Please, please, please don't call the local media's
presentations "news" or "journalism".
It's INFO-TAINMENT, pure and simple (and quite obvious).
They are most decidedly NOT in the journalism business.
They are in the ENTERTAINMENT business.
Original, hard hitting investigative news gathering is
extremely expensive and makes very little (if any) money.
Repeating the government and police press releases almost
verbatim like trained parrots is inexpensive and highly profitable.
They let the govenment do the "work" for them (at our expense),
accept it at face value, and rarely question the party line unless
public opinion demands it. And even then, often they don't, in fear
of losing their very cushy relationship with those in power
and those precious advertising dollars by rocking the boat.
When's the last time you saw an investigative story done
on any local new car dealer's shady sales practices?
We all know anecdotally of consumers being ripped-off
and mis-led in order to get that sale. That doesn't happen
in the Portland metro area? Were in a glass bubble here?
What about XXX Corporation in Portland laying off 400 employees?
Does Channel 2/6/8/12 also mention their CEO was just given
a $100,000 raise last quarter, and that he was already making
an outrageous number of times what the average hourly person was?
Do they ask the corporates if expenses like the LearJet,
the skybox at PGE park, the company supplied vehicles, and the
private ski chalet at Aspen were cut first?
Is there any mention of the additional strain that will be placed
on already over-burdened social services?
Any interviews with laid-off employees who had a year to go until retirement?
Hell no! The story usually ends with the news anchors conjuring up
a little phony empathy. Perhaps they hang their hair sprayed heads for a moment.
It's all too predictable.
Then on to the weather, the traffic report or countless nauseating minutes
devoted to those god-damned "feel-good" stories.
Did you know that the FCC grants broadcast media their licenses on the condition
that they operate "in the public interest"? How's all of this crap they
spew out "in the public interest"? Just before the renewal of their licenses,
the FCC invites public comment whether or not they should or should not be re-newed.
I send my comments, DO YOU? The broadcast media's under the impression
their licenses are for eternity. Perhaps with enough input to the FCC,
they may have to re-think their impressions.
(At least that's the way it's supposed to work)
I long for the day KGW/Belo, KATU/Fisher, KOIN/Emmis,
KPTV/Meredith each announce layoffs due to declining
TV news ratings. THEY ALL SUCK!