Writer Paul Whitefield, of the LA Times, wrote (he intended this as criticism for those who constantly call the mainstream media by less flattering names, such as “lamestream”):
By regularly demonizing major, reputable media outlets, some political leaders have taken us to a very dark place, a place where people don't believe anyone: not the media, not the government, not elected officials. And that's a bad place to be.
Well, yes, it is a “bad place to be” but we the people did not get there by ourselves nor did we get there by listening to the right-wing decry the “lamestream media”. We got there because the curtain parted, and we finally see the Wizard in all his nakedness with his inglorious attributes of greed, corruption and narcissism.
I mean, are there really any “major, reputable media outlets” left? I can only think of maybe one. But only certain writers for that publication. And even on that one that I still consider 95% reliable, I always question, and frequently look for verification from other sources. And some of their writers I just won’t read.
I feel that way not because I listened to Palin, or some other loser decrying “lamestream media”, but because I have learned over the past few years that our media is not objective, and thus can not be counted on to present the facts in a truthful or secondarily important to me, objective light. After all, our mainstream media is entirely corporate owned.
Whitefield goes on to further blame terms such as “lamestream media” for the lack of confidence in our media:
that's the real problem, because that's what this "lamestream media" nonsense has done: Too many people see political motives in everything; too many people believe anything but the truth.
Someone should remind Palin and her ilk of what Thomas Jefferson said, that given a choice between government without newspapers and newspapers without a government, he'd choose the latter.
Really, Mr. Whitefield? Really? It isn’t just Palin or the right-wing who see the media as lame. And what should we see when we look at corporate owned media?
It isn’t the term “lamestream” or any other derogatory term that has undermined our confidence in media.
It is the incompetence, and the corruption that much of the media exhibits or partakes in that is the cause of our disenchantment with media. It is the media’s participation in the ridiculous “both sides meme”, and their willingness to play simpering, stupid idiots for the dollars of their sponsors and the coffers of their corporate owners.
It is why people read the blogs, preferring them to more mainstream sources, particularly for political news. It is why I and many others blog. It is not, however, that we've been sucked in to the idea of the "lamestream media" as promoted by right-wingnuts such as Sarah Palin.