Thursday, May 15, 2014

Thanks to the Internet, News Reporting is No Longer the Exclusive Domain of Establishment Propagandists

Consider this a report on how the establishment is being beat out by the internet. BuzzFeed discloses:
A 96-page internal New York Times report, sent to top executives last month by a committee led by the publisher’s son and obtained by BuzzFeed, paints a dark picture of a newsroom struggling more dramatically than is immediately visible to adjust to the digital world, a newsroom that is hampered primarily by its own storied culture.
The Times report was finalized March 24 by a committee of digitally oriented staffers led by reporter A.G. Sulzberger. His father, Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger, fired Executive Editor Jill Abramson Tuesday, a decision that doesn’t appear immediately related to the paper’s digital weaknesses.
The report largely ignores legacy competitors and focuses on the new wave of digital companies, including First Look MediaVoxHuffington PostBusiness Insider, and BuzzFeed.
“They are ahead of us in building impressive support systems for digital journalists, and that gap will grow unless we quickly improve our capabilities,” the report warns. “Meanwhile, our journalism advantage is shrinking as more of these upstarts expand their newsrooms.”
“We are not moving with enough urgency,” it says...
... a central issue is “a cadre of editors who remain unfamiliar with the web.”


 Writes Gary North:
The gray lady is sinking into the tar pits. It is thrashing around. It is roaring.
It reminds me of the reporter who asked Bobby Fisher at age 15 what he liked most about chess.  “I love to see them squirm.”
Me, too


  1. " ... a central issue is “a cadre of editors who remain unfamiliar with the web.”"

    Wrong. A central issue is that these old-line journos are nothing more than PR agencies for the establishment, and too many people know it.

    1. Too many people know it because of the internet.

    2. Yep.

      Yellow cake uranium anyone ?

    3. The Von Mises Institute is a PR agency for the establishment. You have to understand how high school level economics to see it.


  3. The biggest eyeopener to me is that the mainstream news is still around.

  4. Discredit the people who have expertise and credibility and then you can make up whatever you want. Civil War was about a tariff ring a bell? Keep them stupid and feed them whatever comes out the backside of a Koch Bros cow.

  5. They might be able to save themselves if they tried printing the truth instead of government bullshit and ignorant leftist tripe.

  6. While I enjoy the discomfort they must feel at the New York Times, the rag is not going anywhere while the US Government is still around.

    Also, for the average citizen, TV is still the main source of news. Nothing quite feels real or accurate for most people until they can see the CNN video titling with theme music.

    The internet will only undermine the MSM until everyone who votes and believes in the high credibility of TV news has died off.

    When everyone gets their news from internet, then maybe a better worldview will get a chance.