I'm so angry with the state of so-called "Journalism" here in the States. When did the National Enquirer take over every news bureau in this country?
The San Fransisco Chronicle "BREAKS" a story saying that Barry Bonds is participating in the Home Run Derby because he's being paid by Major League Baseball. The next day, everyone involved with the Home Run Derby states that it's false.
We have ESPN proclamating that (as an example) Ron Artest has had a major spat with Larry Bird, and that now Ron is going to be traded. It's only a matter of time.
We have ESPN "reporting" that the Pacers are attempting to move up in the draft because of Larry Bird's love of Luke Jackson's game. Larry wasn't interested in Jackson, he wanted Gordon.
Every Sports network in America had McGrady "confirmed" as going to a different team every day.
Every Sports network had Shaq on his way to Dallas. He is (probably) ending up in Miami.
I can't count on my toes and my fingers how many times I've seen mis reported "news" stories. How many times was Bush and Gore announced the winner on election night?
The state of so-called journalism in this country is a JOKE. Whatever happened to getting the story right? Whatever happened to getting several sources before breaking the story? I'd much rather read a story later with completely factual information than read a "breaking" news story that is filled with errors.
I have worked in Television "Journalism" as a news photog. Let me tell you, half of the time the reporter had the story written before interviewing anyone involved. I've seen reporters ask questions on camera for 45 minutes in order to get the ONE sound byte that reinforces the reporters story, disregarding all information that does not support it.
I've seen reporters intentially ask questions to cause emotional outbursts because tears = Ratings.
I've heard "News" Producers telling their reporters to come back with a "slant" to their stories. (In other words, the "News" Producer wants the reporter to influence the audience into siding with the reporter's beliefs.) For an op/ed piece that's fine, but for a news story, that's unethical.
I'm sorry for the rant, but I had to get all of that off of my chest.
Thanks for reading.
C. Neil Milton