Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Whither Journalism?

From the Smirking Chimp:

Stephen Pizzo: 'The endangered scoop'

Let's play the blame game. Whose fault is it, anyway. Seriously. Whose fault is that:

# We still don't know who met with VP Dick Cheney five years ago to formulate the national energy policies that have now brought us record high energy prices.

# We didn't know in time that the Iraq/Niger/Yellow cake business was a scam - and three years later we still don't know who cooked it up,

# We didn't know in time that there were no WMD in Iraq, and there hadn't been for years,

# We didn't know soon enough that US troops were "mistreating" Iraq prisoners, even though reporters were "embedded" with those troops,

# We didn't learn for almost four years that the NSA was breaking the law listening in on Americans and reading our email.

# Why did it take so long to find out what Jack Abramoff and Tom DeLay were up to when the evidence has been laying around since at least 2002 just waiting for someone it all together.

Who's to blame for that dismal list of disgrace?

Simple. My former profession, journalism, is to blame - hands down. Journalists are supposed to be in the "show and tell" business. But over the past five years they have done neither very well -- if at all.

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