‘Crap’ Journalism – and journalists!

Media bias in editorials and columns is one thing. Media fraud in reporting ‘facts’ in news stories is something else. …The issue is not what various journalists or news organizations’ editorial views are. The issue is the transformation of news reporting into ideological spin, along with self-serving taboos and outright fraud.

If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly.
Thomas Sowell

An email correspondent brought to my attention this article, the headline of which is: Media culpa: journalists are losing public’s trust. What the author appears to overlook is that what he ‘terms’ news is anything but; it just regurgitating stories that have appeared in other news outlets – and in each an every instance there has been no attempt to research whether  that ‘news item’ is true. More importantly, where the utterances of politicians are concerned it is obvious that no attempt is made to check whether the statement which said politician has made is correct, or just political crap. Even more importantly it becomes obvious that our media adopts what might be called a sanctimonious attitude where their utterances are concerned; ie they  make a hypocritical show of religious political devotion, piety and  righteousness with their output.

Michael Barnier made a speech to the European Parliament today in which he said:

  • The free movement of persons, goods, services and capital are indivisible. We cannot let the single market unravel.
  • There can be no sector by sector participation in the single market: you cannot leave the single market and then opt-in to those sectors you like most – say, the automobile industry or financial services. You cannot be half-in and half-out of the single market.


  • I have heard some people in the UK argue that one can leave the single market and keep all of its benefits – that is not possible.
  • I have heard some people in the UK argue that one can leave the single market and build a customs union to achieve “frictionless trade” – that is not possible.

So if ‘journalism’ wishes to reclaim its stature as a recognised and worthy profession, where is its condemnation of the likes of David Davis, Liam Fox, Chukka Umunna, Philip Hammond, Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn etc; instead of their (journalism) just repeating the utterances of idiot, know nothing, politicians as those aforementioned, said utterances which are, basically, just crap?

To my knowledge there is only one journalist worthy of the name and that is Christopher Booker who writes a weekly column in the Sunday Telegraph. For readers of this one, informed column, it is well known that the approbation and criticism it receives is of monumental proportions – and is crap. The reason for this is that those commenting rely on that which they read and hear from journalistic sources, which is also crap -hence we then reach the vicious circle wherein crap breeds crap.

So the question has to be asked: why is it the one section of our society that can bypass the elite’s opt-out of answering questions from those who are not their constituents, not ‘step-up-to-the-plate’ on our behalf? That they do not is but confirmation that ‘journalism’ has followed the career path of our political elite – both are now no more than a ‘profession’ and ‘career’; and neither now do the job each should. Once again I must return to the question, oft posed where our political elite an our media is concerned: in whose pocket is who?

This article has been’ tweeted’ to the ‘Speccie’ author; not that a response is expected……….

Just saying…………




2 thoughts on “‘Crap’ Journalism – and journalists!

  1. Reporters and facts. Post internet factual information and access to it gets more complicated, well that’s what I think. When Alistair Cooke produced ‘Letter from America’ he was ‘there’, took shorthand notes and then wrote/spoke the lines. Today, Mosul or Glastonbury we are miles away but have access to detail that Cooke could have got without leaving home. But would he like some of us have been so quick to make a statement without being there? Then we have the ‘opinion piece’, it’s always been true that reporters like Cooke gave us their opinions as well as facts, but perhaps the proportions of these these things have changed over time? Funny how it goes but some of the best opinions come from people who are not reporters, here are two things from Maureen Lipman –



  2. Perhaps if someone had a plan for how things might be better. Consider a few hypothetical cases to help provide insight. Case 1. Suppose you have a 100 million population, not one of them can think critically or even detect illogic. How should they get news and how should they be governed? Case 2. Suppose you have a 100 million population, and only 0.01% of them can think critically and do intelligent planning or conceive of a vision for any project lasting longer than an hour. How should they get news and how should they be governed? Case 3. Continue as above.

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