Journalist, Reporter or Stenographer?

An all too common discussion (maybe diatribe is a better word) I hear is that the problem with news media is it’s biased. Many people act as if partisan subjectivity is a recent phenomenon. To those I’d suggest reading “The Twilight of Objectivity” by Michael Kinsley for some historical context.

“Times Building”

The next time you read or watch the news ask yourself who wrote it, a journalist, a reporter, or a stenographer? The problem arises when a person doing one of those jobs thinks, or tries to convince others, he/she is doing one of the other jobs. The current state of media isn’t due to bias as much as it is too many people trying to be something they aren’t.



You smile words that are 
Boorish, ostentatious, and whimsical
To explain it all away.

Your desire to sanitize through language
Is ineffectual and unmanageable.
I see through your malefic designs.

Words do not make one saintly.
The beatific are incorporeal.


from Firsts and Lasts

On Journalism & Writing

“The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason.”

-Hunter S. Thompson-

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