The Atlantic is propaganda for the middle class of a bygone era trying to seem learned.
It is sophistry, plain ad simple, with some simplistic, childish view of the world.
Journalists have been a lazy breed in the last twenty years, and I know as I have watched them up close, researched on it, written books on the feints and ruses, and worked as a journalist so I could observe them.
It was a disgusting job watching the numerous hacks and cheats used, and then reporters crowing in front of rolling cameras about how hard they work.
Except for covering garbage news, like reality shows.
And cribbing from press releases.
And attending canned events.
And liberally using PR firm spin without telling their audiences who inculcated them.
And hanging out with partisans and political parties, and currying favour in the hopes of patronage appointments should they lose their job.
My first book, Don't Believe It!: How lies become news, chronicled all of the fake news reporters presented as real. As in, never verifying obvious cons.
My second book, OutFoxed!: Rupert Murdoch's war on journalism, showed how on particular outlet slanted coverage, from the kinds of guests they booked, rigging perceptions, to issuing memos on how the news would be covered.
My fourth book, When Journalism was a Thing, chronicles how all of these deceptions brought down a profession.
There is no wiggle room to deny it.
But journalists keep denying it hoping people are really that naive.
The Atlantic keeps trying to present journalism as some sort of noble profession, but that crown was lost a long time ago.
They are taking umbrage at Sharp Objects, a show that shows a female protagonist who is a journalist behaving like many in the profession behave.
Vulture calls Amy Adams' character, the world's worst reporter, but typical is the actual reality.
Elle also is griping about the accurate portrayal, but it is right on the money, but considering how Elle merely spews whatever fashion houses decree should be worn by women, they are not ones to opine on the matter. They are advertising for celebrities and upscale retail, so butt out.
The manipulative spin here is trying to say the show is somehow sexist because the bad protagonist is a woman.
Nice try, but women didn't improve journalism. They played the same game as the men.
But The Atlantic list of grievances is particularly humorous:
She multiple potential sources. She’s permanently inebriated. She breaks ethical boundaries and lies to her editor about them. She rarely documents any of her interviews. (In the picture above, observe that she’s apparently listening intently to someone and yet her notebook is closed.) Even worse: At the end of the most recent episode of Sharp Objects, “Falling,” Camille slept with someone who’s 18 years old, a murder suspect, and one of her primary sources.
These are things that routinely happen in journalism. Sobriety is a problem in journalism, and I wrote about it in Editor and Publisher. I have even dealt with inebriated editors and reporters while they were on the job.
Drug use is a real issue, and the reason why so many newsrooms had drug testing at one time or another.
Reporters tell lies so often that I wrote an entire book on it -- and was careful to use acknowledged instances; so there would be no denying it later on.
Many reporters don't document their interviews, making up quotes and then denying they made it up, and when challenged, cannot even produce notes. I had once been accused of making up a quote, and merely handed by tape recording of the interview.
It should be noted the person who made the charge was an editor of a daily Canadian newspaper. Why try that gambit unless you know the chances are great the reporter didn't bother recording the interview?
Reporters constantly break boundaries. It has become the norm.
And they have bedded sources. Ask Ali Watkins. It was recent, and she is a New York Times reporter.
Oh, and female.
So why the Atlantic is trying their hand of bad damage control is obvious: they are trying to lie and pretend they are offended by reality being presented.
They want to try to sweep all of the rot under the rug and pretend they are the avatars of morality. Not a chance.
Sharp Objects is an excellent and accurate portrayal of a typical journalist, male or female.
Women are not above being called out for their moral lapses.
The Atlantic is serving as their professions own propagandist -- but reality keeps getting in their way...