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2011-06-12 4:26:02 PM  
As soon as advertising concerns start to dictate the nature of coverage, you have a significant problem.

Well... yeah. It's why we should be headed for something like an endowment-based business model for most news orgs. We're not, but we should be.
 
2011-06-12 4:26:30 PM  
Thankfully, we have the Houston Press.

Best farking investigative journalism out there today.
 
2011-06-12 5:34:50 PM  
http://twitter.com/#!/FoxNews
 
2011-06-12 5:36:04 PM  
Tomorrow morning, I bet the first news stories (not including sports) on the Boston 6am newscasts will either be about Newt Gingrich's people quitting, that missing Indiana college girl, Anthony Weiner or Gabrielle Giffords.
 
2011-06-12 5:36:13 PM  
FCC report concerned about the decline of local investigative journalism and lack of community news stories.

You've allowed massive consolidation of print, radio and TV business and now you're surprised that there is no more decent local coverage?

Ya don't say...
 
2011-06-12 5:38:30 PM  
O RLY? Why don't all you Farkers ask your local paper why they did not report on the big meeting of 500 of America's and Europe's most powerful people which took place this week at the luxurious Suvetta House Hotel in St. Moritz Switzerland, which
made front-page news in every Swiss paper, but was not mentioned in any American paper?
 
2011-06-12 5:39:19 PM  
My local town still has a paper, so why should I worry?
 
2011-06-12 5:41:50 PM  

Churchy LaFemme: FCC report concerned about the decline of local investigative journalism and lack of community news stories.

You've allowed massive consolidation of print, radio and TV business and now you're surprised that there is no more decent local coverage?

Ya don't say...


if voting were enabled, you'd win.
 
2011-06-12 5:43:34 PM  
Investigative journalism? You mean, where a journalist spends several weeks connecting the dots on a story about the chicanery and corruption of a political figure? Where a journalist pieces together the venal, self-serving tactics of well-to-do power brokers? Where a journalist puts together disparate facts that points to a large corporation having misled consumers and abused the public weal?

I hate to break it to you, but we've been fresh out of that for some time now.
 
2011-06-12 5:46:54 PM  
Mergers between mega-conglomerates is bad for local content?

Who knew?
 
2011-06-12 5:49:35 PM  
So, maybe the government should support NPR and/or PBS?

/tell me it ain't so
 
2011-06-12 6:03:14 PM  

Churchy LaFemme: FCC report concerned about the decline of local investigative journalism and lack of community news stories.

You've allowed massive consolidation of print, radio and TV business and now you're surprised that there is no more decent local coverage?

Ya don't say...


Thank you, Ronald Reagan.
 
2011-06-12 6:06:59 PM  
STFU and GTF back to letting cable companies buy everything FCC.
$$$$$$$
 
2011-06-12 6:10:02 PM  
RubberBabyBuggyBumpers - Churchy LaFemme: FCC report concerned about the decline of local investigative journalism and lack of community news stories.

You've allowed massive consolidation of print, radio and TV business and now you're surprised that there is no more decent local coverage?

Ya don't say...



Thank you, Ronald Reagan.



You guys just haven't given it enough time yet. Any minute now, a rash of competition is going to bust out and leave the people with more choices and selection than they've ever dreamed about, just like Reagan and his buddies promised.

Maybe you should kill a few more regulations to hasten the process!
 
2011-06-12 6:13:39 PM  
Patch.com
 
2011-06-12 6:18:36 PM  

SchlingFocker: Thankfully, we have the Houston Press.

Best farking investigative journalism out there today.


Gotta have my Hair Balls...

On another note, it was the farking FCC that in 1992, upped the amount of consolidated ownership of radio and TV stations in a single market. The end result was syndication and homogeneous programming. Not just music, but news as well.

Kidd Kraddick takes over for a popular DJ team in Houston tomorrow. 4 people got the axe. And you wonder why local news has gone away? Get a clue FRANK.
 
