Let me Infotain you!
Must be a slow news day, eh? It seems that even the current
news story about the freeing of three women held captive in Cleveland for a decade
isn’t immune from mainstream media, um.., massaging.
First comes the following link to a nice catch by attentive skeptics of what passes
for “coverage” by our increasingly brazen news alterers:
As the linked commentary asks:
Why bother to cover up the fact that the “House of Horrors”
has flown a Puerto Rican flag on its porch for quite some time?
To which I’ll add the questions:
Who doesn’t want Puerto Rico to enter the public “consciousness”?
On a more comical note we turn to CNN. Isn’t that where
everyone goes for comic relief?
Ah, synchronized traffic. How perfectly sublime. Why not add
a little drama by simulating a satellite interview between two women reporters?
Or is it just that CNN simply can’t cover a news story straight-up without
injecting their own element of fiction. After all, they’ve been doing it for
decades as the following link proves:
I think anyone with even the slightest exposure to how
journalism is, or has been taught will recognize what is going on here. Take me
Forty years ago I took a high school (seriously)
journalism class (hat tip to Earl Stinson
) that laid out the principle at work in at least the CNN brand
of reporting. It’s known as ‘New Journalism
’ wherein the writer/reporter is
actually a part of the story rather than just reciting it. Our text book was a then-new book by Tom Wolfe entitled appropriately enough, The New Journalism
assigned reading such as Hunter S. Thompson’s The
Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved.
I’ll be the first to admit
that it was astoundingly entertaining. But journalism?
Hence CNN pretends that Charles Jaco is in Saudi Arabia
during a scud alert to dramatize Saddam Hussein’s jokingly ineffective scud
missile attacks. Notwithstanding one alleged lucky strike that killed a couple
dozen unfortunate American servicemen.
Unfortunately, what began as engaging creative writing that was acknowledged as at least partly fictitious "journalism," has morphed into nothing more than cheap parlor tricks performed primarily by lousy thespians.
As to the Cleveland/Puerto Rico brand of “massaging” of the
truth; well, I can only say that it raises some interesting questions as to the
motive to cover up the Puerto Rican connection, as well as to who decided it
Inquiring minds want to know!