Andrew Colton And "Boca News Now" Get In The Business of Smearing Their Own Credibility

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Would you be surprised to learn that a journalist is acting like an eager censor?

You shouldn't be. First, any disturbed freak can call himself a "journalist" and any lunatic can set up a website and call it a newspaper. You can't expect people who call themselves journalists will display the judgment or professionalism of professional "mainstream" journalists. Second, you can't expect competence, honesty, decency, or professionalism from "mainstream" journalists in the first place. Third, even even "mainstream journalists" can develop a taste for censorship when criticized; it's a moral and civic failing common amongst all professions.

So we shouldn't be surprised that the guy running a "news site" called "Boca News Now" is trying, to the best of his modest abilities, to be a censor.

The story starts with the tragic death of a man named Timothy Van Orden, who was hit by a car and killed as he rode his bike along a highway in Boca Raton, Florida. After an initial report about the death, Boca News Now chose to run a story titled ""Biker Van Orden, Killed In Boca, Had Lengthy Record." It contained two paragraphs about Van Orden's record including this:

Court records confirm what tipsters told BocaNewsNow.com after we reported his death. Van Orden, 41, spent considerable time in the Palm Beach County Jail and was in and out of trouble with the law for more than a decade. Charges against him ranged from drug possession to battery. Many of the allegations were not prosecuted by the Palm Beach State Attorney's Office, although the third DUI conviction landed him with a 30 day jail sentence and the ten year license suspension.

Many people found this bizarre and offensive. One can imagine reporting the deceased's criminal record if, for instance, he died in a fight and there was a question about who started it. You can imagine a journalist doing a life-struggle story about how someone's fight to better himself after a history of convictions was cut short by tragedy. You can imagine a journalist writing about somebody's criminal history if their credibility was an issue in the case. You can imagine a journalist doing a story about a victim's background if it was somehow unusual or notable, like a notorious criminal. But responding to a traffic death with an article that does nothing but say "look at this dead guy's mundane criminal record" strikes me as odd and repulsive. If it is "journalism," is is not the sort anybody should feel bound to respect.

Many commenters at Boca News Now thought so too. Many commenters wondered why the site focused on a run-down victim's record and didn't say anything about the person who run him down, including anything about the status of any investigation into the death. Someone at Boca News Now angrily shut down comments and defended the story, again oddly:

Folks,

We are shutting down comments for this story at 11pm. Your voices have been heard and rest assured, we will continue to publish information concerning the driver just as soon as it is officially released. While many of you are passionate and angry at BocaNewsNow.com for what you perceive to be a one sided story, understand that investigators are very methodical about what can and can not be released to the public for fear of jeopardizing a case.

We will not be a party to publishing accusations and innuendo today that could result in a potential case being ruined tomorrow.

That is what many of you are asking us to do.

Mr. Van Orden’s record — like it or not — will almost assuredly be a factor in any future case. It will likely be released with even more details by defense attorneys should charges be filed. It’s not a secret. There is nothing to hide.

For those of you who continue to post on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere, consider whether your posts could end up helping the driver’s defense, should a criminal or civil defense be needed.

And note: there is no conspiracy, we have not been paid off, the government is not involved, a NJ Congressman has not ordered us to run anything (nor could he nor would we), our parent company is not involved in this case at all, and the Boca Raton Police Department is not caving into political pressure.

Justice — in the real world — doesn’t happen in 48 minutes like it does on TV. Justice in a Palm Beach County Vehicular Homicide case — if that’s what this becomes — often takes a year.

-BocaNewsNow

These are the words of someone who is (1) lying, (2) making shit up out of anger, or (3) swollen with unjustified confidence that they understand the criminal justice system when in fact they have no grasp of it whatsoever. In fact, if the driver were criminally prosecuted for killing Mr. Van Orden, absent any indication that Mr. Van Orden was intoxicated and that his intoxication had a role in the accident, there is almost no chance that his criminal record would be admitted in a prosecution. It's irrelevant and unfairly prejudicial. Boca News Now's suggestion it is not reporting about the driver to avoid "jeopardizing a case" is incoherent and ridiculous, since Boca News Now seems was gratuitously reporting an auto accident victim's record in a way that seems indifferent to the impact on the jury pool, if not calculated to inform a jury pool of irrelevant and inadmissible information. The suggestion that people writing about this will somehow "help the driver's defense" is nonsensical.

