Nachdem sich die NZZ letzten Freitag ja etwas despektierlich über das Blog-Phänomen geäussert hat, ist es vielleicht von Interesse mal in Richtung Printmedien zu schauen. Steht denn da alles zum Besten? Laurie Garrett meinte heute dazu um 17:41*:
The deterioration we experienced at Newsday was hardly unique. All across America news organizations have been devoured by massive corporations, and allegiance to stockholders, the drive for higher share prices, and push for larger dividend returns trumps everything that the grunts in the newsrooms consider their missions. […] The sort of in-your-face challenge that the Fourth Estate once posed for politicians has been replaced by mud-slinging, lies and, where it ought not be, timidity.
[…] Honesty and tenacity (and for that matter, the working class) seem to have taken backseats to the sort of „snappy news“, sensationalism, scandal-for-the-sake of scandal crap that sells. This is not a uniquely Tribune or even newspaper industry problem: this is true from the Atlanta mixing rooms of CNN to Sulzberger’s offices in Times Square. Profits: that’s what it’s all about now.
[…] Now is the time to think in imaginative ways. Salon and Slate have both gone into the black; in nations like Ukraine and South Africa courageous new forms of journalism are arising; some of the blogs that clog the internet are actually quite good and manage to keep politicians on their toes. Opportunities for quality journalism are still there, though you may need to scratch new surfaces, open locked doors and nudge a few reticent editors to find them. On a fundamental level, your readers desperately need for you to try, over and over again, to tell the stories, dig the dirt and bring them the news.
… und trat dann ab.
* 2/28/2005 11:41:02 AM in Florida