Send in the newsclowns
Vin Crosbie criticises mainstream media's attempts to deal with the online world.
Simply reporting who, what, when, why, and how; quoting both sides' statements; and expecting the public to decide the issues from such factoids is no longer effectively satisfying the unambiguous needs of viewers, readers, and listeners.So what is journalism supposed to do Vin, abandon objectivity altogether? That way lies Fox News. I don't see an alternative to objectivity being postulated in your piece. Philip K. Dick was writing about "newsclowns" as far back as the 60s, and so far objective journalism has not died. O'Reilly and Stewart fit the definition of newsclowns, but they only exist as parasites on the backs of actual journalists - without objective journalism to feed off, they would have no material. If anything, the old journalism practicioners are in the best position to produce newsclowns to parasite off their own material - imagine thousands of Rooneyites who learn to blog about the news (pointing to their employers' stories only) to provide a more palatable entry point for different demographics. All it takes is one outlet to cotton on and the rest will follow.