Enter Reddit. Reddit has a bicycling subreddit, and there's an angry thread there about the Boca News Now article and the lack of prosecution of the driver. Eventually redditors figured out that Boca News Now is founded by a journalist named Andrew Colton:

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The website is just a few days old, but BocaNewsNow.com is quickly distinguishing itself as the go-to source for news and information in Boca Raton, Florida. Founded as an experiment by former network news correspondent Andrew Colton, the site is receiving thousands of hits from residents and Boca-enthusiasts seeking information about what’s happening in South Palm Beach County.

Colton has a "litigation communication" consulting company:

About Andrew Colton

Andrew Colton is considered to be the leading producer nationally of high-impact litigation settlement documentaries and “day in the life videos.” Attorneys retain Colton to benefit from his story telling and production expertise honed during years spent as an award winning national correspondent for ABC News and CBS Newspath.

One redditor summarized Colton's background, consulting, and connections and said this:

The owner of this news organization is Mr. Colton who is in the business of smearing victims and helping the accused avoid the consequences of their actions. He uses his ownership of the Boca News to help him achieve his goals!

Andrew Colton didn't like that. Andrew Colton began contacting people crying defamation, and someone at Boca News Now penned a remarkable editorial. By "remarkable" I mean "whiny, unprofessional, and consistent with head injury or dementia." The Boca News Now doubled down on its defense of its hey-look-at-the-dead-guy's-convictions story:

he reason is quite simple: Boca Raton police are still investigating the accident and we do not want to publish rumor or innuendo if it could jeopardize a case. We speak with Boca PD several times a week on this issue. We have no regrets and have published nothing that is incorrect.

Again, this is sheer nonsense. Journalists report on the existence of an investigation all the time. Done professionally, it doesn't threaten any resulting prosecution. The only thing likely to taint any case here is Boca News Now's bizarre decision to run a gratuitous profile of a victim's criminal record, details that would not be admissible in any prosecution of the driver.

Boca News Now takes childish swipes at Reddit. I've noticed something: sooner or later born censors inevitably go to the "you have too much time on your hands" line.

In the “Biker” community on Reddit.com, an online forum where it seems many have little else to do than comment on news articles involving bikes, we were chastised.

Boca News Now claims it is being smeared:

What isn’t fine is that one poster published false and defamatory claims about BocaNewsNow.com. Specifically, that the news site is paid by attorneys to “smear” opposing parties in litigation. It’s just not true.

But look again, Boca News Now. That's not what the poster said. Once again, he said:

The owner of this news organization is Mr. Colton who is in the business of smearing victims and helping the accused avoid the consequences of their actions. He uses his ownership of the Boca News to help him achieve his goals!

Boca News Now then details its efforts to track down people at Reddit and threaten them into taking the comment down. Boca News Now — mind you, putatively a journalist site — is shocked and appalled that Reddit asserts its rights under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, perhaps the most important law governing web site rights, which provides that web sites are not liable for what their commenters say:

But incredibly, at 1am this morning, we received a letter from young associate Joseph Farris at the San Francisco Law Firm of Goodwin Procter, telling us that Reddit.com is protected under the Communications Decency Act and we should stop bothering Reddit. The comment he says — even though it is completely incorrect — will remain.

"Incredibly, the lawyers for the web site I ineffectually threatened cited the operative law that protects them, instead of yielding to my bumptiousness!"

So. Does Andrew Colton have a valid defamation claim?

He does not.

A statement of opinion that cannot reasonably be read as conveying false undisclosed facts is absolutely protected by the First Amendment. An opinion can be constitutionally protected because it states something that can't be interpreted as a factual claim ("Andrew Colton is a douchebag") or it can be constitutionally protected because it states an opinion based on facts that are fully disclosed ("Based on the things these links show Andrew Colton doing, I think he is censorious.") As one Florida court put it:

Pure opinion is based upon facts that the communicator sets forth in a publication, or that are otherwise known or available to the reader or the listener as a member of the public. Mixed opinion is based upon facts regarding a person or his conduct that are neither stated in the publication nor assumed to exist by a party exposed to the communication. Rather the communicator implies that a concealed or undisclosed set of defamatory facts would confirm his opinion. Morse v. Ripken, 707 So.2d 921, 922 (Fla. 4th DCA 1998)

