With Michael Jackson Coverage, Old Media Shows Its Age
The dinosaur media, the Times included, would have led the way bashing TMZ and new media's lack of professionalism. We would see column after column of self-righteous mainstream media members explaining how we'd never see their kind making such foul-ups. (Note this example of that attitude emanating from the Times.)
The criticism would eventually be picked up by the Left, and perhaps Congress, where members have been trying to enact the Fairness Doctrine for the purpose of ensuring their own political survival. (A blogger ethics panel anyone?) Possibly, a congressman would offer some legislation to limit online media. The whole thing would become yet another weapon with which to criticize online media like TMZ, and yes, PJM.
If the roles were reversed? Had the Times managed to foul up the Jackson story, we would hear excuses and explanations. Bad communication, bad information, too hasty in the effort to be first. "Fake but accurate" comes to mind.
Of course, we'd not have heard a peep from outlets like TMZ if the Times had messed up. Then again, TMZ isn't on the defensive about their credibility, and the Times clearly is.
With Jackson's death, and other recent stories, the mainstream media has proved itself irrelevant in breaking news and in follow-up. And that irrelevancy is not only demonstrated by its phony devotion to accountability, either. With so many mainstream media outlets in the tank for Obama and the Democratic Party, describing the mainstream media as accountable and unbiased should get you laughed out of the room -- assuming Democratic Party members and the dinosaur media are not the only ones in the room, as the mainstream appears to be the last to know about its own irrelevancy.