The sad state of things

WUNC-FM here in Chapel Hill is a pretty good public radio station, as they go, but today it dropped the ball on an important and growing story. The program was The State of Things and the subject was the mess going on in Greensboro regarding a leaked report on police chief David Wray.

I'm not going to get into the substance of the Greensboro saga, but rather I'm focused on the interview between WUNC's Frank Stasio and blogger Ed Cone.

To be honest, I was really hoping the interview would help illuminate distinctions between blogs and the mainstream media involved in this story. Instead, listeners got a series of naïve questions about blogger "accountability" that were embarrassing to me as a regular contributor to the station.

Stasio asserted that news professionals inside corporate media organizations have accountability because they can be fired - an assertion that is silly on its face. The mainstream media are filled each day with shady stories based on sketchy or anonymous sources produced by “professionals” who spend far too much time trying to defend the integrity of their craft rather than creating transparency. Transparency allows viewers, readers and listeners to decide for themselves what matters most. Heaven forbid ... can't allow that!

Writers at BlueNC and other blogs have uncovered numerous errors, misrepresentations of fact, biases and worse among North Carolina media. The fact that we’ve had 5000 visitors so far this month reveals a growing hunger for alternatives to what “professionals” are spoon-feeding their audiences.

There was a time when public broadcasting did a good job watching the watchdogs, but that time appears to have passed. Now it’s up to us.

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You can hear the thing

here. I think.

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

I lived and breathed NPR for many years.

But, recently they have taken a hard-turn to the right to appease the republicans in leadership roles. It isn't "bipartisan" to report right-wing talking points and the facts. That is partisan. Just stick to the facts and if they don't make the Republicans in charge look good, tough.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Couldn't agree more.

They're better than most of the alternatives, but it's still discouraging to see the wholesale sell-out, especially at the national level, to follow-the-leader journalism. My wife thinks we should continue to support them, but I've lost faith.

I used to work in public broadcasting. It used to be a genuine alternative to the mainstream media. Now it IS the mainstream media, IMO.

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

Journalism: evolve or die

I am so damn tired of having to explain this to these ignorant and/or insecure reporters.

Did you see the N&O's Q section last week that was all about "blogs & ethics." As if we don't have any. As if BLOGGERS haven't been the primary exposers of ethical scandals in the last few years. They need to invest in a newsroom mirror!

Here's my thing from last week: Moving past the "blogs versus journalism" debate.

See also this tiff between N&O Editor Melanie Sills and Jay Rosen in the wake of last year's ConvergeSouth.

Etc, etc, etc...

bravo Ruby.

It boggles the mind that someplace like Air America, which has a leftist spin on THE TRUTH versus talking points, is doing so poorly.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Blogs versus Journalism link is broken.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Sorry