The Reddit post and comment in question disclose all the facts that form the basis of the opinion, including links to Colton's consulting firm and the Boca News Now article in question. The statement "Mr. Colton who is in the business of smearing victims and helping the accused avoid the consequences of their actions" can be taken to refer to the business of Boca News Now, in which case it is an absolutely protected statement of opinion based on the linked Boca News Now article gratuitously and oddly running an entire article about the irrelevant criminal record of a possible crime victim.1 To the extent the comment is implying that Mr. Colton uses his web site to advance his consulting business, either by helping existing clients by attacking potential litigation adversaries or as marketing by displaying "look what I can do for you," it is also opinion based on disclosed facts. Nothing in the Reddit comment implies the commenter is privy to undisclosed facts. Rather the comment links the facts and opines on them. Reasonable people may think the conclusion is unwarranted — there's no indication that Colton's firm does criminal defense work, an in fact the site suggests he focuses on civil plaintiff's work — but that does not make it less of a protected opinion.

It's odd that Andrew Colton, a journalist with a respectable background, doesn't know this already. Perhaps he does. He will not enjoy learning it for the first time in a motion to dismiss. I will not hesitate to light the Popehat Signal to find pro bono counsel for the defendants in any case arising from this nonsense. Good relations with the Floridians I have.

Boca New Now, which already resembles the sort of site on which colloidal silver is sold, has little credibility to squander. Andrew Colton has far more. His behavior here is an embarrassment, particularly if he has anything to do with any of Boca News Now's statements. (I hope not. The quality of writing at Boca News Now is more consistent with his having assigned it to a troublesome and untalented relative.)

He should reconsider his course of action.

  1. To the extent the author means to imply that helping defense lawyers defend their clients is "helping the accused avoid the consequences of their actions," it is douchey servile prosecutor-fluffing, but no less protected.  

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  1. Matthew Cline  •  Sep 14, 2013 @12:28 pm

    In fact, if the driver were criminally prosecuted for killing Mr. Van Orden, absent any indication that Mr. Van Orden was intoxicated and that his intoxication had a role in the accident, there is almost no chance that his criminal record would be admitted in a prosecution.

    Maybe he thinks that people with Van Orden's criminal record are horribly unskilled when it comes to being a bicyclist, and it was his horrid bicycling skills which led to the accident? It's the only other thing I can think of which would lead him to say the things he said.

    Also, I really hope Andrew Colton comes here to defend himself. *crosses fingers*

  2. Chris  •  Sep 14, 2013 @12:30 pm

    He should reconsider his course of action.

    He should govern himself accordingly.

  3. Aiede  •  Sep 14, 2013 @12:39 pm

    I especially like "young associate Joseph Farris," as if his age has a bearing on the validity of his Section 230 cite.

  4. Matthew Cline  •  Sep 14, 2013 @12:39 pm

    He should govern himself accordingly.

    While snorting taint.

    And molesting a squirrel.

  5. Windypundit  •  Sep 14, 2013 @1:03 pm

    "douchey servile prosecutor-fluffing"

    Sigh. It's these little touches that make Popehat so wonderful.

  6. naught_for_naught  •  Sep 14, 2013 @1:08 pm

    Has Mr. Colton been able to account for his whereabouts at the time of the accident?

  7. Jack B.  •  Sep 14, 2013 @1:16 pm

    Andrew Colton is considered to be the leading producer nationally of high-impact litigation settlement documentaries and “day in the life videos.” Attorneys retain Colton to benefit from his story telling and production expertise honed during years spent as an award winning national correspondent for ABC News and CBS Newspath.

    A decent video camera, some cheap lighting, some stock sappy music and a modicum of editing skills, and you, too, can make these "day in the life" videos. The hardest part of these clips is picking out the appropriate royalty-free music.

  8. Dan T.  •  Sep 14, 2013 @1:30 pm

    I live in Boca… it's a shame that when this place gets in the news it's usually connected with some sort of sleaze.

  9. naught_for_naught  •  Sep 14, 2013 @1:32 pm

    @Jack B.

    Don't forget the slow-motion montage of the defendant rescuing kittens from trees, loading groceries for little old ladies and repairing the bikes of neighbor kids who all go on to become NFL quarterbacks and Presidents of these United States — all to the heart-warming strains of Amazing Grace played the bagpipes.

  10. Analee  •  Sep 14, 2013 @1:58 pm

    @Matthew Cline,

    If Coltom snorts a squirrel's taint, he can do both of your suggestions at once!

  11. JT  •  Sep 14, 2013 @2:02 pm

    Even Colton's Wikipedia page has conflict of interest warnings.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Colton

  12. Lizard  •  Sep 14, 2013 @2:22 pm

    Would you be surprised to learn that a journalist is acting like an eager censor?

