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Balladeer
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25 posted 10-01-2005 11:02 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

On the other hand, I think it is even MORE dangerous to try to convince America that our Fifth Estate can never be trusted and should be routinely ignored.

Well, Ron, I certainly don't have the power to convince the American public of anything....and, even if I could, I wouldn't because I do believe that there are decent, responsible newsmen out there. Unfortunately it is the Fifth Estate that is doing the convincing. With the reports of reporters caught making up stories, to Rather and his foibles, to this example of the violence in New Orleans, to many other examples over the years people are regarding the news with a much more jaundiced eye than before, I believe. Walter Kronkite is not around any more to be believed in.

With regards to New Orleans, I don't believe the only result sought after was the selling of more papers. I believe that painting the events with the blackest strokes possible fit the agenda of the day - making everything look as horrible as possible, which would, in turn, relate to FEMA which would, in turn, relate to Bush. Does that blame the reporters? No, the agenda-makers sit much higher than that and they dictate which way the news is going to go. Although I would never be able to prove it, I feel 100% certain that if Clinton or a Democratic president were sitting in the oval office, the reports would have been completely different.

I agree with you that the public does share some of the blame. It's drilled into our heads from birth not to believe every we hear or read (and only half of what we see). What sticks in my craw is our inaccurate news which spreads to the rest of the world. They DO believe what they read in our papers and judge us based on those reports. I feel that responsibility in journalism should take that into consideration....
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26 posted 10-01-2005 11:38 PM       View Profile for Stephanos   Email Stephanos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Stephanos's Home Page   View IP for Stephanos

Hey Ron,


My dog barks way too much ... made a mockery of a stupid citronella "bark collar" we bought ... and irritates my neighbors to no end.  (They've probably got a picture of me and my dog on a dart board, or have voo doo dolls with pins).  Sometimes I do wonder whether or not his "watchdog" skills are worth his lack of restraint.  Robbers don't come around too often, but my neighbors actually live next door year round.  


So it may be a valid question as to whether or not the Media does more harm than good, especially in some of it's more dramatic roles.


Interesting conversation ...


carry on.


PS)  Anyone interested in providing a home for a really good watchdog?


Stephen.
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What sticks in my craw is our inaccurate news which spreads to the rest of the world. They DO believe what they read in our papers and judge us based on those reports. I feel that responsibility in journalism should take that into consideration....


From personal conversations, the thought seems to be something like this:

"If the American government can screw up like this, how bad do you think our government would be in the same situation?"

Regardless of reports, the overwhelming image of America and Americans is still competence.

I suspect the only ones who can screw that up will be ourselves.
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28 posted 10-02-2005 10:40 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Well, I'm glad they feel that way there, Brad, but I spent 13 years living in other countries and, unfortunately I saw the opposite...
 
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