Journalism fail: News as corporate pandering


We’d describe Elizabeth Warren’s as a liberal Eisenhower Republican, the sort of politician who, like Ike, remembered that a healthy, vibrant workforce was essential to the running of an effective democratic industrial state.

Eisenhower Republicans weren’t averse to regulations, social programs, and strong public schools, unlike latter-day Republicans, and they were capable of reasonable argumentation.

Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks has some fun with Warren’s deft takedown of a CNBC anchor:

Elizabeth Warren Brings News Anchors To Knees

The program notes:

Elizabeth Warren has a message for any television personalities questioning the merits of increased financial regulation: You’re wrong.

During a media tour last week to bring attention to a bill the Senator proposed with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and others aimed at preventing banks from making risky bets with Americans’ savings, CNBC personality Brian Sullivan asked her to back his assertion that no law can prevent major bank busts.

“No that is just wrong,” Warren said in response.

Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

Lest you think it’s only network’s shilling for banksters and corporateers, we draw your attention to case of the Long Beach Post, a six-year-old for-profit online news site [background here (PDF)].

From a Random Lengths News post by former Long Beach Post scribe Greggory Moore:

On numerous occasions—including within the last week—the Post published press releases as Post-generated stories, typically with the byline “Staff Reports” and with no mention of the source of the information. For example, on April 30, 2012, the Post published a story entitled “LBCC Knocks Compton Out of the Park,” which, aside from the title, was a verbatim transcription of a Long Beach City College press release.

By far the most frequent source of such stories has been MemorialCare Health System, a Post advertiser whose facilities include Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. For years the Post published MemorialCare press releases under the byline “Staff Reports” at the rate of one to two per week. In June, for example, the Post ran eight improperly attributed MemorialCare press releases, in most cases verbatim.

Thus far in July the Post has run four such stories, the most recent example being a July 12 story, “Local Non-Profit Donates 2,000 Children’s Books, Brings Best-Selling Author to Miller Children’s Hospital,” which is a verbatim reprint of a MemorialCare press release published by EverythingLongBeach.com on June 14.

That’s just a sampling of the paper’s egregious corporate pandering. For a better grasp, read his full account.

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