Guest Blogger–My Friend Peter

I just got an email from my friend Peter Mokover on the Jersey Shore. “If I had a blog” he began, He doesn’t have a blog. Actually today he does–mine.

Over the past several months I´ve read or heard interviews of several leading broadcast journalists in which they expressed their concern about how more and more people are getting their “news” from bloggers on the Internet and late night comedy shows. I share that concern. The majority of bloggers have limited journalistic skill. Late night hosts are comedians not journalists. None of them are The New York Times, NBC or CNN.

Then I watched John Stewart interview Jim Cramer tonight (and several other pieces Stewart has done recently) and I wondered: why didn´t one of the network news shows do this? Why didn´t CNN do this? Stewart put them to shame. So much for their journalistic skill.

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Peter has a point… and then again he doesn’t. Though Stewart takes on the media, he does it on the cheap. In fact it’s The New York Times, NBC, CNN and the rest that pay for The Daily Show’s coverage. They send reporters to the field and buy cameras and satellite trucks.

And, of course, The Daily Show isn’t answerable, so they can call someone a douche (or other term). I’m not sure how that would play in news.

Where Peter is totally correct is that mainstream media often take those in power at their word. That is a shame. I suspect it might get worse with newspapers dying and TV stations retrenching.

2 Responses to “Guest Blogger–My Friend Peter”

  1. Gary says:

    I kinda think that if one isn’t already getting their news from a “mainstream” news source, shows like Jon Stewart’s would be less entertaining, and half the jokes wouldn’t make sense.

    As for folks who get their news from blogs that may be inaccurate, this is nothing new – before the internet, we still had The National Enquirer, World News Weekly, etc…

  2. yoda says:

    A prefect example of the problem with corporate media, is that Neither Keith O. nor Rachel Maddow on MSNBC were allowed to reference the Stewart v. Cramer interviews.

    Also Morning Joe had no reference. This observation was widely “digged” (dug?).

    CNBC and MSNBC fall under the same “corporate” umbrella.

    Ed Murrow, save us all…We are all in deep doo doo.

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