The inevitable future of journalism

Does this make you uneasy?

Sharp-eyed readers might have noticed something truly unusual in Gannett’s New Jersey newspapers. A new byline started appearing this month on articles about the New Jersey Devils hockey team, with a note under each piece stating that the author, Eric Marin, is employed by the Devils, not Gannett.

Newspapers struggling to plug the gaps in their newsrooms have been turning to outside organizations to supply articles, raising questions about their ability to vouch for the material they print. At the same time, professional sports teams, trying to make up for declining news coverage, have been hiring journalists for their Web sites.

Yeah sure, it’s only sports. But sports coverage and political coverage have so much in common, both in the character of the coverage and its gradual decline, so… well… it’s only a matter of time. Mark my words: candidates will start covering their own campaigns, and it will end up influencing coverage in the broader, legacy press.

And when that time comes, these professional editors — many of whom routinely dis the kinda activist journalism produced by openly biased bloggers like me — how will they justify this new business model?

“As long as it served our readers and we told them where that content was coming from, the readers were fine with it,” said Hollis Towns, executive editor of The Asbury Park Press, the largest of the state’s six Gannett papers. “I think journalists get hung up on certain lines of what’s ethical more than the readers.”

Welcome to my brave new world.

Comments

  1. 1

    I-Burn spews:

    Aside from the Devils sucking anyway, there is an advantage to this arrangement – that being that you know their “bias” upfront. There won’t be any pretense of objectivity and in that sense, I don’t see a problem with it.

  2. 2

    Heisenberg spews:

    re 1: Spoken like a true Faux News viewer. So, if you don’t see the problem, it doesn’t exist?

    There’s Chicken Little and Chicken Stoopid. I’ll let you guess which one you are.

  3. 7

    Puddybud sez, Ask the arschloch for his home HA database spews:

    “I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration, somehow you’re not patriotic, and we should stand up and say, ‘We are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.'”

    Somehow the inevitable future of journalism forgot who said this. Was it a tea party member? No, that was Hillary Clinton in Connecticut 2003.

    We see how progressives react to WTO meetings. That’s excusable to the inevitable future of journalism!

  4. 9

    rhp6033 spews:

    # 1: I also wouldn’t have a problem with a newspaper printing articles written by an author paid by the team, but I would input two caveats rather than just one: (1) as long as the relationship of the writer to the team was fully and meaninfully disclosed; and (2) there was another reporter on staff who could also cover the team (even if not full-time), who was then available to write the stories the team’s owners might not want to see printed.

    There was another story several months back coming out of California about a similar situation with respect to the hockey teams out there.

    As for this trend carrying forward into political coverage: we are already 90% there. As news staffs have been cut back, and editors want to maintain at least an appearance of impartiality, news releases and sound bites have replaced journalistic vetting of sources and fact-checking. At best we get an almost verbatum re-print of a press release, or a rendition of the speaches given at a news conference, with a footnote about the other side disagreeing, and no parsing of the facts.

    This has played into the hands of the policians who discovered that as long as they keep throwing out lies faster than they can be proven wrong, the lies never really catch up to them in the news cycle. First it’s the lie (made-up statistic, statement made without foundation, etc.), then the statement that “it’s already been proven” or “it’s already been established”, and finally “it’s incontrovertable” or “a fact we can all agree upon” – all within a few days. By the time the rebuttals of the original statements come out, the news media has already moved on to other stories, and the lies which made page one on Monday are followed up with Saturday’s disclaimer, appearing on page 13. (Note to the uninformed: Saturday’s paper is the least-read newspaper of the week).

  5. 10

    correctnotright spews:

    @7: Clinton was right then and she is right now.

    Go ahead and debate the Obama adminstration with the tea partier fools…oops, they really don’t have any points. The te party fools want to “take back” the country – but they forgot that they lost the election by the largest popular vote margin in history. They are mostly racist and ignorant idiots.

    Oh, and they are complaining about the budget deficit…but the same fools did not say a thing when Bush caused the largest deficit in history and wasted over 1 trillion on an unnecessary war in Iraq. Now when Obama is trying to clean up the Bush mess – suddenly the deficit is important.

    Yup – go ahead and debate tea partiers…but you have NO real points to make. Just like Puddy, the idiot tea partiers and the corrupt republicans support the Wall Street bankers over the average investor and the little guys.

