As the 2012 presidential race comes to a close, Larry Sabato gives Howard Kurtz his assessment of how the media performed.
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The news media is in the entertainment business. Even their claim of "writing the first draft of history" is a business strategy for entertaining the public instead of educating voters. Repeatedly switching to today's most important story changes every story into white noise and public amnesia. But the news media could do a better job of educating voters if they provided a second draft of history. This business product would be an annual one week review of events and conditions. The information would be organzied like a teacher would do it instead of a reporter. And if my instructions were followed, it could be very profitable in both the short and long term. And the product could be republished as a print on demand paperback book so people could buy a photographic memory of what their politicians are doing. Which could include extra information so Joe Sixpack and Wanda Winecooler could be inspired to read books that don't always have a happy ending. But even though Howard Kurtz is constantly complaining about the news media's obsession with feeding frenzies, etc, etc, he won't do anything to inprove the how the news media communicates. Larry Sabato is also too stupid to understand how ordinary people use information.
Don't blame the public for killing the messenger of bad news. Americans have come to more intensely agree that news media should act as a watchdog. The 2011 State of the First Amendment Survey showed an increasing number of Americans believed that there were biases in the media. In 2004, only 39% of Americans thought the media try to report without bias; in 2011 this number fell to an alarming 33%. Over the past few years forty-eight percent strongly agreed with this statement in 2009 and this year 54% strongly agreed.
I am a whistleblower who worked in the World Bank's legal department for 20 years, and reported a cover-up of corruption to the Bank's Board of Directors. In 2007 I warned the US Treasury Department and Congress that an accurate stakeholder analysis was predicting that the US would lose the Gentlemen's Agreement to nominate the World Bank President if the US did not play by the rules.
The US press failed to hold Robert Zoellick to account, although the European Parliament and UK Parliament took my testimony. See May 25, 2011 report to the Committee on Budgetary Control of the European Parliament. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/document/activities/cont/201105/20110518ATT19540/20110518ATT19540EN.pdf and two statements concerning false accounting at the World Bank in the UK House of Commons: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmintdev/writev/402/contents.htm and http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmpubadm/writev/publicpolicy/m03.htm
Mr. Zoellick is now Mitt Romney's national security transition planning chief. Anna Stolley Persky writes in the November 2012 Washington Lawyer how it is impossible to detect foreign funding in Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, cofounded by Republican political strategist Karl Rove. The press' failure to fulfill its mandate is about to further lower the US' already lowered credit rating. See, Why is the Press Losing the Trust of the American People? at: http://kahudes.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/press3.pdf
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