01 September 2011

dprjones takes on Sean Hannity and the misinformation machine that is FauxNews

If you have not yet heard of the youtube personality that is dprjones, I would suggest you get acquainted with him. He is thoughtful, and can be dogged and unrelenting when in pursuit of his quarry. In the following five clips he manages to dismantle the odious Sean Hannity and simultaneously demonstrate the lengths a consumer of news must go through to get to the facts. A problem of advocacy journalism is that it tends not to nuance the debate, but to regurgitate, and affirm beliefs its self selected viewers already tend to hold. Dprjones demonstrates, in these clips and others besides, that to be a good citizen in a democracy is to be an informed citizen.

Beyond that introduction I needn't really say more. dprjones Letter to America speaks eloquently enough without any addendum from me. Watch all the clips.
Part 1


Part 2


Part 3


Part 4


Part 5


That was five clips to debunk thirty seconds of bullshit. Its a stunning exercise, but one that should be wholly unnecessary.

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At 7:39 AM , Anonymous Jan Paynter said...

Bob Gibson, Executive Director of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, said: “Advocacy journalism can be a very valuable thing: people with a cause, people who want to change the world, people who want to take the country in a different direction. And there is more of that. There are more organizations that are doing long-term investigative reporting and generally they do buy into advocacy journalism. There are others that are forming that are taking the traditional tact of pursuing the truth wherever it leads, without a preordained direction, and we tend to trust those, I think, a little bit more because they have a track record—the good ones—of being balanced.”(Gibson appears on the interview program Politics Matters with host Jan Paynter discussing journalism http://bit.ly/pm-gibson)

 
At 8:13 AM , Blogger Max II said...

Jan,
Point very well taken. I suppose I should have amended my charge to dishonest advocacy journalism?

 
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