WELCOME TO THE NEW WORLD OF JOURNALISM:
You’re reading this EDITORIAL because you’re curious. You want to know whatever it is that you can know.
To you . . . NEWS information isn’t about smoke and mirrors or entertainment . . . it’s all about KNOWLEDGE. It’s about understanding our world and the threats we face from all directions. And you want to know what the future might bring. I know this, because I’m no different than you.
I READ A LOT . . . I read at least SIX-Newspapers every day. I watch Television News, generally FOX News. AND I USE THE INTERNET FOR ALL THAT IT’S WORTH.
From time to time, when I’m on the road, I listen to some Talk-Radio, or more likely for a BRAIN-BREAK, I prefer to listen to the music of the FIFTIES and SIXTIES on Sirius/XM.
INTERNET . . . THE NEW INVESTIGATIVE MEDIA:
I GET A GREAT DEAL OF INFORMATION FROM YOU. I get no shortage of BS in my IN-BOX. But, I also get some very interesting stuff from interesting people (some are BLOGGERS) from all over the world.
And from time to time, when I write about things the MAINSTREAM Media INCLUDING FOX News hasn’t touched, it’s NOT because I’m a genius, but rather, it’s because a great many people are engaged, and are INTERNET MEDIA ACTIVE.
WHEN INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM WAS THE REAL THING:
In the OLD Days, which were just a few generations ago, before network Radio and Television, and massive PRINT conglomerates all fighting to survive, were competing for national and international audiences, coupled to massive ratings and tremendous wealth, there was a thing called MEDIA INTEGRITY.
In the OLD Days . . . JOURNALISTS didn’t get into the profession to get RICH; they did what they did because INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING was a CALLING. In FACT, most reporters struggled just to make a living, and existed on very little income. Their REWARD was in breaking the story and seeing THEIR TRUTH disseminated to the public.
JOURNALISM WAS ONCE ONE OF THE GREAT HONORABLE PROFESSIONS:
The time has long passed since those days, when MAINSTREAM Media INVESTIGATED the NEWS and REPORTED with INTEGRITY. But, the time is now upon us once more through the INTERNET, where HONORABLE JOURNALISM is making a serious comeback . . . BUT NOT IN A CONVENTIONAL WAY.
SOME OF WHAT APPALLS ME MOST ABOUT TODAY’S MEDIA:
1 – The Media . . . mostly because of SWEETHEART government deals and brainwashing from the Halls of ACADEMIA, have become politicized, using their MASSIVE influence to push the AGENDA of the LEFT.
2 – The Media has fallen to the depths of entertainment, rather than to the HEIGHTS of INTEGRITY, to which I also lump-in FOX News, even if FOX News is the ONLY major player in Television Mainstream Media, which slants Conservative.
Bill O’Reilly . . . FOX NEWS’ RESIDENT NARCISSIST:
O’Reilly used to HAMMER Bloggers, using DEMAGOGUERY as his favorite weapon. He would demean BLOGGERS as if we were all hanging around in the basement of our parents’ house, sitting in our underwear hacking away at a keyboard.
Which is exactly as I’ve heard him describe BLOGGERS. BUT NOT RECENTLY.
Not to disappoint anyone . . . But that does not describe ME – nor does it do justice to many other serous BLOGGERS who provide a fascinating alternative to the MAINSTREAM.
NO ONE LIKES TO BE PATRONIZED:
I’ve heard Megyn Kelly, also of FOX News, who’s ratings are now in the stratosphere, and a Broadcast Host who I happen to like, along with Greta Van Susteren, who also has a very impressive audience, and is another Broadcast Host who I happen to like . . . BOTH OF WHOM, used a DENIGRATING expression to describe BLOGGERS, which I REALLY DON’T LIKE.
What exactly does CITIZEN JOURNALIST mean? And if someone like me is a Citizen Journalist – THEN WHAT DOES THAT MAKE THEM?
I think that it makes them nervous that their PEDESTALS are less impressive as a WHOLE new BREED of JOURNALISTS is being born before their very eyes.
Here are several BIG DIFFERENCES between MAINSTREAM MEDIA Journalists and BLOGGERS like me.
1 – I don’t have to pander to anyone for audience.
2 – I don’t answer to bosses of any kind.
3 – I don’t answer to any network, any advertisers, any rating agencies, or any REGULATORY government body (FCC in the USA and CRTC in Canada).
4 – No one can cut my salary . . . which is already ZERO.
5 – AND I CANNOT BE FIRED.
Can anyone in the MAINSTREAM Media say the same?
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov