my feeling about journalism
is that it's a more shady profession than advertising, because at least in advertising, the audience assumes you're making stuff up. journalists pretend to be telling the truth, which heightens the deception.
jayson blair is a self absorbed, lazy, delusional punk. the fact that he has a book coming out demonstrates that as a society we've completely fucked ourselves by insisting on buying anything sensational regardless of the morality involved, and therefore there is a market for jerks like him, and a reason to give him a nice advance.
journalism is precisely an entertainment business. unfortunately for it, it's got the insistent presumption on the part of its staff (and rightly so) that it's primarily an informative tool. there is a need for it, which creates a business out of it. but the need for information is always overshadowed by the need of the business to sell sell sell, just like any other commodity, and it is therefore subject to the demands of the market, which "force" it to compromise whatever integrity it mightve had.
i put "force" in quotes because there is such a thing as sticking to your guns and running a business with integrity, but thats like, hard and stuff.
basically i look at the news stories i read as simple accounts of events unfolding. i assume that i'm only getting half (at best) of the story, and i assume that most of the facts contained in the background of the story are selective.
what makes blair worse than ordinary journalists is that he invented his facts; he invented or stole the events which unfolded. he took credit where credit was not due, he did so selfishly and without remorse, and instead of trying to right his ship and become a person of integrity, he decided to take the easy way out and simply profit by his retelling of the story.
i'll buy his book about as quickly as i'll shell out 10 bucks to see mel gibson's capitalistic trash.