Memo to NBC: What the hell is wrong with you?
I’m tired. Truly. I’ve grown weary of trying to defend the indefensible and explain the inexplicable. For years, people have stomped their feet and pounded their fists and snorted “Liberal media bias!” and I’ve always tut-tutted and shooshed them and said, “No, no. Calm down. They meant well. It was just a misunderstanding. A mistake. These things happen.” I spent over 25 years working in the oft-reviled Mainstream Media and I saw up close and personal how the sausage was made. I knew the people who wielded the knives and wore the aprons, and could vouch (most of the time, anyway) for their good intentions.
Forget it. I’m done. You deserve what they’re saying about you. It’s earned. You have worked long and hard to merit the suspicion, acrimony, mistrust and revulsion that the media-buying public increasingly heaps upon you. You have successfully eroded any confidence, dispelled any trust, and driven your audience into the arms of the Internet and the blogosphere, where biases are affirmed and like-minded people can tell each other what they hold to be true, since nobody believes in objective reality any more.
OK, put aside for a moment the fact that this sideways slam of the blogosphere comes from… a blogger. This is sweet indeed. Of course, the same fire can be directed at CBS, ABC, and NPR, but the past few years seem to have seen NBC slipping faster and faster down a slope of amateurishness. It’s not that they’re less biased than those other new organizations, but they don’t seem as interested in - or competent at (maybe both) - executing it with any nuance or skill.
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