In my last post I wrote about an article from the Guardian that explains details about the $380 million that special interest groups and lobbyists have spent so far in an attempt to defeat health care reform legislation. It was a really good article, and about something that you would hope our own news media would report on. But the news media in this country has dropped the ball over the years. They were essentially enablers in the Iraq war. Then they “confessed” that they could have done a better job there. I was among those who hoped just maybe there was a slight chance they would start doing their job better after that. I was wrong. Now they’re back at it again, this time for the most part they’re regurgitating GOP talking points, and misinformation about health care reform.
As far as this article in the Guardian, I didn’t find it easily, and I didn’t find it through mainstream media outlets. These days, as most of us know, if you’re looking for hard news you look online, and through the blogosphere. (I don’t care for that word either: “blogosphere,” it sounds more like an alien news outlet, or worse, a place where another alien like creature – Rod Blagojevich – resides, but that is the popular term these days, so there you go.)
That is how I found it, in a Daily Kos diary under the headline: UK press does the job the U.S. media won’t. That’s true. One of the things I write about a lot, because it ticks me off no end, is how truly awful the media has become. So the headline got me thinking, and I decided to see what the mainstream media websites had as their main headline news stories today.
I went to the MSNBC website and found that they had declared Obama’s trip to get the Olympics a “high profile failure.” (Really?) Then there were the NFL’s top tailgating towns, and that longer lives are an upside to the recession. Nothing about health care though. (Shock!) And then there was this little gem:
The questions were on things like the tsunamis, earthquakes, Roman Polanski, science, China, Obama & the Olympics (pre-high profile failure), Detroit Lions curse, Circus tycoons in space, David Letterman sex scandal monologue, and Conan O’Brien who “concussed” himself.
Other than the natural disasters and the skeleton discovery, was that really a “news” quiz? I guess one person’s news is another one’s pop culture. And health care? What health care?
I think that someone’s ability to recall or remember the week in news is dependent on having access to the news in the first place.