I just the other day finished reading the utterly commendable Flat Earth News by Guardian sleuth Nick Davies (now adding his weight to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, for whom I had the pleasure the other week of providing some painstaking, important but very dull work for), and have had it mulling around my head since.
It says so much about the news media when the quote Davies picks comes from the mouth of one of the all time great newsreaders, Kent Brockman of Smartline (that would be of The Simpsons fame, non-appreciat0rs):
“Reporters used to expose corruption and corporate greed. Now, like toothless babies, they suckle at the teat of misinformation and poop it into the diaper called the six-o’clock news.”
In digging out the quote (i.e., so I could just copy and paste it), I came across a page of Brockman gems on the imdb site, such as:
Kent Brockman: Professor, without knowing precisely what the danger is, would you say it’s time for our viewers to crack each other’s heads open and feast on the goo inside?
Professor: Yes I would, Kent.
And for us web-heads:
Kent Brockman: Excuse me, did you see the six o’clock news?
Comic Book Guy: No, I get my news from the internet, like a normal person under seventy. Farewell, dinosaur.
And funded by Fox the whole time. Crazy world.
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