The Death of Journalism

Watching the news coverage last night of the tragic events at Fort Hood, I couldn’t help but be more horrified and offended at the lazy rumormongering that passes for journalism these days.

I watched as CNN spent massive amounts of time and energy with their digital map software showing the area involved and making useless estimats of the parking lot size and the size of the buildings and how close they were to other things only to find out hours later they were focused on the wrong building…hours after they discovered that I saw the same building used as a background shot for the story.

I listened as a senator stated someone had told her the victims were targeted specifically and then heard multiple outlets report that as if it were a fact.

A panel spent the better part of a half hour discussing the dangerous stress levels created in our military by multiple deployments of serivcemen overseas before one of them finally pointed out that we already knew that this particular suspect had never been deployed before. A few minutes later they returned the the irrelevant topic anyway.

I saw another anchor question some minor fact about the schooling of the suspect as if it were materially important that he had never heard of the school while at the same time mindlessly repeating more materially important rumors as if they were established facts.

I was also disturbed by the fact that the cable outlets just kept on with their regular programming hosts and weaved the story into their opinion shows instead of actually covering the story with news anchors like real news.

All in all I was terrified of what media in this country has become. Forget bias, the issue is simply laziness. Its far easier to just repeat what you’ve heard on some other network as fact than do your own research.

Jerry Sutton

I am, at heart, a software developer though I am currently managing a small Information Technology department for a mid sized company located in my hometown of Jacksonville, FL. When I am not playing with the latest smart-phone or trying to become inspired to write code I read almost anything I can get my hands on from Pulp Era adventures to biographies of world leaders and everything in between.

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