Jon Stewart Roasts CNN’s Navy Yard Coverage

White House Dossier – by Keith Koffler

I don’t know, mainly I’m putting this up because it was amusing and I thought you’d enjoy it. But there is a larger point.

The news business has sunk to an abysmal depth. Nobody has any money, competition is fierce, and corners are cut everywhere you can find them. “Reputable” news organizations take one source and run a major story on the information as if they were sure it was fact. The old news saying – If your mother says she loves you, check it out, is a quaint anachronism. 

Washington journalism has become sports coverage, with the focus mainly on politics. Speculation and opinion color every news article. I mean, I do opinion within my pieces, but I don’t claim to be objective.

There are consequence to this, and you see it in the White House coverage. Why do you think so little news gets broken out of the White House? It’s partly because reporters still get weepy when the hear the words of the Messiah, of course.

But it’s also because reporters are spending all their time figuring out who’s winning and who’s losing, and don’t really care about their essential function of holding government accountable. They lack any urge to get away from the speculation and the day’s fleeting events to dig up real news that’s not being fed them.

And so we have CNN desperately trying to create news when it doesn’t have any news. They’re doing show biz, not news. And I’m glad Stewart called them on it.

Ironically, of course, the state of journalism has declined to such an extent that lots of people now get their news from . . . Jon Stewart.

Anyway, have a look.

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