If you have doubted that the Internet and all of the other forms of instant journalism has led to the demise of professional journalism you should no longer be in doubt.
I'm referring to the recent San Francisco television station news broadcast which aired the names of the Korean pilots involved in the plane crash at SFO. I have read that this particular station is one of the most respected news stations in the SF area. I don't know if that's true but if it is then it's even more proof of the decline of professional journalism.
The station said they had confirmed the names with the NTSB. That apparently is true (supposedly a summer intern) but it's hard to believe that if someone had only pronounced the names before going on the air they would have figured out they were being pranked. In other words every indication is they did no further fact-checking, discussion or even pronunciation before going with the names on the air.
I can't imagine Murrow, Cronkite, Brinkley, Brokaw or any big city news organizations ever doing this in their time. But cable news, the Internet and the economy have changed things. And not for the better. We don't have journalism anymore; we just have broadcasting. There's a big difference.
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The beginning of the end started when the news department became a profit center. You got to love the corporate point of view.
Posted by: Jerry Critter at Jul 18, 2013 10:39:52 PM