Biting the media in the ass

Here’s the latest wonderful missive from George Simpson:

Before the Internet enabled private citizens to do the kind of research that only academics and journalists had the time (or inclination) to do, big media news lived in an impenetrable castle with only sources and reporters allowed inside. Outside the walls were the great unwashed masses, otherwise known as their audiences.

Although those inside the castle said the formula for what they did was very simply outlined by who, what, where, when, and how, wrapped in a foil of objectivity, the people outside the castle often smelled a rat. When they said, “We thinks we smells a rat, we do,” the people inside the castle said, “That is because you do not understand our business.”

Now the rat is biting those in the castle on their arses.

Do yourself a favor and read the whole thing.

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