Journalism in America

 

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

 

The deplorable state of the print media both here in Australia and in America has little to do with the technical revolution and the expansion of internet information. The Internet is simply filing the gap, or perhaps I should say abyss, created by a lack of integrity, mediocre education, messiah complex, group-think and the Marxist malice of the official journalists. I also suspect the main stream journalists are grossly overpaid; something which always attracts charlatans.

 

 Mark Steyn does not have a high opinion of his colleagues either:

In my post below on  The New York Times’ sale of The Boston Globe, I quoted The Washington Post’s headline:

Red Sox owner John Henry enters into $70M agreement to buy The Boston Globe, once worth $1.1B

In fact, the sale also includes The Worcester Telegram & Gazette, for which the Times paid an additional $295 million 14 years ago. So a headline reflective of the real arithmetic would read:

Red Sox owner John Henry enters into $70M agreement to buy The Boston Globe and Worcester Telegram, once worth $1.4B

So the Times sold its Massachusetts properties for about five per cent of what it paid for them. You gotta love the “newspaper of record”’s reporting of their Telegram purchase in 1999:

But the Worcester acquisition was still a strong reminder of the prices newspapers can command these days.

The Worcester price is just reflective of the very strong state of the newspaper marketplace,” said Owen Van Essen, the president of the newspaper brokerage firm of Dirks, Van Essen. He also said that newspapers the size of The Telegram & Gazette that dominate their markets — the newspaper reaches 43 percent of the homes in Worcester County — do not come on the market often.

Less than a decade and a half later, a supposedly “dominant” paper is worth nothing. This analyst suggests Mr Henry bought the company’s real estate at market value, and got a couple of newspapers thrown in for free.

What’s happening to US papers is not what’s happening in London or Sydney. The boring J-school homogeneity of America’s monodailies has rendered them literally worthless. You might think this would occasion a certain circumspection even in so self-regarding an industry as the American press. But it hasn’t. The suckers are still lining up to be expensively credentialed for a business that no longer exists. Columbia Journalism School charges 85 grand a year. For that money, you’ll soon be able to own your own newspaper.”

 

 

 

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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