Camilla Paglia on the collapse of journalism

An American colleague wonders if Paglia is being too kind:

Camille Paglia Blames Dems for Destroying Journalism — ‘It Is Going to Take Decades to Recover’

“It’s obscene,” she said. “It’s outrageous, OK? It shows that the Democrats are nothing now but words and fantasy and hallucination and Hollywood. There’s no journalism left. What’s happened to The New York Times? What’s happened to the major networks? It’s an outrage.”

“I’m a professor of media studies, in addition to a professor of humanities, OK?” she continued. “And I think it’s absolutely grotesque the way my party has destroyed journalism. Right now, it is going to take decades to recover from this atrocity that’s going on where the news media have turned themselves over to the most childish fraternity, kind of buffoonish behavior.” More.

My response: Oh, shut up, Paglia. Unlike the thugs who “fight hate” on your party’s behalf, I do not mean to harm a weed in your back yard – even if you gabbled all summer within earshot here in Ottawa.

I would, of course, prefer a more honest and serious conversation with whomever I can find.

Hey, maybe that’s just me…

But first, Hillary Clinton’s team lost the US election because they decided to sneer at  reliable voters. Anyone who doubts that is mucking about in a conspirazoid swamp. Yes, the muckers include the glitzies who want to become official instead of unofficial state media on tax dollars. That does not make their arcane theories more believable.

Maybe we should be thrilled to support legacy media to sneer at us and deprive us of our historic liberties. But then again, maybe not.

In any event, I wrote back to my colleague to say,

Based on my recent experience, yes, Paglia is far too kind. I Hounded back down to TO last w/e and this is what I found:

New York Times Sent Three Reporters To The Rebel Media’s Live 2017 Celebration

Canadian Journalists For Free Expression Campaigns Against Free Expression – Of Course

and get THIS:

Canadian Journalists For Free Expression Partners With National Council Of Canadian Muslims, Essentially Against Free Speech

It’s not so much that CJFE are bad journalists as that they are not journalists at all. No actual journalists would be doing this stuff!

For one thing – there is no easy way to say this – we actual journalists don’t need to.

CJFE, by contrast, are people who cannot compete with the upheld handheld of the internet age.

They are looking for sugar daddies to whom they can market the subtext of “fighting hate,” while behaving like an angry pressure group themselves.

At least they and their current sugar daddies deserve each other. The rest of us, not so much.

See also: Are polls scientific? Well, what happens when human complexity foils electoral predictions?