We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"You know, it's kind of sad to see journos getting all pissypants about being yelled at to "learn to code" on social media because they've been laid off. Their attitude is, like, what did we ever do to deserve such calumny. Well, let me tell you: I think the reason you see so many commenters on my side of the aisle sporting such gigantic schadenboners because of the loss of jobs in "journalism" is the fact that modern journalism is nothing but a litany of failure, and it's chief perpetrators refuse to see it, or even see there that there even might be a credibility problem: The UVA rapes that never happened, Duke Lacrosse rape case, Covington Catholic, the NAACP "bombing" that wasn’t, church fires and swastikas painted on synagogues that turn out to be set by liberal activists, attacks by Trump supporters, that weren't, the Jewish cemetery vandalism, racist remarks scribbled on credit card receipts at restaurants, etc. And all reported with hair-on-fire urgency and hyped 24/7. And all fake news. And the bad actors never seem to suffer any consequences for their spreading of fake news. They just drop the fake story and go on to the next fake story. And it's not like they get a few things wrong, they seem to get everything wrong. And the more they screw it up, the more outraged they become when we sneer at them. It's like they're not real journalists. They've killed real journalism and they're now walking around in journalism's skin and demanding respect."
And it's not like they get a few things wrong, they seem to get everything wrong.
That is incorrect. The vast majority of reporting is reasonably accurate, but the writer is attuned to mistakes—as you can see by the very list provided—and ignores the many reliable stories that make up the bulk of reporting.
The vast majority of journalism about dog bites and bank robberies is indeed accurate. The vast majority of journalism about politics and left vs right is inaccurate and intentionally so. It IS fake journalism.
What puzzles me is the journalist are stupid (well a few are really, really stupid) and they must know that we see what they are doing. Yes the Democrats all lie through their teeth Like Eric Swalwell, for example. He was a prosecutor and I can't help but wonder if his blatant lying on TV about significant facts wouldn't automatically put 100% of his prosecutions into jeopardy. Anyway, back to the lying journalists; we see what you are doing. It hurts your credibility and your employers credibility. It hurts the country and is a slap in the face of the constitution and the first amendment. Yes you can choose to act like Joseph Goebbels if your boss lets you but why would you? Especially as time passes and the left becomes more and more radical why would you hitch yourself to that star?
As someone who switched fields (albeit not from journalism) and learned to code rather than sell software, I’m just going to put this out there— the tech industry does NOT need any more social justice software engineers. Activist journalists who turn into developers will perpetuate the same data abuses that we’ve seen repeatedly from Facebook, Google, and Amazon. They’ll take their political and channel them into initiatives like suppression of opinions they don’t agree with.
I don't think they'll be able to cope with binary choices.
"What does this mean - 'IF X=2 THEN TRUE ELSE FALSE'? Is it always true, true part of the time, true if you're looking at it from another direction? What if the FALSE isn't something you want? Do you pay attention to THAT and try to turn it into a TRUE condition, or do you just ignore it and hope it changes on its own? Does the ELSE mean it can turn true at some point?"
(Instructor considers whether the penalty for murder might almost be... nah. These journalist-coder retreads will have a hell of a time finding a job in the first place, and anyone who DOES hire them because of SJW credentials will never be able to get their code to run...)
haha! To both of the above-- you may have a point. Learning how to code completely changed the way I think, behave, and see the world for the better because I able to articulate each variable in whatever personal or professional problem I was dealing with and methodically workt through. But I know plenty of people who went through the same program I did and still cling to their leftist nonsense. Not everyone has adopted the Ayn Rand philosophy of "there are no contradictions/check your premises" unfortunately.
Random side thought: "check your premises" should become the new "check your privilege."
What's hard to believe is that these guys had paying gigs to begin with. The only explanation is their entertainment value, which led to clicks, which led to ad revenue. Presumably the ads translated at some point into sales, hard as that is to believe. I guess if ads didn't work, some bright soul would clean up by avoiding the wasted expense.