    About as surprised as I'd be to find an anti-gay preacher was caught in a gay sex scandal. About as surprised as I'd be to find a guy who believes in one provably whackdoodle thing also believes in a whole bunch of other whackdoodle things. About as surprised as I'd be to have any series I like canceled halfway through the first season. I think you get the drift.

    This article is one more datapoint towards my belief that there needs to be costs and penalties with filing baseless lawsuits, ones which can be inflicted quickly and easily by the targets of such with minimal investment of resources/legal know-how. How this could be accomplished, I have no idea.

  13. Artor  •  Sep 14, 2013 @2:29 pm

    I have to wonder about motives. Why is Colton getting so defensive about this particular case? It would be very interesting if he were found to have a financial relationship with the driver involved. Or if he was the driver himself. In any case, it seems Colton is unaware of either Barbara Streisand, or the First Rule of Holes, so I expect we'll be hearing more of him.

  14. Jack B.  •  Sep 14, 2013 @2:43 pm

    Don't forget the slow-motion montage of the defendant rescuing kittens from trees, loading groceries for little old ladies and repairing the bikes of neighbor kids who all go on to become NFL quarterbacks and Presidents of these United States — all to the heart-warming strains of Amazing Grace played the bagpipes

    Years ago I worked for a video production company and once my boss was working on one of those "day in the life" videos. Sadly, the victim was a veteran and the clip contained footage from his military funeral. My boss had to splice in a recorded version of "Taps" because the live version played at the funeral was so awful that it initially inspired cringing, then laughter.

  15. trnsz  •  Sep 14, 2013 @2:53 pm

    Thank you all for the support.

    As far as I am aware the driver in this case remains at large and has not been arrested or charged but an investigation is still ongoing.

    I'd be willing to cease this battle completely if Mr. Colton would retract and remove the articles in question that have so upset the local community.

    Tim, you will not be forgotten and I'll keep fighting for you just like you would for me.

  16. Renee Marie Jones  •  Sep 14, 2013 @2:58 pm

    Thomas Jefferson tried to censor critics after he was elected President. Ben Franklin used to print all sorts of lies if it suited him. You can't swing a dead cat in this country without hitting a hypocrite.

  17. Jack B.  •  Sep 14, 2013 @3:06 pm

    Ben Franklin used to print all sorts of lies if it suited him.

    Relevant link

  18. TomB  •  Sep 14, 2013 @3:25 pm

    Relevant link

    My God that is funny.

    Franklin was a absolute howl.

  19. TomB  •  Sep 14, 2013 @3:28 pm

    colloidal silver

    I'm glad you mentioned this.

    Anybody know how long this blue coloring will last?

    I'm tired of looking like a smurf.

  20. James Pollock  •  Sep 14, 2013 @3:29 pm

    "This article is one more datapoint towards my belief that there needs to be costs and penalties with filing baseless lawsuits, ones which can be inflicted quickly and easily by the targets of such with minimal investment of resources/legal know-how. How this could be accomplished, I have no idea."

    Drone technology combined with NSA surveillance. (And you thought those two could ONLY be used for EVIL!)

  21. Nat Gertler  •  Sep 14, 2013 @3:29 pm

    The criminal record is very relevant if he was trying to ram the car off the road with his bicycle. Otherwise, no. At best, filthy exploitative journalism. At worst…

  22. Rob  •  Sep 14, 2013 @4:16 pm

    Jack B. • Sep 14, 2013 @3:06 pm

    Ben Franklin used to print all sorts of lies if it suited him.

    Relevant link

    Also relevant.

  23. Mark - Lord of the Albino Squirrels  •  Sep 14, 2013 @5:18 pm

    That "remarkable" editorial from Boca News Now was priceless. I especially liked this part at the end:

    "Posting comments? Note that ip addresses are logged and may, at the discretion of the publisher, be shared with law enforcement in unique situations."

    As moderation policies go – especially for a "newspaper" – that's a bit… intense.

  24. Fasolt  •  Sep 14, 2013 @6:13 pm

    "Posting comments? Note that ip addresses are logged and may, at the discretion of the publisher, be shared with law enforcement in unique situations."

    What might those unique situations be? Felony ButtHurt? Criminal Mockery?

