Topic: Accuracy in Media
Alan Caruba has decided he wants to demonstrate the difference between right-wing media critics and real media analysts in his May 12 Accuracy in Media column:
If I were to date the rapid decline of both newsmagazines, I would point to the endless succession of weekly covers from 2008 onward that featured Barack Hussein Obama or his wife Michelle. Not since Princess Diana has anyone received such constant exposure beyond their inherent merit.
A newsmagazine or newspaper must retain its credibility if it is to have any hope of retaining its readers. It also helps if it hopes to retain its advertisers as well.
I am not discounting the obvious impact that the Internet and all manner of technology has had on these two organs of news, but I am suggesting that the availability of a vast amount of alternative, valid, documented, and reasoned information has rendered them useless by comparison.
Caruba thus joins the right-wingers like the Media Research Center in claiming that the only logical reason Newsweek could be failing is because it publishes article that conflict with its worldview, thus giving short shrift to the actual reasons it's occuring. We don't recall Caruba biased editorial content for the impending demise of the Washington Times, though the logic is exactly the same.