Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Lapdog of the Year: Time Magazine (60 Minutes - wins govt cheerleader)

Where was the American press???

As Time reports in its Person of the Year issue, "At the time Snowden went public, the American people had not just been kept in the dark; they had actively been misled about the actions of their government."

Now, thanks to Edward Snowden and The Guardian we're having a national and international discussion about the secret government approved by the secret court and supported by the lapdog press.

It's truly appropriate that Time doesn't select the Person of the Year to be Person of the Year.   That's exactly what one would expect from a member of the lapdog press.

For lapdog of the year, 60 Minutes with its NSA report was a close second.   But it really deserves the top award for government cheerleading.  And every journalism instructor owes 60 Minutes a big thank you.   In a single episode, 60 Minutes has demonstrated what journalism is not.  

A third finalist was a collective effort:  sports departments for every local TV station in the country. Now, thanks to PBS's League of Denial, the sports cheerleaders are finding it just a touch more difficult to totally ignore the problem of football concussions.

Honorable mention goes to Bloomberg for killing stories critical of China.

What a year!  

When journalism fails, bad things happen.

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