“Journalism” Has Always Been Corrupt.

Journalism has always been corrupt.

I think that journalism has always been corrupt. We just never had the tools to discern what we see now; to see “the sausage being made,” if you will.

Now that we do see it, it’s a very ugly sight indeed.

However, I propose two examples of journalism’s corruption: (1) When Lyndon Johnson said something to the effect of: “Well, if I’ve lost Cronkite, then I’ve lost the people. (or the election, or some such)”

A clearer admission of the sheer power of the major media “journalism” personalities of the day would be harder to find.

Next: (2) When Woodward and Bernstein brought down a sitting President (Richard Nixon). That was presented as an example of journalism’s “watchdog” function in action. But it was really a demonstration of the raw power of so-called “journalists.”

It should be noted that LBJ’s corruption made Nixon look like a campfire girl, and there was little to no coverage of that. But Nixon was brought down due to allegations of: corruption. The ability to present things as one wants to present them, when one wants to present them… or not, shows the extent of the power of “journalists.” And it can bring down presidents.

I use the scare quotes around “journalist,” because far, far too frequently the people ostensibly doing a journalism job are actually doing a power-broker’s job, or an activist’s job, or a powerful political insider’s job. None  of which has anything whatsoever to do with reporting honestly what’s going on in the country.

In other words, so-called “journalists” spend far too much of their time being paid in a journalist’s job to do things that are not only not related to actual journalism, but are actually anti-journalism. So, the “journalists” are journalists, only to the extent that I’m an NFL player.

Many people have many different definitions for the term “journalism,” but I figure that none of those definitions include: (1) Lying to the public, (2) fabricating stories, (3) intentionally slanting their reporting in order to support a narrative, (4) suppressing/censoring reports on things/events/news that fail to support a narrative, (5) engaging openly in propaganda.

Many, many so-called journalists do only the above-mentioned five things.

I think it’s reasonable to define “anti-journalism” as: the above-mentioned five things.

Bottom Line: Many, if not most, of today’s “journalists” are journalists in the same way that an arsonist is in the construction industry.

— xPraetorius

November 18/2021

10 thoughts on ““Journalism” Has Always Been Corrupt.

    1. I’d never suggest that we rid the world of journalists. I’d suggest that we increase the number of journalists…drastically.

      I’d suggest that we rid the world of corruption.


      — x

      1. Given that ridding the world of corruption has been met with very marginal effects during all of recorded history, perhaps the other avenue is trying to reduce the vulnerability by which one might be corrupted in the first place.

        1. Not sure I know what you mean, but I’d be willing to hear about HOW you’d reduce vulnerability to corruption. (presumably to the TEMPTATION to corruption?)

          As far as the world’s efforts to rid the world of corruption are concerned, those efforts have been desultory (in my humble opinion) at best. Not for lack of trying, mind you, but for lack of the ability to identify it and to expose it. Two prerequisites to rooting it out.

          The very FIRST problem is to identify corruption, and we the people never had the tools, except in a theoretical sense, that we have now, to root out corruption. So, the actual elimination of corruption is a lot more possible now.


          — x

          1. Corruption is nothing but the continuing temptation of man. In fact, one man’s corruption is another man’s…. you name it.. crusade? Profit? Quest for power? struggle for greater influence? Greater economic advantage? Material wealth? Let’s not forget sex, the greatest corruption of all.

            One doesn’t need tools to ferret out corruption.

          2. One doesn’t need tools to ferret it out. One MIGHT need tools to ROOT it out.

            We can all assume that all professions have plenty of corruption, but we the people are not always privy to ways to identify it in those professions.

            In journalism, the practitioners of it lie to us regularly, but we may not have the ability to determine what’s a lie and what isn’t.

            We need tools like what we have now to discern it. Then, once we’ve discerned it, the only tools needed are honesty, integrity, and the ability to expose the fraudsters.

            So, the rooting out of corruption around the world DOES require tools, but also something that may be fatally lacking: honesty and integrity.

            For our part, as consumers of the work product of “journalists,” we can AT LEAST use skepticism and AT LEAST call it out when we spot it. That would be a start.

            One problem is that it’s SO widespread that one or two thousands of voices crying out in the wilderness won’t make a dent in it.


            — x

          3. 1. We know corruption exists because it’s inherent with mankind to be vulnerable to corruption for a myriad of many reasons besides just the political. You cheat on your taxes.. why? You simply don’t wanna pay the proper amount. Corruption exists. You don’t come to a full stop at a stop sign.. as required by those who enacted it for “we the people”, and our reason is one of convenience of the moment given there’s no cross traffic. We’ve been corrupted.

            2. You are looking to the corruption of anyone holding any sort of power in society, political, at work, in a profession, etc., with the presumption they are doing it for themselves for any number of reasons. Sounds more like you are envious, sour grapes, that you are NOT in a position to be corrupt for your own private gain. I’ve always said.. you know you are in the right position if people start asking you for influential favors. But to my larger point here, one has to determine if there IS corruption, and not just assume there is and you are being left out of something.

    2. Oh, and I’m not so sure about the trees thing. I always wondered about that. Here’s my reasoning: (1) if you have no need for trees for paper, or for building things, then what is the incentive to plant a new one, when one dies, or falls over in a storm, or the like?

      Next: (2) when a lumberman sees a tree, he really sees: a pillar of cash. What’s better than a pillar of cash? FIVE pillars of cash.

      (3) The best protectors of the population of trees in the world, it turns out, are the very people most interested in cutting them down.

      And, (4) true to form, the stock of trees in America has grown every year… as the demand for wood products has increased with the population (and our ability to print things on paper).

      Surely, however, there arrives a balance point somewhere. Some people propose “Steady State Economics” (I think that’s the name) which is nothing more than repressive Socialism. However, it’s a true statement that the population can’t grow forever, so we’ll face some limits sometime. Not soon, though.

      It’s an interesting question.


      — x

  1. Welll… there’s always the unwritten option with anything… I call it the “willy-nilly” option. Forget about anything negative.. and just keep doing what we are doing with reckless abandon.. or.. willy-nilly… and let nature, fate, the Almighty, the Greek gods, Trump himself… swing away…. and those that can’t adapt to change, political or otherwise, can just go by way of the Gooney bird. The herd will be thinned; only the strong will survive. Life’s a bitch.

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