"Dumbed down news drives down newspaper circulation
By Jerry Mazza
Online Journal Associate Editor
May 1, 2009
The New York Time's, whose theme line for years was “All the news that’s fit to print,” is at the heart of its circulation loss. I read the Times online every day. And though the span of news coverage is impressive, somebody has more often than not decided what was really true about an article that was “not fit to print.” So it was Georgia that was invaded by Russia, not Russia retaliating for Georgia attacking East Ossetia, which was under Russia’s protection, while East Ossetia was experimenting with free statehood. And behind Georgia was the CIA and Israel stirring up trouble and arming it to further Balkanize the region to gain a toehold on oil and natural gas.
Nevertheless, Online Journal, The Wayne Madsen Report, Prison Planet and dozens of other worthy Internet outlets told the whole story, not what was “fit to print” for the establishment. What’s “fit to print” is the truth for its own inestimable value.
What’s more, the Internet inhales and blesses even non-journalist writers, organizations, causes, all of which seem to have a deeper understanding of politics, economics, life, death, and the New World Order than your average newspaper. The Internet provides its writers as well with a chance to tell the truth about what they feel without the ordinary time, space and editorial (censorial) constraints. The closest TV comes to the Internet is cable’s MSNBC, Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow. Bill Maher is still a standup comedian who won’t touch 9/11 and thinks saying “mother fucker” twelve times a show is how to talk truth to power. Not....--MORE--"
On the Times, I'm glad to say I'm a non-reader since January 1, 2008 -- a New Year's resolution that has stuck!
As for Olbermann, Maddow, and Maher, I don't watch.