Carol Platt Liebau: A Perspective Worth Considering

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

A Perspective Worth Considering

Everyone shares a sense of concern about the attacks that injured an ABC anchorman and his cameraman on Sunday. But here is a story that asks an important question: Have journalists lost some perspective now that one of their own "stars" has been injured?

It's a question worth pondering.


Blogger Dan M said...

But your observation PRESUPPOSES that the Media HAD a perspective previously, which they then lost because of the injury to one of their own. That's inaccurate.

They've ALWAYS been self-obsessed. They could be the largest pack of navel gazers in America, even beyond Hollywood, and that's saying something.

Their response to the incident are precisely what I expected. To be honest, I thought that they would be MORE fixated on the "dangers" they run. Dangers is in quotation marks because not all of the media in Iraq are taking those chances. Many while away their hours in the Green Zone, relying on dubious sources, peddling even more dubious stories.

3:06 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Go to and read Jack Kelly's post titled " The Post-Gazette chose not to run my musings on". He does a pretty good job of summarizing why the News Papers in particular are in serious trouble. Here's a great exerpt:

"...Above all, we need to lose the editorializing, the speculating, the loaded adjectives in the news columns. The great bane of journalism today is the number of people who go into it because they want to change the world. Journalism will not regain public trust until journalists are content with describing the world as it is, and better at doing it than we are now. ..."

Great post! I contend Kelly's arguments - especially the quote above - applies to all MSM, not just news papers.

7:34 AM  
Blogger Bachbone said...

During the anthrax scare, Mr. Brokaw seemed to me more exorcised that some nutcase had mailed some to his NBC offices than he was by the terrorism that hit the World Trade Center. Aberrant media perspective, indeed.

8:54 AM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

Can't believe I'm going to sound like a dissenter here. Especially since I am constantly suspect of the MSM's motives. But this news was just front page because it was a person of some fame. Just as Pat Tillman received more press than other soldiers killed in the war. Living here in Colorado Springs, I know that EVERY soldier from Ft. Carson that has died had a front page story in our local paper.

Having said that, I'm still thinking $112 per year for my subscription is a lot to pay for daily delivery of drop cloth and litter pan liner.

12:04 PM  

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