I think Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller is everything I hate about post-internet “journalism”
And no, I’m not talking about its “scoop” of the secret Obama speech video. If you haven’t heard of this video, it’s because the Obamas cleverly hid the speech by giving it in public and on tape, and then the mainstream media conveniently “buried” it by extensively covering it back in 2007 on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, Newsbusters, Politco and the Daily Dish. Also, it apparently has been available on You Tube for the past five years. Though I have to say, Carlson’s quote on his “big scoop” is pretty space awesome, and is probably my favorite of this entire election season:
“People will say ‘this has already been reported.’ Well, actually, it hasn’t been reported. And I know because I reported on it the first time.”
And no, I’m not talking about the Daily Caller’s coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting, where they took it upon themselves to demonize a young boy who had been the victim of a crime in the interest of drumming up page hits.
And I’m not even talking about their defense of a “reporter,” standing with his hands in his pockets and yelling at the President, and then neither recording nor taking notes of the President’s response.
No, the bit I’m finding particularly nauseating this evening is this front page story salaciously announcing a Megan Fox sex tape, along with a photo of Fox wearing (remarkably little) lingerie writhing on a couch. When you read the story, however, it turns out that such a sex tape might not even exist. The Daily Caller was sent an email from an anonymous source with an alleged “still” that may or may not be Fox. And… that’s it. That’s the whole front page story. Some guy shoots the Daily Caller an email saying he has a tape of Megan Fox having sex, and they run a front page story on it without bothering to verify it first.
Oh, and in case all of that isn’t quite creepy enough, the Daily Caller article goes on to say that Fox is currently pregnant awaiting her first child.
I seriously, seriously worry that this is the future of journalism in the post-internet age.