Comments: The media harsher on N.O. than the flood

"... why was the news media so quick to unquestioningly believe and spread lurid tales..."

I've been hearing for over 40 years about the declining quality of education. If true, maybe it affects actual people.

Posted by Stephen at October 6, 2005 01:38 PM

Great shot, Stephen! So we are still trying to elevate journalists to "actual people" status! (Too bad they won't cooperate.)

Somehow, though, journalism seems to be drawing from the pool of America's Dumbest to fill their ranks. I just want to know what tests are administered and how badly one has to fail them to qualify as a reporter.

Somewhere, William Randolph Hearts is smiling.

Posted by Debbye at October 7, 2005 07:08 PM

I read an interview with the King of Jordan (I think it was). He was talking about the need to educate and test religious scholars before they become (mullahs or imams or whatever). From memory: "People attend university and if they fail to qualify for what they're trying for, they become Imams or journalists - and we know how well that works out".

The NYT should build it's own Statue of Liberty with a plaque that reads "Give us your rock-stupid . . ."

Posted by Jay at October 8, 2005 05:31 PM

The media always plays up things to catch peoples attention. Unfortunately the don't thing of the consequences.

Posted by Em at October 12, 2005 10:39 PM