September 10, 2004

Lileks on Superscriptgate

I want the forgery scandal to discredit CBS and the New York Times further. This is not schadenfruede: some people still believe what they say and I'll be much happier when they reform or people stop believing their lies.

LILEKS says that it's over for big media but I think he overplays the current dissatisfaction:

I mentioned the story to someone today Ė a friend who has his ideas about politics, of course, but doesnít follow the braided strands of intrigue that thread through the blogosphere. Heís an independent. Ventura voter. Heíd heard about the latest round of National Guard stories, and he couldnít care less. I told him about the forgery rumors; he was amused. Did it change his opinion of CBS? Not really, because he didnít care for them one way or the other. Dan Ratherís news was the Daily Show without the laughs.

Anecdotal evidence, of course, take it for what itís worth. But I think the number of people who regard the evening news as straight truth delivered by disinterested observers, can be numbered in the high dozens. Blogs havenít toppled old media. The foundations of Old Media were rotten already. The new media came along at the right time.


Posted by jk at September 10, 2004 09:53 AM
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