Doesn’t this bother Obama supporters at all?

So now President Obama is talking about taking over er, uh, bailing out newspapers (Obama is ‘Concerned’ About Blogosphere).

This is creepy:

Mr. Obama said he noted the trend. “I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, that what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding,” the President said.

Great point, Mr. President.  A good example would be how the major newspapers scooped the ACORN story with experienced reporters Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe.  Oh, wait, bad example.  They were amateur no-names who did that.  I read about the ACORN mess countless times on blogs before the MSM was forced to report on it and long before Charles Gibson was finally informed about it.

I do concede that an Obama-run newspapers would be more efficient.  The administration wouldn’t have to tell the papers what to write, as with the current practice, they would just write it themselves.

0 thoughts on “Doesn’t this bother Obama supporters at all?”

  1. I dream of the day when there will be no newspaper. Just bloggers.

    That said, there will always be a need for aggregators… or “friends” that tell you what sources they need.

    newspapers can stay alive if they can be self-sufficient. Otherwise, they should go out of business and let the good ones prosper.


  2. ” no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, that what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding”

    Wow, he just described the daily news cycle. I wish the second Lincoln would take a little time to study the real one, and especially what he endured from the press of his day- without whining all the time I might add. You are dead on about one thing, this is creepy, creepy enough, one would hope, to scare even his kook fringe worshipers, if that were possible.


  3. I’m a strong proponent of a free press. True, the TV newsmedia and even the print media often publish misinformation, make their own news and ignore the truth. But blogs do not have the resources to do the fact-checking, in depth reports and follow-up that the “MSM” has. Sometimes, they do get it right.

    However, a government bailout is a bad idea, worse than the auto bailout and worse than the banking bailout.


  4. Yeah same here, I agree with Randy, no matter how bad the news, the free press should stick around. The fact that bloggers, no offense Neil :), are challenging the MSM, shows how much the MSM is ignoring the facts. Their resources should be huge and should be able to do a much better job than bloggers every time.. yet they don’t.. serious problems with handling resources.. so let’s just bail them out! 😦


  5. Feel free to delete this.. I forgot to get notifications of comments in my last post 🙂 Hopefully you deleting it doesn’t delete the notifications also! 🙂


  6. The great thing about bloggers and alternative media sources is that you can take them out for a test drive and see if they are reliable. I’ve found many sites that have a very high batting average AND are quick to come back and post corrections if they make mistakes (none of those page-19-small-font-corrections-to-major-errors-in-the-headlines nonsense you get with newspapers).

    Contrast that with the Charles Gibson types who were in the dark on ACORN, the 18-1 bias of the big 3 on Sarah Palin, etc.


  7. I don’t think it would do POTUS any harm to do a little fact checking himself.

    But then facts do seem to cause a lot of trouble in politics.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s