot slip than the tongue... Faith

Posted by: Faith at November 24, 2006 03:46 AM

An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening... Sampson

Posted by: Sampson at November 24, 2006 04:07 AM

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