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Posted on 07/27/2011 5:30:44 PM PDT by Kaslin
Free Press: The president of Columbia University, home of the nation's most prestigious journalism school, has an idea to counter the decline of the mainstream press: more state-controlled media. We aren't making this up.
In a 3,811-word screed published in this month's Columbia Journalism Review, Lee Bollinger proposes that the U.S. fund an "American World Service." This would ostensibly be modeled on news agencies such as the BBC World Service and, we kid you not, Xinhua News Service and Al-Jazeera.
Why? Because they're all state-controlled media with a global reach, which he sees as the wave of the future. "Global media outlets are proliferating," he says. So America has to get one, too.
It's the only way, Bollinger believes, to "realize the enormous potential of globalization" and "channel it, regulate it and encourage it in the right way."
More to the point, it's needed because newspapers are no longer competitive as a medium and Fox News is giving CNN real competition.
"The loss of domestic audience share to more explicitly ideological competitors on the right and left have caused CNN's international news coverage to become more reactive and less committed to sustained in-depth reporting," Bollinger says.
This has left American journalism up a creek. "Here in the U.S.," in Bollinger's opinion, "we do not really have the capacity for high-quality, professional journalism on a global scale."
That's quite an admission coming from the ultimate boss of Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism and administrator of the Pulitzer Prize. But Bollinger's real beef is with capitalism and citizen choices.
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Of course, competition is so plebian.
>>>more state-controlled media
I suggest Lee move to one of those areas instead
Isn’t Al-Jazeera a good enough for quality news coverage? Why do we need another one?
A Free Press is so passe
Wanting the liberal view of private enterprise just look up the wiki page for “privatization”. It will amaze you.
Today’s “journalism” bears no resemblance to the journalism I was trained in during the forties! Who what where and when and sometimes why. Just the facts, folks, just the facts. No editorializing in a news item! The msm news we get now is misleading, untruthful and outright political propaganda!
After reading this line I began looking for the keyword 'satire' and a John Semmens byline .. alas it wasn't to be :(
The Internet is one of the greatest truly democratic innovations for free flow of information yet devised by mankind .. and this guy wants to quash it!
-- "There's too much freedom in this band, it STOPS RIGHT NOW!"
(Buddy Rich from "The Bus Tapes")
Back when I studied journalism, we would call most of today’s news “Yellow Journalism”...
Today’s news is not new. It is as old as Communism or the Third Reich..
Not at all up to other mentally deranged Nazi-lite Leftwingtard "crossover" polemicists.
I expect more than that out of top drawer BS artists from Columbia university.
I always love it when media types, journalists and others who live in the world of Free Speech and Free Press come out against those things.
Hey, I’ve got an idea! Obama could get Congress to pass a law that forces every American to buy a newspaper! Sort of like Obamacare, but you get a newspaper instead of medical care.
In Pravda there is no truth, and in Izvestia there is no news.
Welcome to the USSA.
See my tagline. I think it is appropriate for this genius.
And Lee F****** Bollinger and his Little Red Schoolhouse are the reason why!
You will remember (for the benefit of young FReepers who missed it) that in 1972, 49 States gave their electoral votes to Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th President of the United States. The media crowd voted 9:1 for his opponent, a hack senator from South Dakota who had once attended the rump "Democratic" convention that nominated Henry Wallace, Stalin's man, for the presidency.
Rebuffed, rebuked, and generally splattered by the public, the Pink Media rolled up their sleeves and "got" Nixon in an epic press scandal that took down Nixon for doing the exact same things that had never raised an eyebrow in the 40 years that Franklin Roosevelt, J. Edgar Hoover, and Lyndon Baines "Landslide Lyndon" Johnson had done them.
The People voted for Nixon, so Bollinger's colleagues went out and got even by "getting" Nixon. That'll teach the herd to disrespect vanguard leadership!
When we tell you to vote for McGovern/Carter/Clinton/Obama, you damn well do as you're told!
Yeah, Orwell saw these guys coming. That's why he went mad, and died.
Excellent post, except that I know of know information to suggest that George Orwell (Eric Blair) went at all “mad” and in fact he died of tuberculosis. Accounts I have read never suggested he was anything but lucid and rational toward the end of his life (well as rational as someone who is still a longtime socialist can be).
Orwell still considered himself a “man of the left” to the end, but he had long been disgusted with the dishonesty and depravity of so many others of various leftist persuasions.
oops, that is “NO information” of course
funny little brain fart there
Whittaker Chambers (”Witness”) and Arthur Koestler (”Darkness at Noon”) both had periods of serious despair and depression. I’m pretty certain neither of them could fairly be described as “going mad” either, so far as I’ve ever read, but both do describe feeling at times that their sanity and equilibrium was seriously shaken by the onslaughts of the totalitarian left at mid-century. Both were seriously abused by propagandists of the left, Chambers especially.
And of course the all of the sheer horrors and depravities they knew about meant that their minds were heavy with despair at times.
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