Starting over in a Post-Journalism World, Part Ten.

Western journalism's immorality in the last decade has been nonexistent. It has turned the collective mindset into something binary, and hence, untrustworthy.

If someone says something against the US President, then it is time to drool all over them, whether or not their record hints that the accolades may be unwarranted.

The recent death of Senator John McCain is a case in point. He was given a lavish send-off in the mainstream press, he of the Keating Five scandal in the late 1980s.

He was always the war monger, and very few bother to mention it now. Counterpunch did bother to mention it, and they haven't forgotten the extent of his bloodlust:

The top war-monger in Congress has been Senator John McCain, Republican from Arizona, seeker of the Republican presidential nomination. In one rhetorical bombing run after another, McCain has bellowed for “lights out in Belgrade” and for NATO to “cream” the Serbs. At the start of May he began declaiming in the US senate for the NATO forces to use “any means necessary” to destroy Serbia.

The New York Times was not too enthralled with the Arizona senator when he ran for president in 2008, and the ugly episode can be read here, here, and here. The Times may have botched the story, but it is interesting to note that even back then, a salacious story about a presidential candidate did not sink him or force him out of the race. He lost, but his chances had always been slim next to his younger, swaggering opponent.

The press lost their clout back then, but now, it is obvious. The game is over.

But the alternative must be aware of not fawning over people just because they say what they want to hear.

A realistic portrait of the good, the bad, and the downright ugly must always be in play: propaganda begins when we enhance or downplay positive or negative information.

It is about reality and the truth. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Newsmakers are not pawns, puppets, or proxies. They are people.

You know you lost your morality when you can no longer see people as what they are, only what they can or cannot do for you.

That's the reason journalism lost it way, but a new system can pick up the right path to begint he journey to truth once again...