Sunday, November 04, 2012

Everything That’s Wrong with Political Journalism

Jay Rosen has been on the journalism faculty at New York University since 1986. Jayis the author of PressThink, a weblog about journalism and its ordeals (, which he introduced in September 2003 a year after Media Dragon was born. So what is the job of a political journalist today? Is it to describe the reality of American politics, as a “straight” reporter would? Or is it to defend reality and its “base” in American politics… more like a fact checker would? Jay was alerted to the find by Alec MacGillis of the New Republic. He was exasperated by this brief report in the Washington Post, which appeared at The Fix, the Post’s top political blog. If you don’t know it, The Fix is a reporting and analysis franchise built around the many talents of Chris Cillizza, a star reporter and key presence on its most important beat: national politics. Everything That’s Wrong with Political Journalism in One Washington Post Item

Though blogging at its best can provide an insightful view from the outside, it has now been subsumed into the mainstream. Five years ago there was an exciting new kid on the writing bock: "blogging". An ugly word – brutish and heavy – it seemed to describe something thrilling and even a little mysterious. Blogging was a new kind of writing, by a new kind of writer, with a new kind of content and a direct relationship to its audiences, who were engaged and vocal in response. It apparently democratised letters but also carved out a new place for the authorial voice. The 18th-century coffee house was being reborn, short circuiting the ponderous processes of paper. The digital writer was re-inventing the commerce of telling stories, advancing opinions and creating a genuinely free marketplace where expression had to fight for its audiences on its own terms. The optimistic view of it was that as "conventional" journalism ebbed from really important parts of our national life, the corruption that inevitably follows a decline in scrutiny could be compensated for, and indeed reversed by the new form.Blogging enriched the Orwell prize, but times have changed

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