Saturday Fun Read No. One: Sy Hersh on How to Fix Journalism

Saturday Fun Read No. One: Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour Hersh on how to fix journalism in the U.S. in The Guardian’s Media Blog:

“I’ll tell you the solution, get rid of 90% of the editors that now exist and start promoting editors that you can’t control,” he says. I saw it in the New York Times, I see people who get promoted are the ones on the desk who are more amenable to the publisher and what the senior editors want and the trouble makers don’t get promoted. Start promoting better people who look you in the eye and say ‘I don’t care what you say’.”

He also discusses lackadaisical coverage of the Obama Administration, Edward Snowden, the NSA and the death of Osama bin Laden. More – Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the ‘pathetic’ American media.

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  1. Lately I’ve had the opposite notion, often wondering “what happened to editors?!” There’s so many places to get news out there seemingly without editorial oversight.
    At the most basic, I see rampant grammar/style errors.
    Next there’s decreased accuracy and objectivity.
    Finally, and perhaps the biggest offender, is simple newsworthiness. There’s so many articles out there with little to no value. Maybe if there were editors who would just pooh-pooh some of this stuff…?
    No matter how you look at it, journalism is changing but the basics still remain the same. I guess that’s par for the course though. So maybe the disturbing thing is seeing those basics (mentioned above) sliding downward.

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