The newspaper era: Professional journalists or just hypocritical boobs? (Bury)

The column itself  “The internet era: Citizen journalists or just boobs? (Mulshine)”  was not as abusive of us as the title suggests and might have been a knee-jerk reaction to the continuing death thoes of the newspaper for which Paul Mulshine works but that does not excuse the blatant idiocy of the premise:

“When enough bloggers take the leap, and start reporting on the statehouse, city council, courts, etc., firsthand, full time, then the Big Media will take notice and the avalanche will begin.”

Or so predicted a blogger by the name of “Instapundit” in a 2005 book titled “An Army of Davids.” He predicted the task of reporting would be taken over by eager amateurs.

“None but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.” – Samuel Johnson

It hasn’t worked out that way. The typical blogger doesn’t want to sit in a zoning board meeting writing about variances. If he’s a left-winger, he’s sitting in front of his computer railing about how the Koch brothers are ruining the ozone layer. If he’s a right-winger, he’s complaining about Benghazi while misspelling it.

This from a newspaper that barely covers 1% of the real stories going on at the local level with about half of that 1% consisting of reprints of official press releases.   Eager amateurs are out there reporting and they are impacting policy in ways that the Star-Ledger would never dare for fear of endangering their legal-ad money.

Mr. Mulshine is not writing for his readers but for those who pay him to distract his readers from their real interests.  That’s the reason he gets paid.  Would a law firm spend some of their disposable income inflated from government contracts on ‘advertising’ in a newspaper that would criticize the means by which they came to possess the income to spend on advertising even if that information would be useful to an unbiased readership?

And as far as left-wingers obsessing about the Koch brothers, this was the lead opinion piece the Star Ledger put out today.

8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by E Jillian Brontee on April 6, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Mulshine has lost many of his followers, myself included. When the author displays rudeness, arrogance and a host of other non-complimentary descriptives, it gets old and boring and allows no motivation to continue when being dissed. When an author deletes replies, yet leaves his own comments in place I don’t bother begging for a second chance, especially when a comment is deleted because they disagree with him or put up a good opposition. He has a job because of the replies, not necessarily for what he spouts.

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    • He used to do worse.

      When he first went online and there was a comment he disagreed with he would go into the comment not only deleting it but replacing it with something like:

      “I am an idiot and I did not understand this column”

      while leaving the username on the comment. He stopped this presumably when someone rightly complained and he was told to.

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      • Posted by E Jillian Brontee on April 6, 2014 at 8:52 pm

        I remember as well. In fact there was a time he was getting 300 or more replies (all bogus) for sure and we were all blogging about that. He had comments from usernames that were unheard of previous and they were coming in ’round the clock. Like it was so obvious he must had had dozens of usernames and he was commenting on his own blog under many different names but it was so overkill.. It got weird and then it just stopped and he was back to a few to no replies. I miss your blogs John. You always had a great dialogue going with so many of us who commented frequently. I was Maxwell and Jesse and most thought I was a guy :)..

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        • Posted by Brian on April 6, 2014 at 10:08 pm

          I echo that comment – it was nice reading John’s blogs in the good ol’ days….

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          • Posted by Anonymous on April 8, 2014 at 2:14 pm

            Yes I think John had the best columns and the most articulated followers. John’s column was a place where real dialogue occurred.

  2. Posted by Javagold on April 8, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    I stopped following him when I called him out about being chummy with Lesniak !!!!!!

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  3. Posted by Anonymous on April 8, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Who cares who he is “chummy” with. The Senator happens to be a good friend of mine as well and I am a staunch conservative. Everything is not about politics nor should we make it so. I don’t care for the Mulshine brand, the attitude and arrogance but who he is “chummy” with I could care less.

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  4. Posted by Javagold on April 8, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Well I care. That’s why I posted it. I don’t care that you don’t care.
    I am anarchist. And despise all statist such as Lesniak. Make sure you tell him next time see your friend.

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