In Main Posts on March 12, 2011 at 4:02 am
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Long before mainstream news organizations were hemorrhaging jobs and losing billions of dollars, journalists at some of the nation’s biggest and most respected mainstream news outlets were leaving their newsrooms. Out of the News tells the stories of some of those journalists. In the process, it offers a detailed accounting of the past three decades of journalism, a time when the news industry has undergone dramatic change.
Out of the News captures the voices of the nation’s best journalists as they explain the circumstances that led them away from mainstream reporting and into new endeavors. Wexler, herself a former award-winning journalist, describes their experiences in and out of journalism and presents a fascinating group memoir of these times and their rich, exciting lives.
Their stories are good reads in and of themselves. But their experiences also offer an inside look at the structure of news organizations, and the limited power many journalists have over their own work.
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In Uncategorized on March 10, 2014 at 9:52 pm
On March 5, the mainstream media gave Pope Francis yet another welcoming hug on the first anniversary of his papacy. Francis gave an Italian paper a wide-ranging interview to mark the anniversary. If you read the mainstream the media you would have thought the Pope was his genial, vague self, suggesting just enough openness to conform to the portrait of the man the media would like him to be – charming, winning, and willing to change the church.
Headlines emphasized the Pope’s plea that others not consider him a superman, but just a “normal” guy. The Pope wants you to “get over him” as The Washington Post proclaimed.
They also leapt at his suggestion that maybe the church wouldn’t oppose civil unions for the purpose of ensuring insurance coverage for same-sex couples.
The print media was nothing compared to the broadcast outlets. Panelists – all Catholic — on ABC’s This Week gushed so much, it was embarrassing.
But most reporters buried the lede. In the interview, the Pope, when asked about the pedophilia scandal, viewed the church as a victim. He claimed that most abuse occurs in family situations, and implied that such abuse remains hidden and unaccountable. The church, on the other hand, had been the only public institution to handle the matter with “accountability and transparency,” he said. “And yet the church is the only one attacked.”