Failing mass Media

I’m afraid my blogging absence is going to be prolonged: I have a jungle valley in SE Asia to explore, and I doubt there will be a phone connection, let alone internet !

In passing, here is a recent article I absolutely agree with about the collapsing standards of mass media, and it’s role with the public:


Indeed, until the big media barons get their act sorted out, gleaning the internet while taking everything with a pinch of salt seems to be the best way of understanding the news.

See you all soon !


2 Responses to “Failing mass Media”

  1. 1 leo.s
    July 13, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    TIMES OF TERROR – Notebooks of a Foreign Correspondent
    A Journalist’s Journeys in
    History, Politics & His Profession

    Author: Uli Schmetzer

    From interviewing celebrities such as Bob Dylan, Louis Armstrong and Marlene Dietrich as a young tabloid journalist, to uncovering war crimes during Pinochet’s coup in Chile as a Reuters correspondent, from hobnobbing with Fidel Castro as the only foreign correspondent in the early days of Cuba’s revolution, to parachuting into the Middle East when the first Intifada broke out, the bombing of Tripoli or reporting the Tiananmen Square bloodletting Uli Schmetzer has seen and covered it all. Times of Terror: Notebooks of a Foreign Correspondent, a Journalist’s Journeys in History, Politics, and His Profession is Schmetzer’s edge-of-the-seat, tell-all memoir of an astonishing career as one of the most experienced and celebrated foreign correspondents.
    Times of Terror follows an arc of disillusion with the world of tabloid journalism, to the highest idealism, risking his life and limb to get the story out on torture and massacre in Third World countries, back to disillusion with the hopes and promises of the journalistic trade, caught up in a Kafkaesque public spectacle around a quote he doctored to protect his source, a public sacrifice to journalistic integrity against a backdrop of the very same papers lying a nation into war.
    During his long career, Schmetzer pursued hard-hitting stories without fear or favor. Yet, ultimately, he began to lose faith in his profession, as he saw how difficult it was to get these hard-hitting stories into print, particularly if they questioned government lines. In a stunning and frank Epilogue of his book Schmetzer expresses the depth of his disillusion with the trade AS it marched lockstep with George W. Bush into his war in Iraq.
    Times of Terror – Notebooks of a Foreign Correspondent will not only appeal to history buffs—offering as it does a front-seat ride at some of the greatest historical events of the latter half of the twentieth century—but also to all those who want an honest, no-holds-barred, unsentimental look into the way the journalistic trade actually operates, and how the news really gets made.

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