Take For Granted

Friday, October 30, 2009

Transcript

A recent report from the Columbia School of Journalism included a half dozen ideas for how to salvage the Fourth Estate. One in particular – that local news outlets be allowed to apply for government-funded grants – prompted many skeptical responses. Leonard Downie, former executive editor of The Washington Post and co-author of the report, reacts to the reaction.

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MediaMentions

Like this article, http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/showlink.aspx?bookmarkid=9K9JNSWPDAQ7&preview=article&linkid=e70cade8-12a1-42da-b370-6acac224514f&pdaffid=ZVFwBG5jk4Kvl9OaBJc5%2bg%3d%3d, it has been more opinion than fact for the past while now.

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Nov. 07 2009 07:04 PM
Richard Paddock from NC

You're kidding, right? Worried about the horrors of non-profit/government media, and not about business/corporate media?

Fox is only the most egregious example in the cable world.

Nov. 04 2009 04:01 PM
Robert Saffer from Brooklyn, New York

I was very disapointed to hear Bob spout the 'Fox-MSNBC equivalency' meme. There is just no way.
Fox is clearly a political operation. The news shows feed off the opinion shows. They propel their own political movements (birthers/tea parties/madrassas/etc)
Yes, MSNBC has some left of center opinion shows; it also has "Morning Joe"; and I don't see their News shows
following a political agenda and certainly not using propaganda to pursue one.
Fox fights dirty, and not just in the media. As you (Bob) are well aware they unfairly attack critics (we've seen distorted reporting and re-touched photographs);Bill O'Reilly's staff selectively stalks and harasses his critics. There is an implied threat in these actions that amounts to phsycial intimidation, pure and simple.
It does take a good deal of courage for someone in the mainstream media to stand up to Fox; they can be certain of disproportionate retaliation.

Nov. 02 2009 12:50 AM
Josh Levine from

If there is a deficit of legit reporters then the markets won't have the necessary info to run with any transparency at all. Personally I say save the jawboning and have at least some journalism *overtly* supported -- and yes, even administered -- by the government itself. At least then there would be some accountability and reliability -- plus, a primary fixation of conspiracy bloggers would be removed altogether. (Yes, the government does run the media!) This is how it mostly works in China, Vietnam, Russia, etc., and news performs many useful functions efficiently and with abundance. Bloggers and other clever and rich devils can fill in the blanks.

Nov. 01 2009 11:01 PM
Good Riddance from Chicago

I was upset that you equated Fox News with MSNBC. Unlike MSNBC, Fox News does not promote protests, nor does it give credence to stories such as the former president's lying and the other partisan nonsense--for just a couple of examples. And Sheppard Smith is hardly a conservative. As far a I can tell, Beck and O'Reilly are factual in their broadcasts, though they certainly are conservative. And they are a very small part of the broadcast day. I am particularly disappointed that a program that critiques the media would promote this faulty equivalence. Blah, blah, blah.

Nov. 01 2009 10:17 PM
Jesse Monroy from Redwood City, California

Tell Leonard to Get a real job, and quit hiding out with the pinheads. News needs real reform, not mother nanny.

Nov. 01 2009 05:31 PM
Alice M. Pierce from Massachusetts

I was upset that you equated MSNBC with Fox News. Unlike Fox, MSNBC does not promote protests, nor does it give credence to stories such as the "death panels" and the "birther" nonsense--for just a couple of examples. And Joe Scarborough is hardly a liberal. As far a I can tell, Maddow and Olbermann are factual in their broadcasts, though they certainly are liberal. And they are a very small part of the broadcast day. I am particularly disappointed that a program that critiques the media would promote this faulty equivalence.

Nov. 01 2009 02:41 PM
Angel

That Radio Moscow comment was hilarious.

Nov. 01 2009 10:30 AM
Judy H. from NJ

This story does not play - what's the problem?

Oct. 31 2009 01:29 PM
jerry davis from Branson, Mo

Let them fail, If enough people do not want to read them then why should we subsidize them. That's why the Edsel failed, Rambler failed, Studebaker failed, ad finitum, silk stockings, burma shave, . When their news is so biased and no investigative reporting is done why should we be forced to read the opinion pages. Let's see if Charlie Rangle, Timothy, Chris Dodd etc have to pay their taxes without any penalties. Where's the reporting?
J. Davis

Oct. 30 2009 05:12 PM

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