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Forum Post: Robert Fisk: We Might As Well Name Our Newspapers 'Officials Say'

Posted 1 year ago on May 7, 2013, 11:11 p.m. EST by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puioIJJsQWA Published on May 7, 2013 Watch the full 20-minute interview with Robert Fisk on Democracy Now! at http://owl.li/kN9jD. Longtime Middle East correspondent of the British newspaper The Independent, Robert Fisk, tells Democracy Now! that journalists covering Syria and other conflicts are too often relying on anonymous government sources for their stories.

ROBERT FISK: Oddly enough, you have to be in Syria to realize how mad it is. There's an odd thing that when you actually are traveling around Syria — Latakia, Tartus, Damascus and further north than Latakia — and you listen to the news coming out of Washington, it's like Americans are living in this kind of fantasy world that bears no relation to planet earth, where I'm trying to report. And this is getting steadily worse.

And I think one of the problems is, as I say, this parasitic, osmotic relationship between journalists and power, our ever-growing ability, our wish, to — you know, to rely on these utterly bankrupt comments from various unnamed, anonymous intelligence sources. And I'm just looking at a copy of the Toronto Globe and Mail, February 1st, 2013. It's a story about al-Qaeda in Algeria. And what is the sourcing? "U.S. intelligence officials said, "a senior U.S. intelligence official said," "U.S. officials said," "the intelligence official said," "Algerian officials say," "national security sources considered," "European security sources said," "the U.S. official said," "the officials acknowledged." I went—boy, I've got another even worse example here from The Boston Globe and Mail sic, November 2nd, 2012. But, you know, we might as well name our newspapers "Officials Say." This is the cancer at the bottom of modern journalism, that we do not challenge power anymore. Why are Americans tolerating these garbage stories with no real sourcing except for very dodgy characters indeed, who won't give their names?

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[-] 2 points by Builder (4202) 1 year ago

I was commenting on something the other day, and I called reporters "repeaters", simply because that's all they do these days.

There is phukk-all investigative journalism, and an overkill of infotainment.

People need to vote with their feet (and remotes) and stop watching that phukking rubbish.

[-] 2 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 1 year ago

i keep telling this to my relatives but they won't sit down at the computer and watch democracy now.

[-] 2 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

It airs here daily at noon. Might be on your local college radio that you can point them to.

[-] 1 points by elf3 (2240) 1 year ago

"But, you know, we might as well name our newspapers "Officials Say." This is the cancer at the bottom of modern journalism, that we do not challenge power anymore. Why are Americans tolerating these garbage stories with no real sourcing except for very dodgy characters indeed, who won't give their names?" Brilliantly stated

  • Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How... seems journalism 101 has been replaced with a Corporate Memo
[-] -2 points by Narley (525) 1 year ago

I agree the MSM slants stories and normally just gives opinion and speculation. However, it seems to me most MSM agencies are liberal leaning. Not including Fox of course.

[-] 1 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 1 year ago

well you are an idiot.

[-] 0 points by eterna (-93) from Montauk, NY 1 year ago

the msm prints adminstration agenda, they do not report the news.