150 Years Of Useless Journalists

“I am personally acquainted with hundreds of journalists, and the opinion of the majority of them would not be worth tuppence in private, but when they speak in print it is the newspaper that is talking (the pygmy scribe is not visible) and then their utterances shake the community like the thunders of prophecy.”
Mark Twain March 31, 1873
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6 Responses to 150 Years Of Useless Journalists

  1. Bob G says:

    I just got done watching the 10:00 news on channel 11 NBC Minneapolis. They had a segment on climate change and in the segment it was just assumed that the climate has gotten warmer and they’re claiming that the tree lines have changed because of this. I live in the outskirts of St Cloud Minnesota which is northwest of Minneapolis about an hour. Our local university has weather records that go back to the 1880s. If you compare the most recent 30 years to the years of 1900 to 1930 the temperature hasn’t changed at all, in fact it’s a tenth of a degree cooler, which really isn’t any change. I alerted the Star Tribune Minneapolis newspaper years ago of this fact and they never printed anything on it. Getting off subject a bit though the same Minneapolis paper trashed the new Elvis movie. In my opinion the new Elvis movie is epic with 94% rotten tomatoes score. It’s a garbage newspaper. And channel 11 NBC appears to be not much better. Now I’m starting to ramble but did you hear that Iowa had a record high corn crop last year? My conclusion is if the climate is changing apparently its changing for the better. 😁

  2. Luigi says:

    Well it’s not the opinion of the journalist that is important, but that of the one who pays them so if someone writes the truth, he risks to be dismissed.
    In most European countries press is financed by the governments, therefore it writes what governments want.
    In the USA there are private financers and therefore ….

  3. Gamecock says:

    Alfred Harmsworth (1865-1922), founder of the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror:

    “Journalism: a profession whose business it is to explain to others what it personally does not understand.”

  4. GWS says:

    True. It does not matter that one is correct, only what college one graduated from. Even their janitors have PHDs

  5. czechlist says:

    Anchorman Ron Burgandy is a good characterization of media talking heads. Put the scriot in front of them and they will read it verbatim without any consideration of its veracity. And the script is written in NYC and DC corporate newsrooms and sent out to be read nationwide as witnessed in so many composite videos.
    “Look at me! I’m pretty! I’m a token minority! I’m on TV! I’m a journalist!”
    And my yellow dog dim relatives eat up every bit of the pablum.
    and don’t get me started on the “weather forecasters” who get their forecasts from KC

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