    Republicans and tea partiers oppose the reforms that would prevent another banking metldown and cost us taxpayers billions. Wall street banks and investment firms oppose this bill too and they know who is in their pockets to help them stop reform….all 41 repulicans in the Senate have signed on to opposing this needed bill.

    Republicans = Corruption

  6. 11

    Puddybud sez, Ask the arschloch for his home HA database spews:

    Puddy noticed how rho6033 could have made his point more clear with examples…

    CNN and NBC ran with Trigg was Bristol Palin’s baby. Where did that come from? Whackjob blog sites suck as Daily Kooks and Media Morons. They later had to do their mea culpa.

    Everyone ran with Phony Soldiers comment made by Limbaugh. Then when they dust settled there was a libtardo phony soldier named Jesse MacBeth. But Rush found other phony soldiers missed by shoddy journalism when they continued to attack Rush. These phony soldiers come to mind… Lawrence Hammer, Larry Porter, Glenn Marshall, Merrick Hersey, Michael Heit, Preston Garris, Tim DeBusk, Michael O’Brien, Carlos Valle Rios, and Gilbert Velasquez were easily found, yet the journalistic tendencies was to stupidly attack Limbaugh. This is why the libtardo MSM is losing mind share.

    Then there was the journalism failure of Barack the Magic Negro from David Ehrenstein of the LA Times. Again the stupid libtardo journalistic tendencies of attacking Rush came to the forefront until someone said “Nevermind”.

    Now we saw over the weekend the latest in the DUMMOCRAPTIC Nat’l Commie and these talking points…

    DAVE BRIGGS: There’s a war of words lighting up between Bill Clinton, Rush Limbaugh.

    ASHLEIGH BANFIELD: …the war of words

    BILL HEMMER: A war of words between President Clinton and Rush Limbaugh.

    BILL WEIR: War of words, Bill Clinton and Rush Limbaugh.

    ALISYN CAMEROTA: The war of words between former President Clinton and Rush Limbaugh.

    DAVID MUIR: The war of words between former President Bill Clinton and radio host Rush Limbaugh.

    WILLIE GEIST: Bill Clinton ended up in a war of words with Rush Limbaugh.

    JESSICA YELLIN: The number one story in politics tonight: The war of words between Bill Clinton and Rush Limbaugh.

  7. 12

    Puddybud sez, Ask the arschloch for his home HA database spews:

    corrupt republicans support the Wall Street bankers

    Funny Goldman Sachs gave big time to DUMMOCRAPTS correctnotright. Puddy sees you read the DNC label well.

    Only thing you missed was Tim Geithner told Susan Collins of Maine the administration doesn’t support Dodd Finance Reform bill either. The libtardo future of journalism didn’t report this to the masses! Here fool… direct from Daily Kooks

    The Obama administration is telling Senate Democrats to ditch a measure in their financial reform bill that would create a $50 billion liquidation fund by assessing a fee on big financial institutions.

    It must really suck to be you!

    You are one stupid fool! You have these pat mantra statements and you repeat them ad nauseum. Puddy has grown tired of correcting and providing truthful facts. The arschloch has “most” of the Puddy corrections in his personal copy of Goldy’s HA.

  8. 13

    correctnotright spews:

    @11: Puddy
    Were you trying to make a point?

    No mainstream media ran with a definitive story saying Trigg was not Palins baby.

    So your point is…what?

    Is that the best non-example you can come up with?

    And reporting on a war of words between Bill Clinton (a Rhodes scholar and President) and an idiot like Rush Limbaugh who never even finished college…that is media bias?

    Heck, it is media bias to even mention the two together. Rush is an idiot blowhard – so what?

    Are you grasping at straws?

    Yes.

    Can you actually make a coherent point?

    No.

  9. 14

    correctnotright spews:

    @12: Funny – if Goldman Sachs gave to Democrats it did not work…they are supporting the bill and GS opposes it.

    But all the money GS gave to republicans HAS worked – every Senate republican is opposing this needed reform and standing with the banking and securities industry (and in their pocket).

    Thanks for making my point Puddy!

  10. 15

    correctnotright spews:

    @12: Puddy

    When you make the same stupid arguments over and over and fail to understand the facts on the ground…well, you just look dumb.

