Journalism is Dead?

23 Jan

The ‘follow-up’ question is dead. That’s what I’ve noticed. At least since Sarah Palin was unleashed on us. I don’t know exactly what the problem. Do these ‘journalists’ run out of time? Do they just not catch the lie? Are they so uninformed, they don’t know what the actual truth is? Are they afraid to confront the Politician? Are these interviewers such ass-kissers they are afraid of confrontation? Maybe some of you so-called ‘journalists’ can answer these questions for me.

Rudy Giuliani: My first example, it’s an easy one, is George Stephanopoulos interviewing Rudy Giuliani on GMA. Rudy Giuliani, Mr. 9/11 himself, said, “There were no domestic terrorist attacks under Bush.” Now I will give Giuliani the benefit of the doubt. He’s a Conservative and he hates President Obama so much, that it skewers everything in his head. It was a mistake. Giuliani obviously meant to say there weren’t ‘any more’ terrorist attacks under Bush.  But did George correct him? NO!! Watch at the 3 min mark:

George! What was going through your head when you heard that? Does this mean interviewers are not paying attention to what people are saying? Seems that way. I know you apologized for it later, but it absolutely put a black mark on that particular interview with the Mayor.

Sen. Jon Kyl: This tool was interviewed by Al Hunt from Bloomberg TV and stated that the economy growth was due in part by the Republicans getting President Obama to sign the Bush Tax Cut extension. Yeah. He did say that. Even though that was passed IN DECEMBER, and the growth was for 2010. Not a ‘math’ guy? Are ya Mr. Kyl? What’s worse? Al Hunt. Really? You couldn’t have put THAT one together and say, “Whoa, whoa, wait a sec.” “How is THAT possible? How could the Republicans take credit for economic growth for 2010 with a bill that passed in December of 2010??” All 2:47 min of this video is worth watching.

No follow-up. No correction. Just let this guy go on his merry way. Even though a 2nd Grader would know it’s not possible for Republicans to take credit for that. Nicely done, Al Hunt. Whoever you are.

Fox News: And here lies the problem: STUPID AMERICANS! In my opinion, The new Republican party’s base are the absolute dumbest, laziest, racist, bigoted Americans they can find. Yeah, I said it. This can only explain how Republicans took over the majority in Congress this past Mid-term. They were voted in based on absolutely NO solutions, or alternative ideas given by the Republican party. None. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Obviously because of Fox News. OBVIOUSLY. I’m not saying that Fox News is dumb, lazy, racist, and bigoted. I am saying Americans who are dumb, lazy, racists, bigots  … do watch Fox News. And Holy Crap are they given the WRONG information. ON PURPOSE TOO!! Still this is my favorite video from Sean Hannity. Editing President Obama’s speech. Classic:

Now surely after this blatant attempt to LIE about the President, Hannity certainly can’t look in the mirror and call himself a ‘journalist’, right? But this is what I think goes down at Fox News: They don’t care. They feel they can edit all the video they want because their dumb, lazy viewers will NEVER question what they say. They will never watch President Obama’s speech and then see that Hannity is lying about it … and even when the truth is punching them in the face, these precious Americans don’t care. They just don’t care about the truth and about the facts.

Sarah Palin: Another prime example of a missed follow-up question. Well a few examples. And they all have to do with our favorite quitter, Sarah Palin. The whole Death Panel lie. That was lie of the year in 2009. Not one journalist asked her what I would have asked her, “You REALLY believe President Obama has assembled a ‘death panel,’ to which the elderly (your parents) and the mentally challenged (your son) are to stand in front of them, and actual people determine whether they live or die?” SERIOUSLY?? Why wasn’t this question asked 1,000 times??? Okay, this quitter doesn’t go on any other TV outlet besides Fox … which proves my point!! Journalism is DEAD at Fox News. (That’s redundant)

We don’t consider Mary Hart, from Entertainment Tonight, a journalist, right? She missed a golden opportunity with her fluff interview with Sarah Palin. When Palin martyred herself and said, “I will Run for President in 2012 if There’s Nobody Else To Do It.” BARF!! Mary … what’s wrong with you?? Next question would be: “Mrs. Palin, why don’t you tell me, in the history of this country, when the GOP didn’t have a candidate to run for President.” Simple enough. But I think Sarah Palin has SO many stipulations when she does an ‘interview.’ She submits her own questions to the interviewer. That HAS to be the case, because nobody challenges her. NOBODY.

Eric Cantor: Recently, this liar has been lying about Health Care Reform. The Republicans, including Cantor, have been calling it the ‘job-killing’ bill. Which is a LIE. But nobody challenges him on it. The dude is standing in front of so many reporters and they say nothing!!

