I have mentioned Greg Palast before on my blog. Its my belief that hes one of the better journalists alive right now.
In his latest article he talks about how the American media have become so indifferent to the truth that they dont even take the simplest steps to make sure their information is correct or to get at the bigger story.
It seems like infotainment really is how all news today is spun.
From the article:
“IN AN E-MAIL uncovered and released by the House Judiciary Committee
last month, Tim Griffin, once Karl Rove’s right-hand man, gloated that
“no [U.S.] national press picked up” a BBC Television story reporting
that the Rove team had developed an elaborate scheme to challenge the
votes of thousands of African Americans in the 2004 election.
wasn’t exactly right. The Los Angeles Times did run a follow-up article
a few days later in which it reported the findings. But he was essentially
right. Most of the major U.S. newspapers and the vast majority of
television news programs ignored the story even though it came at a
critical moment just weeks before the election.
According to Griffin (who has since been dispatched to Arkansas to
replace one of the U.S. attorneys fired by the Justice Department), the
mainstream media rejected the story because it was wrong.
“That guy is a British reporter who accepted some false allegations and made a story up,” he said.
get one fact straight, Mr. Griffin. “That guy” is not a British
reporter. I am an American living abroad, putting investigative reports
on the air from London for the British Broadcasting Corp.
not going to argue with Rove’s minions about the validity of our
reporting, which led the news in Britain. But I can tell you this: To
the extent that it was ignored in the United States, it wasn’t because
the report was false. It was because it was complicated and murky and
because it required a lot of time and reporting to get to the bottom of
it. In fact, not one U.S. newsperson even bothered to ask me or the BBC
for the data and research we had painstakingly done in our effort to
demonstrate the existence of the scheme.”