  25. Dion starfire  •  Sep 14, 2013 @6:36 pm

    Could somebody explain how/why the following two phrases (quoted from the post who quoted it from … ) aren't saying the same thing? I can not see the difference in this context.

    Specifically, that the news site is paid by attorneys to “smear” opposing parties in litigation.

    The owner of this news organization is Mr. Colton who is in the business of smearing victims and helping the accused avoid the consequences of their actions. He uses his ownership of the Boca News to help him achieve his goals!

  26. wgering  •  Sep 14, 2013 @6:53 pm

    He should govern himself accordingly.

    While snorting taint.

    And molesting a squirrel.

    All whilst riding a pony.

    @Fasolt: I believe the technical term is "First Degree Butthurt."

  27. Stephen H  •  Sep 14, 2013 @7:13 pm

    That Wikipedia page is hilarious. It should stay, but most of it needs to be replaced with information about the Streisand Effect.

  28. Fasolt  •  Sep 14, 2013 @8:39 pm

    @wgering-Right you are. :)

  29. Careless  •  Sep 14, 2013 @9:35 pm

    But incredibly, at 1am this morning, we received a letter

    I don't know, I'd be pretty surprised to receive a letter at 1 am.

  30. David  •  Sep 14, 2013 @10:48 pm

    "an online forum where it seems many have little else to do than comment on news articles involving bikes"

    So their position is that the drivel they post is totally devoid of anything that people should want to talk about?

    "For those of you who continue to post on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere, consider whether your posts could end up helping the driver’s defense"

    I see. Did THEY consider whether their article could help the driver's defense? Or do they think a Facebook post has more impact than an article on their news site?

    In sum, their site appears to have no impact and is not worth talking about, and that seems to be THEIR take.

  31. Bob K  •  Sep 15, 2013 @5:11 am

    Rumor has it years ago Colton and the evil biker were schoolmates. Although Colton outweighed that nasty biker kid by 25 pounds, for some reason the biker kid always ended up with Colton's lunch money.

  32. piperTom  •  Sep 15, 2013 @6:04 am

    Please excuse the tangent, but Ken poked at my sore spot: "…there is almost no chance that [victim's] criminal record would be admitted in a prosecution [of driver]."

    The jury, one would hope, is drawn from the same pool of people as the commenters (of BocaNewsNow.com). These worthies quite properly had the reaction that those facts are irrelevant, in poor tasted, and an attempt at evoking prejudice. For any reasonably intelligent jury, a defense strategy involving these facts about the victim is going backfire. The effect is enhanced if there is a judge who will gently point this out to them.

    In a saner world, a "FIJA" world, there is no gate keeper of information save the jury members themselves. A judge could ask whether, rather than command that, a stop must be put to such bullshit.

  33. nlp  •  Sep 15, 2013 @8:53 am

    I suspect Colton is trying for the "this man was so awful that the driver has done the community a favor by killing him" treatment. If the police do eventually arrest the driver mention of it may never appear, and if it does it will be buried somewhere.

  34. barry  •  Sep 15, 2013 @10:22 am

    @Dion starfire

    Could somebody explain how/why the following two phrases ..aren't saying the same thing?

    Mr Colton has both Coltoncreative and Boca News. He (at least the Boca News editorial) is accusing the reddit poster of accusing Boca News of being paid by attorneys to “smear” opposing parties. It is Coltoncreative that is paid by attorneys. ie, Colton seems to confuse Coltoncreative with Boca News more than the reddit writer does.

    (Is it defamation to accuse someone of a defamation they didn't make?)

  35. Alex  •  Sep 15, 2013 @10:32 am

    piperTom, what Ken was pointing out is that the opposing party would not allow such a defense strategy to even get to trial without putting it to the judge to refuse to admit such evidence because it is so plainly irrelevant that presenting it to a jury would be a waste of time at best. At least, that would be the case under the CEC and FRE that I'm currently studying, and I would hope that Florida has an adequate Evidence Code as well.

  36. Mike  •  Sep 15, 2013 @11:31 am

    The article is no longer featured on the front page of bocanewsnow.com but a quick search found http://bocanewsnow.com/2013/08/26/biker-van-orden-killed-in-boca-had-lengthy-record/

    The article (published Aug 26th) says it was updated twice on Aug 27th to include the name and some biographical information of the driver. "Van Orden was allegedly struck by Drew Blazure, a former intern for U.S. Representative Leonard Lance (NJ 7th). Florid Atlantic University tells BocaNewsNow.com that he is in a doctorate program at the school."