  11. 16

    Puddybud sez, Ask the arschloch for his home HA database spews:

    Boy this fool AKA correctnotright just doesn’t get it. The DUMMOCRAPTS were pummeled over the Goldman Sachs connection in the last election cycle. When Odumba over the weekend made his financial play, the slobbering libtardo journalists had their stories ready to go. Now how did they know the Goldman Sachs vote was 3-2 when it was held in secret? How did they know the SEC was after Goldman Sachs when it was a secret?

    Also Odumba and the gang are against the Dodd bill as proposed. That’s something you seem to gloss over. And it’s a fact on the ground. Ground and pound, that’s what Puddy does to correctnotright!

    This is why you are stupid beyond all known boundaries correctnotright?

  12. 17

    Daddy Love spews:

    The point of this post? It makes me wonder if what we have now is very different, or better.

  13. 18

    Puddybud sez, Ask the arschloch for his home HA database spews:

    No mainstream media ran with a definitive story saying Trigg was not Palins baby.

    Ahhh butt CNN and NBC ran with stories speculating Trigg WAS Bristol’s baby. They got it from blogs.

    Ask the arschloch. He has the links in his personal backup of Goldy’s HA database!

  14. 20

    Puddybud sez, Ask the arschloch for his home HA database spews:

    And reporting on a war of words between Bill Clinton (a Rhodes scholar and President) and an idiot like Rush Limbaugh who never even finished college…that is media bias?

    Again… correctnotright is as dumb as the come. How does the media continue to say the same thing over and over and over for the news of the day on all the channels? DNC talking points.

    Remember the gravitas comments a few years ago? No? 24 hour mindless moronic Moonbat! memory malady?

  15. 21

    Puddybud sez, Ask the arschloch for his home HA database spews:

    BTW correctnotright… the CNN O’Brien video has been removed from YouTube. Puddy guesses it was too comedic for their tastes.

  16. 23

    rhp6033 spews:

    So, Puddy, you think a news media which just publishes competing press releases is a good thing? I said it wasn’t. You should also note that I didn’t mention any specific political party or persuasion, I decried the tactic. Did you see the tactic, and automatically infer I was talking about the right wing?

    And if I have time to come up with examples, I do so, if I don’t, well, tough. Somedays I have better things to do than jump through your hoops.

  17. 24

    Puddybud sez, Ask the arschloch for his home HA database spews:

    rhp6033…

    Why you so haughty this cloudy Everett morning? Where did Puddy postulate that press release crap you espoused above? Was it something Puddy said regarding facts? No, it can’t be… Oh wait it was those stubborn facts… Facts always seem to get in the way of a progressive “argument”.

    Regarding your political coverage rant… We all see the leg tingling of PMSNBC news coverage… Did Keith Odormann finally apologize to the father of fellow NBCer Dan Abrams? NOPE! We see how the Jayson Blair Times slants news. We see how they run front page with stories on the overseas calls and money laundering tracking to hurt Bush but they bury a story on A-17 when they hurt Odumba. Puddy gave examples… check with your arschloch’s personal Goldy HA backup.

    Or the racist horseshit put forth by your side about the Tea Party.

    Puddy suggested you would have hit a home run instead of a long single with some examples. Puddy gave examples. Puddy knew of this but you chose not to give an example, hence Puddy did it for you.

  18. 25

    Puddybud sez, Ask the arschloch for his home HA database spews:

    Remember rhp6033,

    The sad state of future journalism is all about race baiting. And it seems that’s right up the progressive alley. When the normal factual argument dies, use race baiting tactics. Use demonization. Isn’t it hateful that we now need to point out the skin color of people at a Tea Party? Well it could said be said those who aren’t in the tea party are those who predominately don’t pay federal income tax but get all the benefits of the US government. We’re all Americans, except unless you are a progressive, for crying out loud.

  19. 26

    Steve spews:

    “We’re all Americans, except unless you are a progressive, for crying out loud.”

    WTF? You’ve gone off the deep end.

    “Use demonization.”

    Demonization. Great. How timely. Another day, another rose pulled from Puddy’s ass. Nothing the right would ever do to us “liberal-fascists”, huh? Try reading the titles of the right’s hatred-breeding books by the likes of Coulter, Goldberg and Hannity. Demonization? Hell, just read your own comments.

  20. 27

    Heisenberg spews:

    re 3: Is that a picture of your bent penis? That being the case. it is you who are physically equipped to fuck yourself.

