Saturday, May 02, 2009
A few days ago, walking into work, I glanced at the full page Boston Herald headline in the Newsbox. In their usual screaming bazillion point all caps typeface, it read --
KILLER FLU STALKS MASSACHUSETTS
How is that level of journalism (or should that be journamalism) any different from that of the local right wing talk show host's, suspended for his H1N1 commentary -- a horriffic xenophobic, misogynistic anti-Mexican screed ?
Insofar as journalism has a mission to benefit the community, both these examples fall irresponsibly, breathtakingly short. They do not benefit. They harm. Harm everything except the corporate bottom line.
If the Boston Globe folds after its 48 hour extension of union talks, we are , to put it bluntly, f**cked.