Are the MSM really that stupid?
How many times a day do you read or hear some allegedly intelligent news anchor/reporter/journalist say/write such things as;
- “Why have the people stopped listening?”
- “Why can’t the ALP get their message out?”
- “Why do the ALP have a communication problem?”
- “Why is it that the ALP aren’t being heard?”
To all these questions, I have my own questions;
- “Are all these questions rhetorical?”
- “Are you kidding?”
- Are you all being deliberately obtuse?”
They also rearrange these questions, so as to state them as fact, as if this is breaking news.
- The people have stopped listening.
- The ALP can’t get their message out.
- The ALP have a communication problem.
- The ALP aren’t being heard
The really annoying thing is that even the publicly funded ABC have jumped on the band
wagon, and become part of the problem, with Leigh Sales devoting entire interviews to
shutting down her ALP guests, who come on to talk about and promote policy, for the sake of chasing the rumour, spin and sensational, rather than informing the public of the policy options put forward by the opposing protagonists.
They then have the audacity to ask those stupid questions, while keeping a straight face.
I have heard many people say that they hate Julia, or that she’s a liar and can’t be trusted, but when pressed on these points they just mindlessly repeat the LNP slogans, or dither around, in confusion, trying to find ways to justify their hatred without any real reasons for it. Why is that?
On QandA last monday, Robert Mann actually tried to make the point that the media might be responsible for the ALP not getting their message out, only to be howled down by Paul Kelly, editor at large of the Un-Australian, who was outraged at the mere suggestion, and backed up by Tony (I’m biased and I’m in charge) Jones, and Barnaby (Stupidity is what I aspire to) Joyce.
Of course they know that their agenda is to give Abbott a limo ride straight to the Lodge, and they also know that they have been instrumental in promoting the LNP slogans of a dysfunctional, dishonest and generally bad government, as well as drumming up constant leadershit speculation, by quoting “Internal polling”, that they won’t or can’t produce, “Unnamed sources”, which are at best suspect and at worst nonexistent, and “Whispers behind closed doors” which pretty much speak for themselves.
Then they look all wide eyed and innocent, as they ask all those stupid and rhetorical questions.
When did the old Journalists creed of “without fear or favour”, become;
- “With fear of Murdoch and favour to Abbott”?
- “Without fear of repercussions for telling lies”?
- “Without honesty or integrity”?
- “Without sources or validation”?
To name but a few that are more pertinent than the original creed. 😯
Now to some relevant questions;
When did a once great profession like journalism join the ranks of greedy bankers, Insurance execs, and shonky used car salesmen, as some of the most dishonest, dishonourable and despised in society?
When did so called journalists go from reporting the news, to inform public opinion, to giving opinion as news for the express purpose of manipulating and directing public opinion?
When did the MSM become barrackers for the rabid right wing nut jobs of the LNP?