Dec 14, 2016
News In The Lehigh Valley
One of the new terms from this election, among many, is fake news. With so many people now getting their news and information from scrolling on a mobile device, often a headline is what people have come to believe. Broadcast journalism no longer really exists. Who believes that Fox is fair and balanced? Who doesn't see the objective of MSNBC? In our era, trying to get close to the truth is laborious and time consuming. You have to check multiple sources, and try to distill common denominators in a story.
Here in the valley, I think that we're still pretty lucky in the news department. It's true that we lost one of the three papers, and the other two are skeletons of their previous self. And of course, there's certain topics which have no credibility in reporting, such as the NIZ in Allentown. J.B. Reilly literally now owns the Morning Call building. The fox owns the henhouse. Although the paper would claim that there are firewalls, they have always been very thin at 6th and Linden. That topic aside, they are pretty good reporting the saga at City Hall, and being forthright about crime.
WFMZ also does a good job. Although their medium restricts them to sound bites and short segments for the tube, their websites produces detailed stories, written by former reporters for both the Morning Call and Express Times. How many people actually read those reports is another story.
Here in the blogosphere, you have Bernie O'Hare, who relentlessly hunts the stories. Although he has some prized politicians, he takes his role very seriously, and includes disclosures. Then, of course there is another blogger, who writes less, and likes nobody.
ADDENDUM: The national venues, such as Huffington Post and MSNBC, with Trump having lost the popular vote, are reinforced with their agenda news spin. (Same for Conservative venues, with Trump winning the election.) Yesterday, Rachel Maddow and MSNBC, vowed to keep the pressure on the new administration. Of course that means continue with the aspersions and inneuendos popular with their audience. Entertainment business as usual, masquerading as news.