Friday, June 09, 2006

Star-News: Easy to Mock

Surely it's no news-flash that many bloggers have an inflated sense of the worth of blogging compared to the much-reviled mainstream media (especially since ultimately most of their commentary derives from news reported by the so-called MSM*), but it's worth acknowledging when somebody in that mainstream media has such a remarkable display of "not getting it" disease as the Pasadena Star-News's Robert Rector:

they call them citizen journalists. Which is like being a citizen thoracic surgeon.
I had no idea journalism school was so rigorous! After explaining that Mark Cuban can't possibly have anything to say because he's rich, Rector then goes on to explain that in "real" journalism, "unbiased, balanced and thorough reporting and an ability to write is a requirement," unlike the "unsubstantiated drivel that we call blogs." Golly, thanks Bob.

I guess Rector felt especially proud of the journalistic profession today because the lead story on the front page of the Star-News was actually a real news story, albeit one I found out about online shortly before going to bed two nights ago, instead of a photo of dogs playing in the park or a story about people brave enough to go outside during a light rain shower.

*"MSM" is also an abbreviation for "Men who have sex with men," a euphemism for gay men used by the medical profession since some MSM don't identify as gay.

3 Comments:

At Friday, June 9, 2006 at 4:21:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Mike said...

Awesome. I'd like to point out that the title is a tribute to an old California Tech headline about a theft at the Star-News: "Star-News easy to rob, mock.

Good to see that at least the latter is still true.

 
At Friday, June 9, 2006 at 5:57:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Mike said...

P.S. The average surgery is much more complicated than writing the average news piece. Yet if surgeons were as accurate as reporters, nobody would ever get operated on--it would mean certain death.

 
At Friday, June 9, 2006 at 6:51:00 PM PDT, Blogger Adam Villani said...

I should note that the "real" news story they led with today came off the AP wire.

And of course, if the Star-News wasn't reporting on local events, nobody would be. But seriously, this Robert Rector dude has a WAY inflated view of his importance.

 

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