  37. Alex the Too Old  •  Sep 15, 2013 @4:16 pm

    "Florid Atlantic University tells BocaNewsNow.com that he is in a doctorate program at the school."

    Epic typo. XD

  38. Clownius  •  Sep 15, 2013 @4:30 pm

    Yeah i think the Driver paid some big $$$$ for that right up.

    Slam the Victim and Crap on about how the Driver was an Intern getting a doctorate etc…

    Just wow.

    Wheres anonymous when we need them. Someone needs to take out the trash.

  39. Larry W  •  Sep 15, 2013 @5:39 pm

    You linked to the 2008 case of Yellow Journalist Lori.
    It's still going: there were supposed to be hearings in July but they were delayed until October..2013. Because you wouldn't want people to forget about it.

  40. Larry W  •  Sep 15, 2013 @5:42 pm

    That was supposed to say "Yellow Journalist Lori Kilchermann". Sorry!

  41. David M. Nieporent  •  Sep 15, 2013 @8:56 pm

    I think the funniest part is that when criticized for not reporting on the driver, BocaNews's defense was "we do not want to publish rumor or innuendo if it could jeopardize a case." Apparently publishing rumor or innuendo is normally okay; only if it "jeopardizes a case" is it a problem.

  42. JT  •  Sep 15, 2013 @9:26 pm

    @David

    And isn't it "innuendo" to publish the victim's criminal record as the focus of the story in the first place? lol.

  43. ZarroTsu  •  Sep 16, 2013 @7:09 am

    The comment he says — even though it is completely incorrect — will remain.

    Stop hitting yourself.
    Stop hitting yourself.
    Stop hitting yourself.

  44. SPQR  •  Sep 16, 2013 @9:36 am

    Thank God that douchey servile prosecutor-fluffing is protected. I was concerned for a second.

  45. Jay  •  Sep 16, 2013 @9:40 am

    @JT
    in·nu·en·do - an allusive or oblique remark or hint, typically a suggestive or disparaging one.

    Sounds exactly like the "journalism" seen on the likes of the Nancy Grace show and HLN. While I would certainly never defend those outlets, they at least spew the rumor, innuendo, and speculation rather indiscriminately.

  46. Tony  •  Sep 16, 2013 @12:34 pm

    While it doesn't excuse the subsequent behaviors, it's possible that the purpose of including the victim's criminal history in the original article was to allude to the point that the victim was only riding a bike due to having his license suspended after 3 DUIs. So had he not chosen to put others lives in danger multiple times, he himself would likely not have died.

    That said, the site's subsequent actions were still unacceptable.

  47. Smut Clyde  •  Sep 16, 2013 @3:20 pm

    That Wikipedia page is hilarious.
    A page of hagiographic piffle lauding Andrew Colton's media triumphs and advertising his commercial activities, created by some "infoguy1008", whose only Wikipedia activity is to maintain the page against edits. No-one saw that coming!

  48. Darryl  •  Sep 18, 2013 @2:45 pm

    /snark

    Uh, oh. I think Ken may be in trouble. From the bottom of the whining "editorial":

    BocaNewsNow(TM) is a Trademark of MetroDesk Media, LLC. The name may not be used without express written permission.

    I hope he has his written permission slip. /snark off

  49. Jayce  •  Sep 19, 2013 @5:29 pm

    "the judgment or professionalism of professional "mainstream" journalists"

    Sorry, but I've got to ask. Who do you consider mainstream journalists with judgement and professionalism?

    I really would like to know.

    CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, etc, have essentially become either noisemakers or sound bite repeat loops for whatever political cause they trumpet that day. Newsweek and Time are complete fluff ("he was raised in a coal town by a mom that couldn't afford to bake an apple pie every week" and what has that to do with his voting record, which you have carefully not mentioned?). Where's the meat? The Economist seems to try at being unbiased, but its hard to tell with no one decent to compare to. NYT is progressive hoopla, except when they decide to print an opposing viewpoint to demonstrate how amazingly objective they are. NY Post is… well, the NY Post. The Washington Post seems to sway with whoever is in the White House. The LA Times, Houston Chron, so on and so forth are strictly progressive propaganda houses. USA today is Newsweek on a daily instead of weekly basis, all bites, no meal. The various "conservative" Papers and magazines are essentially outlets of the Republican talking points of the week.

    It is truly disgusting.

    Really, are there any actual journalists out there? And if so, who the hell are they and where can we find them?

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