Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Reuters: subtle like a dropped anvil

Two recent O-photos from objective, professional mainstream news service Reuters:


Oops... how'd that get in there?

So, do you hate the lamestream media yet?

What amazes and dismays me is that there are people who still think of them — al-Reuters, Associated Press, etc. — as news sources rather than what they are: advocacy organizations.

UPDATE: the foreign press is not being as kind.


SniperedPastor said...


trogdor said...

The galling thing is how they try to portray themselves as neutral reporters. I don't have a problem with bias, since it would be impossible to not have some bias, as long as that bias is clearly stated up front.

There are still some newspapers that have their political origins in their names, a remnant of the time when news organizations openly declared their biases. At least that was honest - you could read a story in the Tallahassee Democrat Observer and know that it was filtered through the D lens, etc. Same thing with most conservative talk radio, where they unabashedly talk about their conservatism and you know the story will be spun in that light.

But media that pretends to be neutral is just reprehensible. What's truly sad is just how many people swallow that tripe without a hint of discernment.

Mesa Mike said...

It makes me want to drop an anvil on my toe so that I'll have an excuse to yell some not-so-nice things at them!

Citizen Grim said...

Hate the MSM? No. Pity? Yes. Agents of their own obsolescence.

SolaMommy said...

I remember seeing similar images when he was running for President. I think the MSM orgs are trying to outdo one another.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Of course, you know that O's staff were mindful of all that when they set up the staging for those events.

There's plenty of blame to share.

Stand right here on this little tape X.

Paula said...

Our (almost completely irrelevant) local paper, the [Akron] Beacon Journal (aka the "Leaking Urinal"), which is facing a strike due to a proposed 17% pay cut had this gem on Saturday:

A Beacon Journal analysis showed a close correlation between poverty and violent crime rates in Ohio's midsize and larger cities and suburban townships.

A statistical analysis found poverty could explain more than two-thirds of the differences in rates of violent crime and about half of the differences in property crime rates. But complicated math isn't required.

The ABJ's uncomplicated math formulas apparently haven't bothered to notice the recent Crime Theory Demolition report.

The recession of 2008-09 has undercut one of the most destructive social theories that came out of the 1960s: the idea that the root cause of crime lies in income inequality and social injustice. As the economy started shedding jobs in 2008, criminologists and pundits predicted that crime would shoot up, since poverty, as the “root causes” theory holds, begets criminals. Instead, the opposite happened. Over seven million lost jobs later, crime has plummeted to its lowest level since the early 1960s. The consequences of this drop for how we think about social order are significant.

Unfortunately, such reports and statistics will have little to no effect on how the MSM think about social order. They will continue to spew their pet theories until the death rattle is in their throats.

lee n. field said...

At least it's not "Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas".

Yes, I've seen similar.

JDBMP said...

aw, come on Dan, don't you remember those AP photos of Bush that were identical?

just google "bush halo." I'm confident that this is not some zealous Reuters guy who wishes Obama was his boyfriend and tries to trick people into thinking he's holy (anymore than the Bush thing was media bias), I can guarantee that it's just a photog getting creative, replicating an 'iconic' look.

BlackfootDave said...

Holy cow!