The Darkness That's Killing Journalism

In a pair of stories in The Federalist and The Weekly Standard, Lee Smith paints a bleak picture of media in America today, and he does it around two stories: Harvey Weinstein’s scandal, and Fusion GPS’s role in the Russia Investigation and the accompanying Steele dossier, but also Fusion GPS’s role regarding the Magnitsky Act.

The basic conclusion? Blame Google and blame personal relations among prominent media figures. Here's how it works.

As print media has mostly migrated online, the ad revenues that were supposed to support the brave new world of online news have been mostly swallowed up by Google. That means online media enterprises are starved for advertising dollars and cannot keep experienced, qualified journalists on their staffs, at least in any kind of significant numbers. As well, local print papers face the same ad dollar shortages, so well researched local stories that used to feed the television news departments are in shorter supply.

Enter Fusion GPS, a communications shop as they say, staffed by former (and yes experienced and talented) journalists like Glenn Simpson. They provide the missing local content nowadays, at least on certain stories, but with a big, big difference. They work for wealthy, powerful clients. Like certain Kremlin associates. Or like the Never Trump and/or Hillary donors who funded Christopher Steele's Trump dossier. That means that they work the Russia-collaboration story, AND, they work the Repeal-the -Magnitsky-Act story. That's playing both sides of the fence and being well paid for it. And being the source for a lot of the stories related to both scandals/investigations.

Then there's the Weinstein scandal. It has been known for years. Hell, for decades. Everyone in Hollywood knew that he was at the very least invasive, if not abusive on more than a few occasions, apparently including sexually assaulting vulnerable actresses and models. Now the story is finally out. Why did it take decades?

Personal relationships perhaps? All that cocaine and all those models at the parties he threw? Weinstein's power in an industry that just about every journalist or editor would abso-frickin- lutely love to work for?

Sadly, the real story in both cases will be discovering the politics and relationships that lets the media be led around by the nose (literally sometimes if you're an entertainment journalist) by vested, opaque interests who work for the wealthy and powerful. Not the stories themselves, as outrageous as they might be.

Memo to the WaPo editors: this is the kind of darkness that journalism, rather than democracy, dies in.

Posted by Keeley at October 12, 2017 7:09 PM
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Sadly, the real story in both cases will be discovering the politics and relationships that lets the media be led around by the nose (literally sometimes if you’re an entertainment journalist) by vested, opaque interests who work for the wealthy and powerful. Not the stories themselves, as outrageous as they might be. Posted by Keeley at October 12, 2017 7:09 PM

Non-existent Keeley, why are you making sense? You’ll be outed soon if you don’t go back to quoting russian propaganda. The problem with Weinstein is indeed wealth and power, which absolutely corrupts people, including all our governments at all levels. JP Pritzer, billionaire, is running for governor here. He’s supported because the rpblcn governor is only a poor millionaire. Pritzker is one of the owners of the Mandalay Bay, where they manage to keep an eye on everyone gambling, but didn’t care about anyone planning a mass shooting right under their noses.

Posted by: ohrealy at October 12, 2017 7:37 PM
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The printed word was once more powerful than wealth or political force. Few dared to word-joust with those who bought ink by the barrel.

The printed word is fast disappearing; and is being replaced by talking heads hired for their looks or connections. Real news has mostly been replaced with opinion, speculation, and down-right lies.

When the printed word reigned, it’s practitioners were forced to think about what they wrote. Words had power, and those who used words well; and presented well thought out ideas, had the public ear.

Those with a good education and some experience under our belt are not so easily fooled as our youth gleaning their opinion from the crowd on Facebook and other social media; or from some professor promoting a personal agenda.

To be considered heroic, with media heralding your bravery, can involve nothing more noteworthy that kneeling during the national anthem before a football game, disrupting a military funeral, or suing a merchant for refusing to sacrifice their religious beliefs on the alter of your ego.

If you will be well informed; choose well what you read, hear, see; and believe.

Posted by: Royal Flush at October 12, 2017 7:52 PM
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Royal, fake news has been going on forever. Certainly has ramped up over the last 15 or so years.

BUt, note how the silent majority, when they finally found a non-pc candidate, came out against fake news. All the money and time invested in fake news - down the tubes.

This continued effort at fake news following Trump’s election is going to send an even larger number of intelligent people to the poles come 2020.

But, unfortunately, we have to admit that the establishment hung on to power for way too many years. And, the real dog fight is yet to come.

Posted by: Roy Ellis at October 13, 2017 2:38 PM
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And, the real dog fight is yet to come.
Posted by: Roy Ellis at October 13, 2017 2:38 PM

Amen to that Roy. Conservatives are winning a few battles here and there, but the war has hardly begun. Our adversaries are entrenched and well funded. Their “siren song” is alluring to some, but totally deceptive.

The Left insists that government knows best and seeks to control individual behavior by creating class envy, false gods of morality, lock-step rules and regulations, and government largess for the chosen few.

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