Brian Williams, so-called journalist

I just laughed tonight. The network news shows are so not even trying to be journalists anymore that it’s not worth wasting the outrage. On the NBC news a few minutes ago, in the story about Obama today saying he wanted to let the tax cuts expire for incomes over $250,000, Brian Williams introduced the story by talking about the “so-called Bush era tax cuts.” So-called. Good one, Brian. What on earth does that mean? I’m sure by the end of the show we’ll get a story about the “so-called” theory that the earth orbits the sun. You see Brian, now listen closely, there is nothing “so-called” about the Bush era tax cuts. It’s just what they actually are, enacted by George Bush early in his first term. So-called would indicate that they aren’t really Bush era tax cuts, and what could you possibly mean by that, unless, as you seem to do every night now, you want to call into question each and every factual statement made by President Obama. It’s not even clear what your agenda or intent is in calling them the “so-called Bush era tax cuts.” Unless you’re just being lazy, and journalism, as practiced by the networks, really is dead in America.
Jim, you are right, it is all a circus. God forbid we could ever have an election based on you know, reality. Maybe I’ll try the other networks again. Last time I did NBC was the most palatable, the least offensive. But lately more and more they are simply beyond the pale. Of course, the only reason to watch any of the network news shows is to see the spin; what are they calling “so-called” tonight? Tune in and see. You certainly would not watch them to become informed. And the only reason I watch at all rather than simply ignoring them–the correct response–is that more people in the country still get their main national news from the network news shows than from any other source (though that is changing; their lead is slipping and their demographic rapidly aging).
The more I write, I think I may stop watching the networks for awhile, try to calm down and get some sanity. I’ll continue to get my news from the BBC, Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now, and mostly, as always, the actual written word.


About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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