Written on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by Marilyn Assenheim
Poor George Orwell, spinning in his grave like a gyroscope on steroids; little did he know that what is euphemistically called news reporting would turn, instead, into bold-faced creative writing projects. Two headlines from Monday’s slop bucket (number 1 courtesy of NewsBusters, number 2 from Breitbart), illustrate the point:
- “Face the Nation’ Edits Out Senator Cruz Condemning Obama’s ‘Abuse of Power”
- “Ezra Klein’s New Website Vox Will Tell You What to Think About the News”
Senator Ted Cruz appeared on Face the Nation Sunday. Chief Inquisitor, Bob Schieffer, wanted an admission of responsibility from Senator Cruz for The Lyin’ King’s government shutdown and accused Senator Cruz of fomenting it. According to NewsBusters: “…it also appears that Mr. Cruz was the victim of editing by CBS. Based on video from Senator Cruz’s YouTube page and what aired on (Sunday’s) Face the Nation broadcast, the senator’s comments surrounding President Obama’s ‘abuse of power’ were edited from the program. Instead what aired was a segment that ignored many of the senator’s complaints directed at President Obama.” For those who might be skeptical of the lengths to which an unashamedly partisan CBS went in order to advance her own viewpoint, videos of what was actually said and what was ultimately broadcast are available at NewsBusters: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jeffrey-meyer/2014/01/26/face-nation-edits-out-senator-cruz-condemning-obama-s-abuse-power#ixzz2rZ167RcB
The Breitbart piece is even more telling. Ezra Klein, poster boy for progressive dogma, was given the heave-ho from Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post earlier this month on January 2. Klein insisted that the paper fund his-web based pet project, to the tune of $10,000,000. The Post refused after a legion of accountants unanimously found Klein’s project would never recoup a fraction of the expense. Klein had a hissy fit. The Washington Post countered with a pink slip, summarily handing Klein his hat and expressed concern that the door not hit his behind. Klein has subsequently roosted at Vox Media and aired his true goal. Breitbart reports: “Saying he intends to ‘fix the news’ with Vox, Klein bemoaned the failure of the Internet to make the news better at delivering the ‘crucial context’ people need. ‘Today, we are better than ever at telling people what’s happening…but not nearly good enough at giving them the crucial contextual information necessary to understand what’s happened…’ Klein and crew intend to create a site that is as good at ‘explaining the world as it is at reporting on it.’”
The news has always been subject to creative enhancement, and was officially dubbed “yellow journalism” during the Spanish-American War. Papers, desperate to grab a majority share of readership, created ever-more lurid and fanciful embellishments on the truth. But today’s motives are far more insidious. “Reporters” make up stories out of whole cloth or suppress facts. They aren’t reporting; they are inventing news in order to realize their opinions of events. And they are determined to shape our opinions by telling us what to think. Remember the television show “The Gillmore Girls?” Early in this millennium, Rory Gillmore tells her mother, with fanatical conviction that would credit Jean d’Arc, that she intends to become a reporter, “like Christiane Amanpour,” because she “want(s) to change the world.” Reporting events had self-righteously morphed into creating events.
Both stories share a common caution. Events, such as deliberate editing and blatant prevarication, are becoming more commonplace. Spinning news is “out of the closet.” The MSM does not feel compelled to offer apologies once they are found out. It has, sadly, become a given that reporters no longer state what has happened; they cut, compose and tell us what to think about events, all at the same time. The MSM insists that we aren’t qualified to think for ourselves.
Presuming the color of journalism has a correlation to bodily waste, it’s no longer yellow. It‘s brown. Dark brown.