  21. 28

    I-Burn spews:

    @27

    You must be the very unlamented byebyegop. Only he, in the admittedly limited time I’ve been around here lately, could possibly match the stupidity gushing forth from your maggoty orifice.

    Come back when your IQ is something more than double-digits, and we’ll talk. So I guess I’ll see you in, oh…. about fifty years?

  22. 29

    Puddybud sez, Ask the arschloch for his home HA database spews:

    Oh Steve… You missed it

    Isn’t it hateful that we now need to point out the skin color of people at a Tea Party?

    You always skip over the most important parts to rant on some small thing. Typical so typical!

    Puddy places acts of anti-tea party white progressives and your lace panties are bunched up. Here Steve watch it again…

    Regarding hate books vs hate actions… we see progressives in action everyday. ELF, Anti-WTO demonstrations, etc. come to mind.

  23. 30

    rhp6033 spews:

    “25. Puddybud sez, Ask the arschloch for his home HA database spews:

    Remember rhp6033,

    The sad state of future journalism is all about race baiting…..”

    Gee, if you ask the Seattle Times, they would say it’s Google and the existence of unions. Others say it’s the inevitable obsolescence of a print-based media who’s content is “old news” before it even gets delivered to your door. Others will point out the lack of social networking potential as another factor making print media obsolete technology. Then there’s the cosst and environmental costs of cutting trees, printing, placing on trucks for home delivery, etc.

  24. 31

    Steve spews:

    “Isn’t it hateful that we now need to point out the skin color of people at a Tea Party?”

    Yeah, I feel for you. The teabagger leader with his hateful “NIGGAR” sign and the teabaggers hatefully yelling the “N” word at black congressmen really ruined everything for you guys. So now you are reduced to pointing out black teabaggers. Actually, this strikes me as just another self-inflicted wingnut wound for which you’ll never, ever accept responsibility. So what to do? You blame someone else, naturally.

  25. 32

    Steve spews:

    “we see progressives in action everyday. ELF, Anti-WTO demonstrations, etc. come to mind”

    Every day?? And those are your examples?? And then it’s “etc.”?? LMFAO!!

    Yeah, I’m sure those anarchists from Oregon are dues-paying members of the Alan Greenspan wing of the Democratic party.

    Another rose pulled from Puddy’s ass.

  26. 33

    Vince with Slap-Chop spews:

    yo steve, any update on our favorite soon to be condemned high rise project?

  27. 34

    Steve spews:

    I saw a headline about the contractor saying that the building needn’t come down but I haven’t read the article yet. I’m just glad I’m not involved. I still agonize over a fire at a new medical facility that was almost ready for CO over a decade ago. The GC turned off and drained the sprinkler system for “freeze protection” over a cold weekend. That same weekend a construction worker put stuff on an electric heater to dry out, forgot about it and left. Oops! What a mess that was! It wasn’t my discipline, it wasn’t my fault, but it still pains me to remember that project.

  28. 35

    Michael spews:

    @30

    Gee, if you ask the Seattle Times, they would say it’s Google and the existence of unions.

    And Craig’s List!

  29. 36

    correctnotright spews:

    @20 I sthat the best you have Puddy?

    Insults are the last refuge of people who have no argument.

    Once again you skirt the issue – a democratic bill proposes reforms on Wall street investment houses and bankers. Puddy and all the republicans Seantors oppose the bill.

    Puddy and all the republican Senators are corrupt, money-grubbing fools who are willing to allow another economic mess so that banks and investment firms can make unlimited cash and gamble with our economy and lives.

    Only an idiot would oppose this bill. Only a republican would try to make a case for being an idiot.

  30. 37

    correctnotright spews:

    And Puddy – when you are able to put together a coherent argument without running away from the central points and can actaully use your mind and think…then you can talk about someone else intelligence.

    Until then, grow up and get a brain, fool. I don’t know where you got your degrees – but obviously you did not learn critical thinking skills.

    You still have not figured out the role of Phil Gramm in the financial crisis. You still don’t understand that the war in Iraq wasted over 1 trillion dollars and got us less security.

    What you don’t understand could fill a book and the little bit you do understand, you misinterpret.

    Keep trying to make your silly little arguments – they make no sense and are side-arguments to the real problems.