==On if he considers going back to newspapers, or whether it's a dying industry:
"I don't believe that. All the newspaper industry has to do is connect itself better with the internet and guess what? People will read the newsaper on the internet, not rely so much on the paper copy and get with the internet age more so than it has. The foundation of the newspaper business... should never die. We shoud do all we can possible to make sure it lives in perpetuity because it’s extremely important with everything. It keeps radio and television on their ps and qs.
"And when you look at the internet business, what’s dangerous about it is that people who are clearly unqualified get to disseminate their piece to the masses. I respect the journalism industry, and the fact of the matter is ...someone with no training should not be allowed to have any kind of format whatsoever to disseminate to the masses to the level which they can. They are not trained. Not experts. More important are the level of ethics and integrity that comes along with the quote-unqoute profession hasn’t been firmly established and entrenched in the minds of those who’ve been given that license.
"Therefore, there’s a total disregard, a level of wrecklessness that ends up being a domino effect. And the people who suffer are the common viewers out there and, more importantly, those in the industry who haven’t been fortunate to get a radio or television deal and only rely on the written word. And now they’ve been sabotaged. Not because of me. Or like me. But because of the industry or the world has allowed the average joe to resemble a professional without any credentials whatsoever."
Gosh, imagine if regular Joes (or, well, I guess Janes) like me got to "disseminate our pieces to the masses". Why, it'd almost be anarchy! The world would come to an end! There would be no reliable news, anywhere! We have no ethics, no integrity! But more importantly... newspaper writers would be out of a job! WAAAAAAH!
Every time some MSM idiot tries to blame the blogosphere for the death knell sounding for Old Media, I both want to laugh and roll my eyes. Do they really believe what they're saying? Are they really that stupid and dense that they can't understand why it is regular people don't like your product anymore? What I especially love is how he cries that the public will be "forced" to read our unintelligent garbage.
Uh, news flash, buddy. There are not brain waves beaming out of my computer to force people to read this blog post. And I don't think any other blogger has quite been able to do that, either. See, the unwashed masses that MSM tools consider the public to be come and read this stuff of their own free will. All on their own. Isn't that amazing?
With that in mind, you would think that MSM hacks would stop and contemplate what it is, exactly, that is causing people to stop reading newspapers and watching CNN, and migrate to the blogosphere and to talk radio. But that would imply that they were willing to accept a deficiency in the Old Media, which they simply cannot do.
But luckily, us bloggers are usually more than happy to illustrate just what it is that is wrong with the MSM today.
Maybe people are fed up with lies and inaccuracies and unreliable sources. Maybe people are fed up with the rampant bias and agenda-pushing. Maybe people are fed up with hearing nothing but negativity about Iraq, the economy, the weather, the United States, and life in general. Maybe they're fed up with reporting that's closer to enemy propaganda than unbiased news. For more examples, maybe these MSM hacks should visit Newsbusters or Media Mythbusters. That could help shine a light into those dark corners.
Sorry, Mr. Stephen Smith, but people aren't tired of physically holding newspapers, as you suggested by saying that all newspapers needed to do to survive was move onto the internet. Old Media needs to change some things, fast, or they will end up obsolete, through no other fault but their own.
Old Media flakes like Mr. Smith here can whine about how us unintellingent, untrained, unethical idiots shouldn't be allowed to express our opinions of the world today all he wants. He can cry it's destroying an industry. But eventually, he and all the rest of them will discover that they are wrong, and if they want to save an industry, the only finger pointing they should be doing is towards a mirror.
Hat tip: Ace