Thursday, December 22, 2005

The Old Gray Lady; will whoring for Bush be her downfall?

Dec. 22, 2005 | It should have been a glorious moment for the New York Times: After a tough year for the paper, one marred by scandal and several missed scoops, the Times on Friday published the biggest news story of the year, a blockbuster account of the Bush administration's program to eavesdrop on U.S. citizens without court approval. But the glory was short-lived. The Times' disclosure that it had agreed to delay publication for a year after the White House argued that the piece would endanger national security set critics on both the left and the right calling on the paper to explain itself.

Once again, it's (Judy) Miller time at the Times: The paper's leaders have clammed up, bloggers and reporters at other newspapers are investigating its actions, and its readers are adrift in the dark. And again, the paper's lack of transparency is causing people to question its relationship with Washington's elite. Has the Times learned nothing from its year of disaster?

The Times' leaders won't say a word about the wiretapping story -- written by James Risen and Eric Lichtblau -- especially about how they determined the timing of its publication. Meanwhile, as in the Miller case, competing outlets have set about uncovering key details about the internal workings of the paper. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Times initially planned to publish the story before the presidential election last year; that's when the White House intervened. The L.A. paper also said that editors at the New York Times decided to publish the story now only because they learned that Risen's book, "State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration," due out in January, would have included the news anyway. The New York Observer noted that Risen's book leave, earlier this year, might have been the cause of the paper's delay. And Newsweek's Jonathan Alter reported that the White House was so keen on killing the story that the President Bush invited Times' publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and executive editor Bill Keller to the Oval Office earlier this month to talk them out of it.

....and on and on it goes.

When will the Mainstream news media, including the print press, get it?

They are not the only kids on the block anymore. Americans are no longer totally dependent on the corporate media and press for their news.

In the ensuing year, this simple fact will become even more of a pain for politicians and media hacks wishing to create reality out of whole cloth and feed it, like so much poison pabulum, to the American people.

The corporate news media, no matter the form it takes, cannot afford to become irrelevant, because that will spell death or bankruptcy, which is basically the same thing.

We predict that the MSM, Cable and the printed press will never again have the power to persuade as they have had. The American public is no longer as credulous as they once were, and the number of Americans waking up to the bill of goods they have been sold is growing daily.

There is a new news media emerging and there is no stopping it now. Odd, that the corporate media has been the major institution which has, itself, flung wide the door, for alternative media to become more mainstream and for more alternative reporting to develop.

We are now in uncharted waters!

But uncharted waters are far better than quicksand.


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