2011-06-12 6:21:20 PM  
IF you want to actually know about local things, thats what bloggers and youtubers are for. The local news is great for telling you what in your house will KILL YOU and what the other fluff piece they have for tonight is.
 
2011-06-12 6:22:50 PM  
America stopped expecting the truth from television in the Nixon administration.
 
2011-06-12 6:24:18 PM  
Is local news dead? Get the whole story...tonight at 11.
 
2011-06-12 6:44:42 PM  
-Thank 30 years of conservative 'Liberal Media' bashing for that...
 
2011-06-12 6:46:14 PM  

Churchy LaFemme: FCC report concerned about the decline of local investigative journalism and lack of community news stories.

You've allowed massive consolidation of print, radio and TV business and now you're surprised that there is no more decent local coverage?

Ya don't say...


they've also allowed any standards and practices we once had to be trampled underfoot.
 
2011-06-12 6:55:40 PM  
In a related story, FCC has allowed Comcast to buy the internet. Consumer rates and endless cable ads explode,
 
2011-06-12 6:57:37 PM  
Investigative journalism pretty much peaked with Watergate. It's all been downhill since.
 
2011-06-12 6:58:19 PM  
All about the Benjamins.

Don't worry about the war -
I'll give you a war -
you give me a story -
Hearst

Has ALWAYS been about the Benjamins
 
2011-06-12 7:04:28 PM  

theorellior: Investigative journalism? You mean, where a journalist spends several weeks connecting the dots on a story about the chicanery and corruption of a political figure? Where a journalist pieces together the venal, self-serving tactics of well-to-do power brokers? Where a journalist puts together disparate facts that points to a large corporation having misled consumers and abused the public weal?

I hate to break it to you, but we've been fresh out of that for some time now.


And where on the day they publish 5000 bloggers remove the byline, copy the story and spice it up with an unrelated stolen picture to drive web traffic? Yeah, investigative journalism is pretty much dead, no one wants to subsidize it anymore.
 
2011-06-12 7:11:11 PM  
Well, that and we seem to be very busy passing laws to scare the crap out of some of the best sources for investigative journalism- you know, those whistleblowers and dirty, dirty spies...

Lemme see... Ah! Here we go: Daniel Ellsberg: All the crimes Richard Nixon committed against me are now legal (new window)
 
2011-06-12 7:16:42 PM  

ski9600: So, maybe the government should support NPR and/or PBS?


Because they do so much local news reporting. I mean, I see live trucks running around the community all the farking time. I live about five blocks from the courts and city hall, and they're out there pretty much 0430-2300 prepping live shots. Every day. No sign of EyewitnessActionNewsChannel # taking action on your side. Only PBS. When locals have a consumer affairs issue, the PBS affiliate is always on the tips of their tongues about who'll solve it. /facepalm Station management won't let Ric report on the waste of taxpayer money that is the average PBS outfit.

The bigger issue is twofold: decline in advertising dollars due to the sorry state of housing and auto sales, and difficulty in finding people who'll work for peanuts. I mean, infobabe now has a BA in Broadcast Journalism. She paid $95K for that puppy. Ain't no farkin' way she's going to take a gig that requires her to be in at work at 0330, and pays $19K/yr.

/Same deal with newspapers and radio
//This is more partisan political nonsense from the FCC; Change we need.
 
2011-06-12 7:17:04 PM  
Then maybe you people should DO YOUR FARKING JOBS and break up the media monopolies.
 
2011-06-12 7:17:29 PM  
It's not local news fault, it's the Olive Garden/Michael Bay mentality of America.

They are only catering to needs and wants of the mouth breathers who watch it.

/Idiocracy FTW
 
2011-06-12 7:24:31 PM  
I work for a local newspaper. We have been restructuring for years to try to stay competitive. There is no point in printing national or even state stories, since people can easily get those from larger metro papers or news websites. That leaves local stories, which aren't interesting enough to get picked up by larger sources. Community papers will continue to occupy the local niche for some time to come, as bloggers either aren't interested or lack the credibility to build a following. But with ad revenue in almost continuous decline, small papers don't have the resources to fund a truly investigative piece. The risk that nothing will materialize is just too great to justify the expense.
 