Tom Delay: Tom Delay did an interview with Candy Crowley last year and boy, that was an embarrassment. And Candy Crowley did nothing to challenge Tom Delay on anything he was lying about. What’s wrong with this is that I think CNN sells Ms. Crowley as their legitimate news person. This interview was a love-fest. She was so smitten and didn’t do her job. No follow-ups. Here’s the video, I’ll let Cenk from The Young Turks do the dirty work.

Shame on you Candy. He says, “It’s true, unemployed people choose to be unemployed” and you move right along. Ugh.

Dumb Americans: READ THIS, please. The Republicans are lying to you about Health Care Reform being a ‘job-killer.’ They are referring to the fact that this bill will allow more people to retire early. Meaning that yes, they will leave the work force, but that is NOT job-killing! PLEASE start doing your own research. Truth is always the truth. Facts are always the facts. And your party has been so dishonest since President Obama became President. And for some reason, y’all are buying into it. Why? Is it because Obama is black? (My guess) You at least HAVE to acknowledge a lie. Sean Hannity DID manipulate that speech from the President. Eric Cantor IS lying about HCR being a ‘job-killer.’ Those are the FACTS. But does that mean anything to you?

Journalists: And boy do I use that term loosely. What’s going on? Why are all of you so afraid to ask follow-up questions? Why are you all so afraid to confront a politician when he/she is lying? It seems to me that Journalistic integrity is obsolete. You guys basically do fluff pieces. Why? To make sure those liars come back on your show? How is that suppose to inform the American people with correct knowledge? I wish more Americans would hold journalists accountable for their failures. It would be for the betterment of this country.


Posted by on January 23, 2011 in Politics


10 responses to “Journalism is Dead?

  1. historygoddess

    January 24, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Nice job. Like you, I can get irritated when a person lies during an interview, but I get FURIOUS when journalists don’t ask follow ups.

    I send e-mails to those journalists, but I am working now also on positive feedback. David Gregory just got an atta boy from me for his sticking with Eric Cantor’s dodging. If you ever watch Meet the Press, you know that Gregory often just rolls over for the GOP liars. I want him to know that tough questioning is what we expect.

    Thanks for writing this. I am GrandmaWat on twitter.

  2. Perry MacNeil

    January 24, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Well, Girl, you may not call Fox News dumb, lazy, racist, and bigoted, but I have n problem calling it that. I think people will look around for what to be told if they don’t have an interest or knowledge of a subject. And Faux does just that. They give these folks who, for whatever reason, are not informed, pre-formulated opinions and tells them they aren’t patriotic if they don’t spout the party line.

    What has happened with the mainstream media truly has been the dumbing-down of the interview. Rachel and Keith (and Lawrence, to some extent) ask the tough questions and they are accused of being aggressive and uncivil. I’m grateful for their efforts. But the GOP seem to stay as far away from Rachel and Keith as possible.

    Civil discourse and debate are lost arts in our society. These Rethugs all have their talking points and won’t talk to anyone who questions their view. Follow-up? There are politicians like Angle who won’t even take an interview from anyone but Faux or answer a question when confronted by a mainstream journalist. That’s, as you so aptly stated, the beginning of the end of journalism as we know it. The death of the Fourth Estate – and we are witness to it.

    Nice post, and great examples. Keep up the good work!

  3. KatieAnnieOakley

    January 24, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I think the current air has been polluted by the likes of Palin; if the interviewers upset the delicate GOP members, there may be none left to interview in the future. They seem to be taking a page from la Palin and starting to communicate with who they want, when they want. Sanitized interviewers, with pre-screened questions. With parameters like that, how can an interview not be slanted to the candidates favor?

    Mike Huckabee has already stated that he is not going to partake in any early candidate debates. It’s not hard to see that Palin has had an impact on the media process. Why the American public puts up with the new media manipulation is beyond me…

  4. CGirl22

    January 24, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Excellent job, enjoyed reading your post. Look forward to many more!

  5. lisalways

    January 24, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Well said! I often wonder much of the same. Not sure if it’s the journalists, or the executive Producers that make the rules or break them in many cases. Keep up the great job. Excellent!

  6. karav

    January 25, 2011 at 12:44 am

    This is excellent, Kathryn. The answer to your question is “yes”.

  7. Matt Osborne

    January 25, 2011 at 1:12 am

    It isn’t journalism, it’s stenography.

  8. Metikulous

    January 28, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Excellent post! I seriously don’t believe the American people are astute enough to understand how the game of democracy is played (on them). The GOP hold themselves out to be the authority party whether they are in power or not. They represent the Constitution, Christianity, conservatism, capitalism, fiscal responsibility, are on the “correct” side of all the moral issues like anti-abortion and anti-gay rights, anti-immigration, pro gun ownership, world peace, you name it. When the average voter thinks of these issues, they think of the GOP. The role of the news media is to reinforce this image. It doesn’t matter WHAT a particular republican says, it carries more weight than a democrat… How else do you account for the American people always returning these liars to office?


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