A Few New Year’s Resolutions for the MSM
Some helpful tips before the legacy media's next story goes unexpectedly so awry.
January 1, 2011 - 3:42 am
The ClimateGate emails? The Pigford farm scandal? All either ignored or brushed aside by the MSM for days, sometimes weeks, before they got around to reporting them.
Get mad, and then go investigate these stories and break fresh news from them. That’s what you’re supposed to do. And don’t complain about not having enough bodies to do the necessary digging. Pull a few reporters from either the Kate Gosselin or Tiger Woods beat and have at it.
6. Follow through on stories that matter: This one’s aimed at the Washington Post, but other outlets should also take heed. If you’ve got a killer story, follow up on it. When the Post reported on Sen. George Allen using the term “Macaca” to describe a member of his opponent’s team in 2006, the newspaper followed it up with literally dozens of stories across the paper — from A1 to the Style section.
How many stories has the Post run in the wake of its first-class expose on racist behavior in the Obama Justice Department?
7. Try a little consistency: Media outlets piled on Andrew Breitbart for (allegedly) taking Shirley Sherrod’s NAACP speech out of context earlier this year. Reporters used the incident to attempt to discredit the provocative Internet journalist. But where’s the outrage when more entrenched outlets like MSNBC routinely do the same, if not worse, to conservative targets?
8. Watch Fox News: If you made widgets, and a fellow widget maker beat you in sales nine years in a row, it might be smart to examine that company’s business model.
9. Don’t ask Palin if she’s running for president: Former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin may seek the presidency in 2012. But you can be darned sure she’s not going to reveal her intentions off the cuff to an MSM reporter. So stop asking. It’s not cute. It’s desperate and offers the news consumer nothing of substance.
10. Plug it in: Here’s a resolution specifically for The Gray Lady. Way back in 2009, New York Times managing editor Jill Abramson vowed to assign a colleague to peruse the conservative side of the blogosphere so it wouldn’t get beat on stories like the ACORN scandal.
In 2011, please connect said editor’s computer monitor to the Internet.