Harold Evans - on Media Whores and Heroes ...
Harold Evans is another old Brit but, Harold doesn't 'do' blogs.
( Since he's simply so much more up-market than me. See? )
Though that's not to say he doesn't usually have something to say or write which isn't well worth listening to, and/or reading.
Take for example, this excellent excerpt from his latest powerful op-ed piece, appertaining to some mainstream media whores and heroes -- of both the past and even more particulary, the present.
In my view, the safe "he-said, she-said, on-the-one-hand, on-the-other " style of journalism is an abdication of the journalist's responsibility to pin down the truth.Sound like Harold Evans could be your sort of scribbler?
More concerned with advertising demographics than a functioning democracy, the networks blur the line between news and entertainment. Any time there's a celebrity crime or a missing blonde in California, the rest of America - the rest of the world - vanishes from the screens.
Les Moonves, the current head of Murrow's old network, CBS, has let it be known that he hankers to do the news "MTV-style".
Just as he is, This Old Brit's ?
Maybe ? Possibly? Probably ?
So, see some more, before making your mind up.
On the other hand, Mr Moonves, you could have television on television.Blatantly biased, This Old Brit may well be -- but just like today's big-brother-bosses, Bush and Blair -- we, mere mortal munchkins must stand shoulder to shoulder -- if we're ever to win the war on error - upon error and error - etcetera.
One of the extraordinary things about network TV is how little news video they show, cutting back to cotton wool commentary.
Now, before looking for the 'link to the lot' that regular readers will realise is bound to follow below --- here's the header to the piece quoted from above.
Eh ? Erm ? Excuse me ?
But surely that's arse-ways around?!
That's obviously upside down.
In fact, it's actually, bloody well back to front.
Aha ..... wait a minute ..... by George, I think I've got it.
It's some sneaky sort of subtlety.
Like .... the last shall come first, and the first shall come last -- and so on & so forth?
Well ... we are talking about a pair of old Brits, for God's sake, so what the hell else would the world expect?
After all, don't we always end up doing everything our way -- in the end ?
Good night, and good luck ~~ A POINT OF VIEWOops!
By Harold Evans
In his weekly opinion column, Harold Evans looks at the state of television in the US, and doesn't like what he sees.
Did we forget to tell you ? Sorry, we should have said.
Our old Harold is talking [almost] totally about T.V. -- U.S. style.
So, here comes that [almost] legendary link-to-the-lot.
And in the words of one of these two old Brits' all time, media heroes, Edward R. Murrow --------- good night, and good luck.