Why journalism is a risky business today

Bill Bisson, commenter at WSJ: “In the last 20 hours I have learned more about ‘Prince’ than I knew about Barack Obama prior to his being elected President in 2008. The media has its priorities reversed.”

Then there was the “journalist” who recently told me he was hiding details of a major news story because they might offend some reader/viewers. And I’m not talking about Prince. Similar to how details of Obama’s life were/are suppressed, apparently because of his race.

The news media has never been pure. It’s always been a dicey business and business it has always been. But these days it seems even more inclined than before to take the easy way than the hard one. And that might be why the paper part is in persistently serious financial decline and both it and the electronic version are increasingly devoted to non-controversy.

Via WSJ

4 responses to “Why journalism is a risky business today

  1. “Journalism” is a risky business today because wages are dropping, circulation of papers is declining, and amateur journalists and amateur journalism are burgeoning.

    It’ll still be around, just not very many will be able to make a living doing it, and those who do will be severely constrained on what they write/say by the SJWs and minorities.

  2. That financial conclusion is true of newspapers but it is not true of television news. Financially it is still a good bet for its practitioners. And they make rather more than the paper ones do. It’s only the content that sucks, unless you like celebrity news to the exclusion of almost every other subject.

  3. The problem with what jdallen (correctly) describes is that the further we go the less fact checking is being done. Not that all newspapers were all that dedicated to fact checking, but now it has really become one huge garbage bin, as Sagan (I think) warned about Internet a long time ago.

  4. Fact-checking has never been the point of the exercise. Journalists are in business to entertain and make money. And, as they often say among themselves, “Never let the facts stand in the way of a good story.”