Monday, March 23, 2009

Kroft sucker punches journalism into oblivion

The last time I watched 60 Minutes regularly Mike Wallace was still their big star, so I had no idea who this Kroft person was when I clicked in for Obama's interview last night. I wish I had remained in blissful ignorance. His 'zinger' question, awkwarded jackhammered into the interview, still has me irritated this morning. It was such a nakedly transparent wet kiss to the perpetually outraged blitherati and it worked. Every GOP watercarrier of the new and old media has been slobbering over it since last night.

When such an utterly inane question becomes the 'story' instead of the substance of the President's answers, it's a clear sign that meaningful journalism is well and truly dead, or at least brain-damaged beyond any useful cognitive function.

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Blogger Ruth said...

I believe we have the "School of Hiatt" in operation. At WaPo, this treatment of a subject in the most irritating style possible has become SOP. Hiatt occasionally touts the number of hits the editorialists get as proof of influence. Ergo, it appears that provoking a response is the object of their journalistic practice, rather than giving any meaningful reportage. The new journalistic is a paid troll.

12:06:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

That's it in a nutshell Ruth.

12:15:00 PM  

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