Posted by: johnhourihan | November 27, 2013

Lara Logan is not the problem


It may be too late to buy a newspaper and make it all better, but a short-sighted public, especially the young adults among us  in a rush to get their “news” bumper-sticker style, and greedy stock holders and CEOs,  have killed real journalism. And CBS has blamed it all on Lara Logan.
Associated Press has recently announced that CBS has put Correspondent Lara Logan, a woman who was hired for her looks as much as for her expertise, and her producer Max McClelland on a “leave of absence of undetermined length.”
Why?
She did a story on Benghazi based on the interview of a supposed eye witness who was lying.
CBS News executive Al Ortiz, in a review that was reported by The Associated Press, said the team should have done a better job vetting the story that featured a security contractor who said he was at the U.S. mission in Libya the night it was attacked last year.
CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager also  reported to Associated Press that he usually catches everything, “but this deception got through and it shouldn’t have.”
He probably won’t face any punishment.
There are two problems here, the least of which is one correspondent doing a piss poor job of covering the fact that she seemingly jumped at a chance to hurt the sitting president of the United States.
In my 30 years in newspapers I watched journalism die.
It all started when CEOs and publishers were told that if they could come in under budget the company would split the money with them in the form of bonuses.
Every year after that the employees at newspapers were sent home by the drove. The work was evenly distributed among those left and life went on. It became increasingly difficult to get the bulk of the work done with the same quality as it had been since copy editors became layout specialists and fact checkers became unemployed people.
Then, when cutting the number of bodies became difficult, the next step was to cut quality. Experienced  journalists who had been working for decades and knew their jobs were let go and replaced with children who came directly from college and knew nothing except that they would take less money. Not only did they know little, there was no one left to teach them how to do things the right way. They have grown up now and seemingly have little knowledge of the ethics needed to call yourself a journalist.
Then came 24-hour TV news and comedy shows that dealt with the “news.”
Because newspapers were now a shadow of what they had been, because “You need three sources to verify” became “I don’t care if it’s true or not, get it on twitter now,” people stopped buying them.
On TV, advertisers and the politics of the owners dictated the content of  “news” shows, and people began getting entertainment and politically biased “news.”
Now the most trusted TV “news” show, 60 Minutes, has been outed for what it is – a money-driven, understaffed, inferior- talented remnant of a day when journalism was one of the government’s valid checks and balances.
And what is the answer from the people who did it?
CBS has put correspondent Lara Logan, a woman who was hired for her looks as much as for her expertise, and her producer Max McClelland on a “leave of absence of undetermined length.”
Right. That’s the problem.

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Responses

  1. Capitalism at work… well, it (quality of product) will work its way through a series of ups and downs until the people get what they want. Question is, what DO they want? I sometimes think its all illusion… knowing ‘reality’ would scare the bejesus out of me… just keep telling me what I want to hear and I will gladly pay you what you demand. Maybe the mayor of Toronto is on (to) something…

    Charlie

  2. I stopped watching the Daily clown and the Idiot report a long time ago. Just didn’t seem right laughing about the topics they almost covered. I still read the daily news every morning—not much in it tho.

    • I know. Local news has all but been killed by greed .

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      • “What was made in the U.S.A. sure was a good idea until greed got in the way!”


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