Starting over in a Post-Journalism World, Part Twenty-Three.

Canada is debating ghettoizing women in the name of feminism.

The demented logic goes something like this:

Global News first reported back in June that the Liberals were considering the creation of an ambassadorship for feminism and gender equality, and saw it as a means to boost women’s involvement in peace and security around the globe.

Memo to the Liberals: women are people, too. So is it an ambassador for people and then one for women?

What kind of sick and sexist logic is that?

Bring up your ambassadorship up to code, so that we do not need that kind of degrading virtue-signalling and moral masturbation, thank you very much.

You bring equality with every position, not just one.

But government-based propaganda is nothing new. Set up a post with a snazzy and trendy title that all the middle class people are nattering about, and then point to the title whenever you are accused of not doing anything substantial as you raise taxes.

It is the Age of Propaganda, after all.

And these days, it is not just the government in the act of duplicity for amoral ends.

Journalism enabled a lot of government propaganda over the decades. The Chicago Tribune openly wondered about it with this headline:

Reporters used to bury the dark secrets of powerful men. Why it's different now.

Because social media won’t let you play that game anymore. The press came into it kicking and screaming.

They even hid their dark secrets from the public, as we are now well aware of NBC’s antics.

But there is still no transparency in that dead profession.

Once upon a time politicians and tycoons would manipulate the press with their operatives who would leak out damaging gossip about their opponents in order to rig the outcomes.

These days, as there is no journalism, only propaganda, those rich tycoons are openly paying for partisan operatives to spew.

Take a look at this article:

News Site to Investigate Big Tech, Helped by Craigslist Founder

It is not journalism. It is partisan war games of agitprop The operatives are those mislabeling themselves as “journalists”, always with the false halo of doing “public good.”

The way they covered up the sins of Great Men in the name of “public good.”

It is the same game, just mashing up the operative propagandists with journalists.

There is always a spin, never facts, let alone context or logic.

And even when something begins from wanting to know the truth, it can quickly spiral into competitiveness for ratings and exclusivity.

The alternative is not one that is co-opted and relies on a single wealthy benefactor to create a propaganda-machine to sling mud at rivals and opponents as a form of misdirection.

It is about the facts.

Liberating them from lies, spin, propaganda, and being in the hands of those who already have fooled people into thinking they have all the power, wealth, and answers…

You think it's just social media that sells your data to third parties? Traditional media is playing the same game.

Europe's GDPR requires web sites to be more forthcoming in what they collect and that they are collecting, and many companies have been complying, but many traditional outlets are blocking out the entire Europe instead.

Now that's very interesting. That means they are collecting and selling users' data to third parties, and it is safer and cheaper to shut out an entire continent than be honest with what they are actually doing.

With readerships tanking, these outlets are barely in business as it is -- so how are they keeping afloat?

By doing the very things they are exposing about Google and Facebook, but trying to spin it to sound as if it were something else.

It is yet another twist on what is happening behind the scenes, and how far the profession's fortunes have fell...

There is no more "great journalism". There comes a point when you have to face the truth about journalism.

Journalists are like the brat in this viral video who will eat an onion, insisting that it is an apple. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORdkyI43IRE?rel=0]

She is suffering, but no way is she going to admit the obvious.

That's the state of journalism.

They are antiquated, reactionary, primitive, corrupted, and kaput.

So when you have a dead profession tainted by denial and narcissism, they will scream that everything is wonderful.

You see the implosion. Dean Baquet, Executive Editor of the New York Times, will talk about a "crisis" in journalism, and how this is its "Golden Age" of it.

It isn't a golden age, and we are well beyond a crisis.

When you have journalists parroting press releases, you know the profession isn't an authentic one, and when you are mandated with chronicling reality, not being authentic is a very bad thing.

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Instead of looking inward, journalists are spinning a lie about "fake news" being something outside of journalism. Nice try, but I wrote the book disproving that silly hypothesis -- three times over.

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But journalists cannot help themselves, always spinning what they do as such a wonderful and selfless thing.

The Chicago Sun-Times chirping that their rivals Chicago Tribune's drive to unionize is all about "doing great journalism" is laughable.

It is about saving their jobs, not realizing unionizing in a dead profession won't do the trick.

Journalists will put up with the stench of their profession's needless death rather than admit the obvious.

It is time for a change.

And the time is now...

Now it occurred to you to union, Chicago Tribune? Too little, too late, children. Your profession is dead.

Everyone hates unions until it is their backsides on the line, then it's great. Look at the Chicago Tribune voting to unionize.

I am not anti-union. My mom was a union steward with the Teamsters. I even got to march on the picket line when she and her coworkers went on strike when I was a kid, and my marching made the 6 o'clock news.

But that's not why I don't object to unions. Corporations have unions, too, and they call them lobby groups. Newspapers had the Newspaper Association of America, until it got amalgamated into something else. If it is good for one side of the equation, then it's fine for the other.

