The news media is a lean, mean enterprise and if we aren’t careful, our thirst for printed pages will mean the demise of the print newspaper, and the very concept of a free press. This is not really a new issue. This applies to both the mainstream media and bloggers, and when I found out about a new breed of journalist a few years ago, I saw the future. This new journalism type has an incredible web component, The New York Times reporter Andrew A. Kaczynski, who joined Ourimes at Right Side Broadcasting Network. Kaczynski specializes in “citizen journalism.”
There are sites like “MethinksCentral.com” and the “Methinks We Must Not Publish” site that attempt to cull, scout, and review these sites, producing “massive roundups of weird and unprecedented facts, news stories, and Web links provided by anonymous sources.”
Bloggers such as Andrew Sullivan and Andrew Breitbart are now able to aggregate this information.
Kaczynski does not care about his name. He is perfectly comfortable creating his own identity and being more concerned with actual news than ever before.
That means breaking stories, breaking news, and breaking heads.
To be honest with you, I just don’t believe in free speech anymore. It seems like every few days we hear of a media outlet taking the information they acquired legally and putting it to use unethically. Who’s going to police the media? Whose going to review the work of all of the amateur bloggers on the Internet?
I never really subscribed to any side. I’ve always believed if you can’t judge a media outlet by their work, then you can’t be trusted. How many times have I seen them puff the portrait of a U.S. ambassador or vice president up and then report wrong information about their relationship? The latest example is Juan Williams who was suspended and vilified for “going off script” because he stated that he thought it was inappropriate for white people to talk about racism and discussing golf with President Obama. So, that brings us to real journalism: The hard-hitting report of the facts, of the truth.
Even Steven Brill himself comes to this view. The Pulitzer Prize winning journalist publicly stated in May that there is a fundamental breakdown in the editorial integrity of the media.
“The only way to think about the media is to think of it as an organization that gives no lip service to journalistic obligation,” Brill told the Crest Newspaper Forum.
It is hard to argue with Brill.
You say “Oh my God, Andrew A. Kaczynski!” But who, really, is this guy? What makes him such a big deal? Let’s take a look at some stories that relate to The Times Reporter:
(2) What is “60 Minutes”? The first and greatest television news broadcast in the history of the world. In many ways, there are two things that differentiate “60 Minutes,” from “60 Minutes II.” “60 Minutes II” has found higher ratings as a result of the inclusion of current affairs segments such as “Faith of Our Fathers,” “The Last Rites of Hanoi” and “Gone To Pot.” However, what makes “60 Minutes” still so important, is “60 Minutes” actually reported the breaking news and not just created a hype around it. “60 Minutes II” has done this for years. With such a large cross section of the American population just waiting to be informed and enlightened, my guess is that CBS will continue to value professionalism and professionalism alone and place money on the maintenance of integrity in their newsroom.
(3) Fear and awe when it comes to fear. According to one website that claims to be a “viral referral database,” 15 million people have made their name, status and phone number public on many of these sites. So, this new kind of journalism is a new type of sharing-capable invasion of privacy. Beware or you may become the next Tommy Hunter.
(4) The devil on the Internet. In most regards, I don’t quite think there is a Devil out there on the Internet. However, it is not difficult to understand the public’s obsession with God, politics, celebrities, and debt. With blogs adding new stories and new thoughts daily, it is only human nature to keep updating.
(5) Role model for how to act. Andrew Kaczynski is a veritable — the internet describes the term perfectly — aspiring what-if’s. Kaczynski lets us know that at any given moment there are dozens of other bloggers working on the same problems and the same issues. Kaczynski himself breaks stories. Kaczynski does not care about his name. He is perfectly comfortable creating his own identity and being more concerned with