Posted by aogWednesday, 01 May 2013 at 13:36 TrackBack Ping URL

Some may recommend reading the daily newspaper to be informed but my experience is that people who do that tend to be noticeably less informed about reality. My view is that this is because modern journalism has a status obsessed monoculture that exceeds even that of academia so they are not only ignorantly parochial in thought but almost unable to even imagine others could think differently.

Let’s take just some recent examples. There is no need to dig back years (e.g. Walter Duranty) because this kind of thing is a never ending stream.

For example, the Pigford scandal which (3 years later) even the New York Times gets around to covering.

Or informing the public about POR-carenot.

The reporting on the Gosnell trial which is so bad Snopes had to put up a page so people wouldn’t think it was a hoax.

A New York Times article about a gun related accident which makes no sense to any one who actually knows how a fire arm works, despite the layers of fact checkers and editors. Just more monkey fishing. But there’s no pattern here.

On a broader scale the unceasing effort to paint Tea Partiers and conservatives in general as violent racists such as here or here or here. While ignore the real infatuation with violence by the MAL.

It’s all about assigning the blame to someone else. It’s gotten to the point where physical resemblance and age are being used to invoke McCarthyism in a straight up way, as if that makes sense.

The hysterical reaction to just rumours of the Koch brothers buying the LA Times1. As noted “Isn’t this guild statement the ultimate smoking gun of liberal media bias?”.

Global warmening. Heh.

You know it’s really bad when even Old Media gets a glimmer (quickly suppressed of course). But they’ll still clean up quotes when those might reflect badly on The One.

It’s hardly unexpected that the American Street’s trust in Old Media is at an historic low except to those in Old Media who from their published columns are utterly mystified by this. If any other industry with that kind of public image problem were a failing industry, Old Media would automatically assign the blame for the decline on the industry for so ill serving its customers. But self introspection is quite the lost art among the journalistic set.

UPDATE: Someone else has compiled a far more definitive list than mine, which was mainly just things I had open in my browser tabs.

1 One of the obvious questions about non-TranZis buying newspapers is how to deal with that staff monoculture. Business graveyards are filled with managers who tried to work against an existing culture and failed. But if half the staff would voluntarily downsize you would actually have a chance, especially since it is very likely to be the most hard core who leave. Improve the culture and control staff size — win win.

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erp Wednesday, 01 May 2013 at 16:32

Well said.

Annoying Old Guy Wednesday, 01 May 2013 at 22:12

Now remember kids, using targets in a political context is inappropriately violent unless it’s done by the proper sort.

Also if you report on a problem it’s good to point out where it is particularly bad unless that’s someplace you favor.

Get your uninformation hot off the press…

erp Thursday, 02 May 2013 at 07:49

One of the questions on the teacher evaluations is “easiness”? What the heck does that mean?

I am choosing to take to mean that the teacher is at ease as he teaches because I hope no student not in the soft [headed] sciences is looking for courses for dummies!

Annoying Old Guy Thursday, 02 May 2013 at 08:40

I find the underlying data in the article quite suspect, it was pointing out the Midwest vs. skipping over the Northeast that was of interest.

What’s odd is that I got excellent evaluations as a teaching assistant even though I was a hard case and my professor was worse (miss two homeworks? fail the class).

Hey Skipper Sunday, 05 May 2013 at 10:07

I read both the NYT and WSJ more or less daily (less when I am at home).

I think I am better informed about current events for having done so than I would have been otherwise. Which is to say that in the realm of straight reporting — an event happened — I am better informed about events.

However, I am certain that on certain topics, the NYT simply cannot be trusted, even when in the realm of straight reporting. In that article, the NYT journalist and all the editors are either complete idiots, or have gotten so reflexively good at elision that they don’t even think about it.

Annoying Old Guy Sunday, 05 May 2013 at 12:05


Yes, I think if you read with a sufficiently skeptical eye you can gain information. One of the points of my jeremiads is to promote that skepticism. There was a good quote about how Kremlinology is an active field of study, useful for reading American newspapers now. Let us note that Old Media has done this to itself, at least the Soviet newspapers had the excuse of a police state enforcement.

Annoying Old Guy Sunday, 05 May 2013 at 15:38

Remember, according to the News Guild if you’re a conservative / right-winger you’re not objective. But that attitude couldn’t possibly lead to a pattern of bias…

Annoying Old Guy Monday, 06 May 2013 at 14:40

Tab cleaning —

Washington Post quietly makes major change to Menendez story - in accordance with MiniTrue policy.

Annoying Old Guy Wednesday, 08 May 2013 at 09:40

Gun crime down, gun crime perception up — another win for Old Media.

Bret Wednesday, 08 May 2013 at 10:29

I found two things interesting about that article: (1) nobody really knows why gun crime is (way) down; (2) they didn’t bother to list increased gun ownership and increased levels of concealed carry as a possible reason (I wonder why? :-)

erp Wednesday, 08 May 2013 at 11:38

… nor do “they” see any correlation with more criminals in jail and getting longer sentances as a reason for the lower crime rates. Odd that.

Bret Wednesday, 08 May 2013 at 13:13


They did mention that as a possibility.

Annoying Old Guy Friday, 10 May 2013 at 14:00

Heh. This is an excellent comment at Instapundit

Wouldn’t it be ironic if the imagined threat that Americans were arming themselves against had its roots in a creeping sense of insecurity perpetuated by the gun grabbers as they preach about the epidemic of gun crime? If you keep telling a free people there is a wave of violence just over the horizon, they are likely to take appropriate measures, and those may not square with the solutions preferred by the mandarins.

Annoying Old Guy Monday, 13 May 2013 at 06:55

Let’s not overlook the contrast between the death in Benghazi and the lies to cover it up vs. the Plame affair which was, in fact completely trumped up and the real leaker (Richard Armitage) was the person protected by Old Media.

erp Monday, 13 May 2013 at 11:30

Another difference between the left and right is that it’s the left’s lies that get made into movies and TV programs most people believe are true depictions of events — to wit the recent movie about Lincoln, Argo, The Magnificent Basterds, all of Oliver Stone and Michael Moore opera.

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