How Hilary’s “Overheating” Changed the History of Journalism (though she & the MSM don’t know it yet)
I have an unusual methodology for my news-gathering the last several years. For one thing I absolutely despise all forms of advertising, having been shouted at, insulted and lied to for enough of a half-century-plus lifetime that finally I stopped many years ago having cable or satellite or ever listening to commercial radio (the very WORST, most grating form of advertising ever).
Since the early 80s I had been a longtime NPR listener but in recent years that too has become so giggly, trivial and softcore that I drifted away from my daily All Things Considered habit eventually too. I never was much of a newspaper reader anyway and now all they are is just an afterthought of their more bulked-up online coverage.
And, I’m one of like eight people in the species who never wanted anything to do with farcebook, that PC empire run by a fratboy hacker with a power complex.
So now, I mostly rely on Twitter, scanning entirely at my own discretion a selection of mainstream and blogospheric outlets for as broad a cross-section of views as possible on anything I think is crucial enough to read into further.
What happened last Sunday in the streets of New York City during the 9/11 memorial with candidate Hilary, was as watershed an event in journalism history as I ever saw: Fox broke a cautious, content-free story with no relevant video saying only that this First Woman President-designate had “seemed to” have some kind of medical problem and left the scene. Oh? So I looked further, and at first the other MSM outlets followed suit with verbatim repeats of Fox’s piece plus — — well, nothing.
Then within an hour of the Fox story, smart-phone videos of Hilary’s sack-of-potatoes moment being loaded like a dead thing into her disability van began to go viral. Then one unconventional venue after another began to add what factual detail they could;
only after what was certainly a major news event had taken on a life of its own, outside the major networks, involving an ongoing stack of doubts about the candidate’s health, did the MSMs begin to expand their coverage,
relying almost entirely on the phone videos they couldn’t make go away, to try and conventionalize the story into yet another “everything’s fine” spin on this very dubious politician.
And the rest, of course, thanks to ordinary people using the tech at their fingertips to be sure and not let the big guys bury the story as they tend to do, is history.
And today, the major networks are STILL trying to spin the story down to a hiccup level, taking the improvised and doubtable claims on her condition from her team at face value, all the while filling up the feeds with one version after another of why “basket of deplorables” (a days-old story amounting to ancient history in the internet age) was really not the hysterical outburst of a failing lunatic that it obviously was.
Social media, like it or not, factual or not, accurate or not — or both (usually the case) — IS the future of news and journalism, whether anyone is ready for it, or not.
Hilary Clinton certainly isn’t, or she never would have run away like a 1970s banana-republic dictator to her army of security operatives (from streets packed with more qualified emergency medical personnel than ever before in the history of public events, by the way).