A Little Help Here! … A kind of-sort of Stupid Friday question
One of the difficulties in being the site’s self-declared news/media whiner is that there’s just too much out there to criticize.
Everyday I come across laughably absurd examples of how far off the rails we’ve gotten in this era of “democratized” journalism. I almost always choose not to write about them because they are so bad that even simply pointing out that they actually exist almost feels like making a straw man argument. And to be clear, I’m not talking about some guy no one’s ever heard of at World News Daily. I’m talking about people who are household names and have lucrative contracts with major news networks in one or multiple mediums.
The question, then, is what to do with these folks?
Pointing out every idiotic (or dangerous) thing they say whenever they say it runs the risk of making this site some kind of Buzzfeed Jr., a thought that makes me throw up a little in my mouth. But pretending they don’t exist doesn’t feel right either, because more and more these are the people who are driving not only public opinion, but also the way news is presented to us for our consumption.
So I’m toying with the idea of creating a Rogues Gallery — a monthly (or thereabouts) feature that highlights someone who really does deserve to be singled out for scorn. But if I’m going to do that, I want to offer readers an alternative to whatever highly paid troll I’m shining a spotlight on — a kind of anti-troll, if you will, that we should promote.
So, for example, if I were going to do a piece on a Dr. Oz, I might want a Dr. Russell Saunders to steer readers toward. (Only not Russell Saunders, because I want to point people toward non-OTers.)
The problem is I seem to be blinded by trolls these days, and I just can’t think of that many well-known people in this world of new journalism that are any good at doing anything but generating ratings and/or page hits. And thus I turn to you, dear reader:
Who do you recommend as a quality source of news and/or commentary that you recommend I check out and perhaps promote here at OT?
Keep in mind that I’m me, so I’m looking for people who do good and thorough reporting, not people who simply agree with you. A lot of people agree with Sean Hannity; that deosn’t make what he does “quality journalism.”
Thanks in advance.