Wednesday, December 29, 2004

A Unified Theory of the Old Media Collapse

Click here for AmazonHugh Hewitt pounds another nail into the MSM coffin. It's amusing to watch the icons of years past circle the drain and it reminds me a bit of Monty Python and the Holy Grail... as the MSM asserts that it isn't quite dead yet all the while being carted off to the morgue.

IF OLD MEDIA -- the "legacy media" of the big papers and old networks plus the newsweeklies -- was a city and not simply a set of gasping institutions, it would look like Stalingrad circa 1944. Parts of most of the virtual buildings are still standing, but the devastation is pretty complete.

And the pummeling just keeps coming. On Sunday last, Power Line's John Hinderaker undressed the New York Times biggest big foot, Thomas Friedman, for all the blogosphere to see, The Belmont Club was scissoring the Associated Press's credibility, and I was pointing out the many defects in a Washington Post front-page story on an "Intelligent Design" controversy -- in the process discovering that reporter Michael Powell, who came from a background of tenants' advocacy, had written extensively on tenants' issues without disclosing to the reader his past background.

And that was just three posts on a single day of the new world of accountability for the old media...

...In legacy media there is now much dismay. Many of their biggest names appear not too understand that they are distrusted by more than half of America, and don't even seem to recognize their own contempt for majoritarian positions...

Read the whole thing.

Hugh Hewitt: A Unified Theory of the Old Media Collapse

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