I cannot fucking stand what news media has become. Infotainment is too kind of a word. It’s an absolute joke; a paltry, watered-down, sweetened mix of daily excrement that pulls for ratings and advertisers. I mean – don’t get me wrong – this is how it’s been for.. EVER.. but it just seems like it’s getting worse with the constant availability of media online.
Entertainment news should NEVER appear with real news. And by real, I mean the ‘lite’ version of real news. Things like death tolls and economic reports should NEVER grace the same headlines with fucking Miley Cyrus. Or Miley fucking Cyrus. Miley Cyrus. A fucking teeny bopper who happens to be fucking other people now that her vagina has seen some road time. And this is news-worthy? CNN [and others] print this along with a ‘mass grave of tourists in Mexico’? How disgusting. Absolutely laughable. Why the fuck do we need to know about Portia de Rossi? Who the fuck is that? CNN should just invert what’s left of their journalistic scrotum and feature the Situation as a correspondent. You can only go down from here.
I hate what mainstream journalism has become. It’s a grotesque stump of the principles it’s supposed to embody. The best I’ve seen among the heap of shit is Rachel Maddow. Within the mainstream, but outside of ‘straight news’, is of course – the Daily Show. How sad is it that a “comedy show” produces the best presidential interview this side of Cronkite?
Outside of ‘mainstream’, there is then the Young Turks. Cenk Uygur is the most reasonable man in America, and it shows. This motherfucker keeps it real, tells you like it is and acknowledges any and all bias he has towards a story. But he sticks to the facts, whichever way they lean and – goddamn – it’s refreshing. No wonder he’s potentially looking at his own show on MSNBC.
Finally, there’s Wikileaks. This is the final bastion for real journalism. Raw, untempered, ugly fuckin information on some shit the blissful would rather stay ignorant of. Bullet holes in an Iraqi 7-year olds head? No, those were drill holes from a torture session. This and thousands of other instances of atrocities and war crimes. Yet we have to stomach the disgusting inclusion of Miley fucking Cyrus in “real” news. Fuck you, mainstream media. I know all the cool kids like Palin & Co. talk a storm of smack on ‘the media’, but holy goddamn if it isn’t for all the wrong reasons.
But Wikileaks – you can tell they’re doing something right when they’re under such scrutiny and intimidation. I get it – it’s an ugly fucking truth, and it’s no wonder that the military doesn’t gleefully release the daily reports of the murder of innocent civilians, and the systematic torture of Iraqi’s by their corrupt police force. But we deserve to know the truth, as long as we’re footing the bill. Where are the fiscal and ‘moral’ conservatives in light of this quagmire to the tune of how many hundreds of billions of dollars and American lives lost (nevermind the hundreds of thousands of civilians – but that number holds a fraction of the value to them)? Oh right, they’re waving their fucking flags and wallowing in their childish nationalism.
Rant is coming to an end. We need Wikileaks to keep these motherfucker’s feet to the fire. This is the last stand for journalism, and I’m absolutely terrified to see what potential truths they unleash next. After reading through some of the horrific details from our current war, and seeing some excellent documentaries on the hidden atrocities – I don’t know how much longer I can stomach paying taxes in this country. I’m paying for this shit – and so are you. We’re contributing to the machine, and while I don’t think it helps to just abandon this great American experiment – we sure as hell are not obligated to keep paying for this war.