2011-06-12 7:26:21 PM  

mikdeetx: SchlingFocker: Thankfully, we have the Houston Press.

Best farking investigative journalism out there today.

Gotta have my Hair Balls...

On another note, it was the farking FCC that in 1992, upped the amount of consolidated ownership of radio and TV stations in a single market. The end result was syndication and homogeneous programming. Not just music, but news as well.

Kidd Kraddick takes over for a popular DJ team in Houston tomorrow. 4 people got the axe. And you wonder why local news has gone away? Get a clue FRANK.


What's radio?

Just kidding... I do sympathize. I don't really see TV being in trouble the same way radio is though.
 
2011-06-12 7:32:55 PM  

olddinosaur: O RLY? Why don't all you Farkers ask your local paper why they did not report on the big meeting of 500 of America's and Europe's most powerful people which took place this week at the luxurious Suvetta House Hotel in St. Moritz Switzerland, which
made front-page news in every Swiss paper, but was not mentioned in any American paper?


Because the Bilderberg group has been meeting for decades?

/put your tin foil hat back in the drawer, an stop listening to Alex Jones.
 
2011-06-12 7:34:47 PM  

Churchy LaFemme: FCC report concerned about the decline of local investigative journalism and lack of community news stories.

You've allowed massive consolidation of print, radio and TV business and now you're surprised that there is no more decent local coverage?

Ya don't say...


Completely and incontrovertibly, this.
/thread
 
2011-06-12 7:36:49 PM  

ensign_noname: Because the Bilderberg group has been meeting for decades?

/put your tin foil hat back in the drawer, an stop listening to Alex Jones.


To be sure, you could publish an interesting article about the meeting without making it all tinfoilhatty.
 
2011-06-12 7:44:10 PM  
Thankfully we have Andrew Brietbart.

/too late???
 
2011-06-12 7:45:41 PM  
Who cares? Obama never should have created the FCC in the first place. Classic overstep if I've ever seen it.
 
2011-06-12 7:47:02 PM  

hundreddollarman: Investigative journalism pretty much peaked with Watergate. It's all been downhill since.


Not really. Interest in investigative journalism, sure. But there are plenty of good investigative journalists out there, publishing riveting stories. It's just that no one seems interested in seeking them out.
 
2011-06-12 7:51:15 PM  
Well, we HAVE had some fun here in Georgia with our Governor and his nepotistic ways. Only it doesn't seem like enough farks are being given for the story to get real traction.

And this is on top of his negotiated bankruptcy/loan settlement.

Yeah. It's still about the Benjamins.
 
2011-06-12 7:51:43 PM  

Ed Finnerty: Who cares? Obama never should have created the FCC in the first place. Classic overstep if I've ever seen it.


Fried Chicken Commission?
 
2011-06-12 7:54:04 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Ed Finnerty: Who cares? Obama never should have created the FCC in the first place. Classic overstep if I've ever seen it.

Fried Chicken Commission?


That is more racist than an Asian spitting dog bones at a Mexican stripper dancing for sharpies.
 
2011-06-12 7:59:58 PM  
Well seeing as "news" around here these days seems to be the idiot supervisor who cussed out the sheriff again or a story about a missing donkey (yes, my local station really aired a full package about a missing jackass), I don't give a rip about it and I'd rather hear the AP wire. At least that's usually real news and actually relevant to a majority of viewers.

/Mississippi
//get me out of here
 
2011-06-12 8:07:12 PM  
here's a good piece on the current state of "journalism" and our "democracy"


"The greatest change in politics in my time has been the transformation of democracy, America, from a citizens' society, the moral agency of all those people in the civil rights movement who stood up against the weight of authority and against persecution and acted as agents of change-the change from a citizens' society to a consumer society, where most of us are caught up on that treadmill, trying to get more,"

"Public broadcasting, which remains a place that treats you as a citizen and not a consumer, is also threatened. We must defend it. We must call it back to its heights. We must continue to support it, because without it, we're at the mercy, totally, of corporate power."
 
