Dan Froomkin: On Calling BS
Posted on Dec 1, 2006
The Washington Post’s “White House Briefing” columnist argues that mainstream journalists and media organizations will continue their decline into irrelevance if they don’t summon the courage to call BS.
Dan Froomkin at Nieman Watchdog:
Mainstream-media political journalism is in danger of becoming increasingly irrelevant, but not because of the Internet, or even Comedy Central. The threat comes from inside. It comes from journalists being afraid to do what journalists were put on this green earth to do.
What is it about Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert that makes them so refreshing and attractive to a wide variety of viewers (including those so-important younger ones)? I would argue that, more than anything else, it is that they enthusiastically call bullshit.