Apr 3, 2017

MMMM #569 -- Where has journalism gone? & RIP: The Conscience of Mississippi Journalism.



     Just as the rules for running for President, Being elected President, and performing as President, have changed, so apparently have the rules that used to be the line between publications like The National Enquirer and actual real-journalism newspapers.

    Take this March 27th segment of a story about a girl shot in Montgomery near Lee High School by a 16 year old student named Quinterrious Norman. The story is by AL.COM, the website that represents what is left of the three largest newspapers in Alabama:



"Many parents have taken up support for Norman on social media saying he was a special needs student who was bullied. Montgomery Public Schools Senior Communications Officer Tom Salter said he could not confirm if Norman was special needs or release any records pertaining to him being bullied under federal law.
Video is also circulating of a person that appears to be Norman getting assaulted in the tunnel that runs under Atlanta Highway between Capitol Heights Middle School and Lee High School, but it has not been confirmed first-hand if Norman is indeed the one in the video."

    
      There was a time when newspapers like The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times and The Mobile Register would have never printed speculation and rumor and other unconfirmed information. 
     And the same "news" site mixes in fake news in the from of satire in the news part of the website too, Like this: 

Ostrich: Gov. Bentley unveils plan for at least one 'really nice prison cell'



"Citing the urgent need for new prisons with at least one really nice cell, Governor Robert Bentley has released his latest plan for Alabama's correctional facilities."

     I know the old world of newspapering is gone forever. I just wish it had not taken so much of journalism with it.

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OBIT:  Bill Minor who earned the title "conscience of Mississippi journalism, dead at the age of 98 on March 24th,
"Hank Klibanoff, co-author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Race Beat,” quoted the Times reporter Claude Sitton as having said Mr. Minor was “the one guy you could trust” in his coverage of racial turmoil in Mississippi."

[The Monday Morning Media Memo is a regular feature of www.timlennox.com]

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