2011-06-12 8:13:18 PM  

Self_Manifesto: I work for a local newspaper. We have been restructuring for years to try to stay competitive. There is no point in printing national or even state stories, since people can easily get those from larger metro papers or news websites.


National stories I can see...but skipping the state stories? I don't know whether you mean "elsewhere in the state" or "state government" there, but state government is where the seriously juicy shiat is.

In my experience that's where you find the biggest corruption. Weiner notwithstanding, members of Congress are too visible to get too deep into the major sleaze, and the dirty ones almost always maintain barely-plausible deniability (see Murtha) so you can never quite lay a finger on them.

Local level politicians are too close to the people they serve to do more than penny-ante small town mischief...but get to the state capitol? Holy fark, it's a sleaze gold mine.
 
2011-06-12 8:33:41 PM  
I was watching local news and noticed they completely missed the Joplin tornado the day it happened.
 
2011-06-12 8:38:27 PM  

ensign_noname: olddinosaur: O RLY? Why don't all you Farkers ask your local paper why they did not report on the big meeting of 500 of America's and Europe's most powerful people which took place this week at the luxurious Suvetta House Hotel in St. Moritz Switzerland, which
made front-page news in every Swiss paper, but was not mentioned in any American paper?

Because the Bilderberg group has been meeting for decades?

/put your tin foil hat back in the drawer, an stop listening to Alex Jones.


General Keith Alexander, 4 stars and chairman of the NSA, is there, as is Defense Sec'y Robert Gates.

If people who work for me are doing something, I have a right to know what it is.

I have also yet to hear any lefty presses gripe that the Saudis have quietly bought up a $2 billion interest in Fox News ("---we report; you decide---but THEY decide what we report!"), or that the right-wing Washington Times is owned by the Moonies.

BTW, Alex Jones does not entertain me, I read this in the Zuricher Tageblatt, one of Switzerland's largest newspapers. They report, even members of Swiss Parliament cannot get close to the site, despite Switzerland's long history of tolerance of dissent, which dates back to the days of Wilhelm Tell.

These days, if I didn't read two foreign languages and check the foreign press, I would never know what is going on.
 
2011-06-12 8:46:21 PM  
Granted, I've never lived anywhere else, but Philly still does a good job of covering local stuff. They mention national stories, but the majority of their newscasts is local news. I like that, cause I can always go online and get the national and world news.

/most of the stories are homicides, but hey, they're local ones!
 
2011-06-12 9:07:50 PM  
The FCC apparently has no sense of irony, or any perspective on their own history.
 
2011-06-12 9:09:52 PM  
TODAY'S HMEWORK ASSIGNMENT:

Check the printed news, the radios, the TV and the Innertubes, and answer two questions:

1. How much time is going to reporting $61 trillion in unfunded liabilities which your children will have to pay?

2. How much time is devoted to covering the antics of some Congresscritter who sent pictures of his dork to some chick?

I rest my case.
 
2011-06-12 9:42:18 PM  
There was one local news source I have seen that asked hard questions regarding the specifics of how red light cameras were installed and function. It was NPR.

The other local news sourced played three second soundbytes from city council members and law enforcement PR contacts. It was not explored further than that.

But they did make time for the cute story about that dog that adopted those orphaned kittens. That was sooo cute.
 
2011-06-12 9:43:27 PM  

olddinosaur: TODAY'S HMEWORK ASSIGNMENT:

Check the printed news, the radios, the TV and the Innertubes, and answer two questions:

1. How much time is going to reporting $61 trillion in unfunded liabilities which your children will have to pay?

2. How much time is devoted to covering the antics of some Congresscritter who sent pictures of his dork to some chick?

I rest my case.


I am convinced that #2 happened to take the sheeple's mind off #1.
 
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