It is too little, too late, "historic" or not. The industry collapsed and a union is not going to change that or improve the situation. You needed fundamental shifts decades ago, and now this shallow move won't do a thing to alter reality...

 

Chicago Tribune's implosion continues: "Quick Response Team"? Are you people out of your minds?

I remember when the Chicago Tribune was a serious and real newspaper. I remember scouring for it on specialty newsstands in Canada and grabbing a copy whenever I visited the Windy City, which, truth be told, is one of my favourite cities in the world, and yes, I have no trouble walking down the streets after midnight for a stroll down Michigan Avenue or Wabash Avenue with no worries. Even though I am an author and art teacher, people used to think I had to be some sort of plain clothes police officer, and told me as much. But watching the Tribune collapse is distressing. The newsroom is being decimated, and instead of doing real things, the double-speaking in this same newsroom explains exactly why the Tribune collapsed this horrifically.

Publisher and editor-in-chief Bruce Dold has to have broken some record on spewing meaningless and empty phrases, and in a profession that is supposed to expose that kind of babble-spew to find out what is reality and truth, it should surprise no one why the Tribune weakened the way it has:

This process has fostered hundreds of productive conversations about our future...We understand it has also led to feelings of uncertainty.

"Productive conversations"? If the collapse of journalism happened, there was no productive conversation. It's like the kid in the toy store wanting a present, and cash-strap mom says, "Put it on your list to Santa, buddy." You could call that a "productive conversation," but the kid is not going to get anything at all.

But Dold keeps the empty phrases rolling:

We are and will continue to be the most accomplished and impactful news organization in Chicago. We are and will continue to be a mission-driven and audience-driven news organization. We will shape the future of the Chicago Tribune together.

How is that possible when circulation is declining and people are losing their jobs? If you were an "audience-driven" news organization, your audiences wouldn't be abandoning your product. Nice try.

And instead of pandering, how about trying to be a "fact-driven" media outlet?

But the doublespeak never ends with the window-dressing:

Scott Powers will continue to be a vital part of the leadership team as deputy editor overseeing the entertainment group.   Jonathon Berlin will lead our team focused on digital design and data visualization as the director of content, interactive news design. This team, in addition to creating engaging interactive elements and compelling digital designs, will work closely with the home page team on the Arc rollout.

Who talks like that?

The ad copy parading as a memo goes on in painful vague detail:

Dan Haar and Matt O’Connor will lead a team that covers criminal justice around the clock with breaking-news speed, with a focus on public safety issues that have a profound impact on our quality of life. This desk will continue to report on the reform of the Chicago Police Department, an area in which this newsroom has been a leader.   Our watchdog team will expand as the Public Interest Investigations group under George Papajohn and Kaarin Tisue. Eric Krol, a talented editor and wordsmith who has grown adept at running investigative stories, will join this team.

But the best drivel comes here:

Lisa Donovan and Liam Ford will lead a new Quick Response Team, which will pursue with vigor the emerging story or stories of the day. The Quick Response Team will primarily focus on non-crime topics.  

"Quick Response Team"? What are you? Paramedics? Emergency room doctors? Police officers? Soldiers? SWAT? Suicide prevention workers? No, you're pretending to be journalists: you are supposed to cover breaking news. This isn't supposed to be a bureaucracy.

No wonder the Tribune became a shadow of its former self. It became the grifters they were supposed to expose.

The core doesn't change. The methods don't change. What changes are a few titles with a smaller staff to boss around. This is why journalism is no longer a thing -- because the people in charge have no idea why they are there -- or what the hell they are doing...

More blood-letting at the Chicago Tribune

The job losses are not ending, even for large dailies. But it is being spun on both sides of the newsroom.

Management chirped:

Marisa Kollias, spokeswoman for the newspaper’s parent company Tronc, said the newspaper “is reshaping its newsroom and making important steps in an ongoing effort to become more a digital enterprise.”

“Excellence in journalism remains our top priority. The newsroom is redefining jobs and structure so that people are in the best position to create and deliver news content for the rapidly changing demands of our audience,” Kollias said.

While employees chirped:

“Everyone who walks out of the newsroom with their things gets a round of applause.”

It is truly obnoxious on both sides of the equation. No one deserves applause. The "digital excuse" doesn't wash: gathering facts is not something you can actually ever streamline. And considering the mainstream middle class have been getting information digitally for over two decades, why this is still being used is an excuse is beyond me.

They are letting people go because people have abandoned their product. They abandoned that product because it wasn't working for them anymore.

But we have people in the reality-chronicling business hiding from the reality that allows blood-letting to be spun into something positive.

If journalism was functional, there would not be job losses, but job gains.

And the denials keep coming as the industry rapidly shrinks...