Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Obama Presser: New and Old Media React

Never has the case for real journalism, new or old,  been so clear.

Last night the newly elected President of the United States, charged with steering the country through its most dangerous economic crisis since the Great Depression, gave us critical news: without stimulus, crisis would become catastrophe.   And new media guy MNHEADHUNTER twittered  to his 1300 followers, "find annoying the tennis match he always has between teleprompters".    Meanwhile, old media's Chuck Todd , political director and chief White House correspondent for NBC News, showed his ignorance by asking the President how the stimulus will work when customer spending got us in the mess in the first place.  

MNHEADHUNTER is an expert on using social media for recruiting.  Chuck Todd is an expert on U.S. politics.  Neither is an economist.  Neither is a journalist with an understanding of economics.  And so once again we see the need for real journalism; sourced, edited, vetted reporting by knowledgeable experts.  Put it in print.  Put it online.  Just do it right.  


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