Over at my favorite blog on the media, Press Think, New York University’s Jay Rosen is keeping up with how the press is handling the departure of CIA director Porter Goss, his replacement by Gen. Michael Hayden, and how new White House press secretary Tony Snow will handle the press briefing today.
He phrases the question like this.
“The CIA director is forced out after a year and the White House gives no reason at all for it. What will the new press secretary do when asked for an explanation that was glaringly absent on Friday? Monday is Tony Snow’s first day on the job. Let’s see if reason-giving can make a comeback.”
My comments on the issue:
It would be too much to ask to expect anything to get better in this lame duck administration. They have no choice but to continue stonewalling and hope to make it another two and a half years without being impeached, removed from office, put in jail or killed by “terrorists.”
The legacy press has no choice but to continue doing what they are doing, kissing up to power to keep that 20 percent profit rolling in.
Nothing will change until the Democrats take back Congress and newspaper circulation drops to a point where publishers take the drastic step of actually hiring the best reporters, paying them real money, and realizing that their future depends on regaining the trust of readers.
Newspaper blogging will not save them because they are no good at it and people trun to blogs for something alternative to the same old cheap syndicated BS.
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