Bob Schieffer has a lot of nerve with a temper tantrum disguised as a speech.
He is behaving as if journalism was a divine and godly profession that could never be replaced or that democracy is threatened if it must suffer the consequences of its own follies:
The crisis in American journalism, Schieffer says, is really a national security issue. "If people don't understand why the government takes the policies that it takes, it's very difficult to build support for those policies.
Journalism cribs from press releases. It does not verify information. It reports on trivialities with greater importance than the most pressing issues it gleefully ignores.
Yes, the public needs information, but journalism is the antiquated way of giving it to them.
It is a monopoly model that remained static and it has sparked wars, meaning journalism is a threat to national security.
The Guardian is still stuck in the same rut. They are the first spouse who cannot believe their mate upped and walked away, thinking people cannot live without them. People do not need a free press: they need a superior method of getting information.
We have all sorts of crying about how journalism is under attack and it is all a Very Bad Thing.
And all the rumours, innuendoes, propaganda, lies, hoaxes, and the like that were reported as news was a Very Worse Thing.
The Toronto Star is throwing the biggest and most melodramatic hissy fit of them all, claiming journalists are being demonized leading to a toxic atmosphere.
Yes, Toronto Star, you should know all about demonizing people all sorts of people of various nationalities, religions, and the like. What goes around comes around.
Journalism is a profession filled with clueless people who think they are beyond reproach. They are used to being king-makers and telling people what to think and how to think about it.
That's not today's reality.
It is very much like an old sexist ad that no longer plays.
Show news consumers that it is a journalist's world.
This delusional thinking will never change. The habit was set, and those in the profession were rewarded for far too long to see that once a shift has happened, there is no going back.
They are stuck in the past.
But the world has moved on, and it needs a form of information dissemination that reflects that new world.
F.R.E.E.D. was created in this era. It is not beholden to the glory days and the rules created by it..
Journalism never had to be in crisis. It willfully chose it. It was a series of conscious decisions to ignore the reality and truths of the world. No one tricked them. No one forced those choices. No one kept them in the dark about.
Now they want not just a bailout, but they want to go on being oblivious, and even frighten people into sticking with their broken system.
There is no need to '"demonize" journalists: they created their own demons all by themselves, never listening to people who warned them, and never looking past their own wicked egos.
F.R.E.E.D. has none of that baggage or stench to impede it. It is a tabula rasa and a method created with the innovations and breakthroughs that have unfolded -- the same ones that journalism looked down on and ignored.
Their loss is F.R.E.E.D.'s gain...