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Friday, March 8, 2013

Somebody Might Want to Brace Themselves for an ICE Raid

Posted by on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Well, if most of their journalists aren't citizens, that might explain a lot:

Jim Simon, assistant managing editor of the Seattle Times, said ... “We don’t typically use citizen journalists to go down and report on City Hall,” Simon said.

I've always hated the term "citizen journalist" as an arbitrary economic distinction that has little or no bearing on the actual quality of one's work. What Simon really means by "citizen" is "amateur." You know, as opposed to Simon and his coworkers, who are all "professionals," of course.

Honestly, I find it a little galling that one's credibility as a journalist should in any way be linked to whether or not you are being paid for your work—as if a paycheck signed by Frank Blethen (or Tim Keck for that matter) is some sort of Certificate of Qualification. To paraphrase Martin Luther King Jr., I dream of a day when journalists are judged not by the size of their paycheck but by the character of their content.


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"I do not remember an instance of an honest man atop Novosti (the former USSR's KGB media). What I do remember is the fact commonly known in Moscow, that Novosti perhaps holds first place in the number of mentally ill, alcoholics, sadists, masochists, schizoids, graphomaniacs, etc., and is something of an asylum for all sorts of mental cases never reported to the Serbski Institute -- that is, as long as they continue to pretend to be loyal to the Power. And these are the cadres who 'decide all' in the business of ideological warfare against the rest of the world."

~Yuri Bezmenov, former KGB propagandist, and defector to US
Posted by Siddha on March 10, 2013 at 9:32 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 8
" I dream of a day when journalists are judged not by the size of their paycheck but by the character of their content."

You would still be a talentless hack and a partisan shrill.
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on March 8, 2013 at 3:45 PM · Report this
“Long ago in the days before journalists became celebrities, their enterprise was reviled and poorly paid, and it was understood by working newspapermen that the presence of more than two people at their funeral could be taken as a sign that they had disgraced the profession.” Lewis Lapham
Posted by ratcityreprobate on March 8, 2013 at 2:19 PM · Report this
gunmmoontree 6
So, if not "citizens?" What then—tourists from foreign lands? Immigrants with visas? Illegal immigrants?

Bad word choice on Jim's part, I agree.

I don't care what the haters say, Goldy: I heart you, & I appreciate your posts—they're always well written & seem to come from an honest concern about what's right or (wrong) 'round here, in my opinion. So: Thank you. :)
Posted by gunmmoontree on March 8, 2013 at 2:06 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 5
They're just defensive because Melissa Westbrook is constantly kicking their ass in covering the Seattle Public Schools!
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on March 8, 2013 at 12:38 PM · Report this
Sam Levine 4
Professionalism can be defined by credentialing, but in it's absence is defined by whether or not someone is paid.

Given that many citizen journalists have ads that help pay for their costs calling them amateurs doesn't really tell the whole story.
Posted by Sam Levine on March 8, 2013 at 12:22 PM · Report this
treacle 3
Once upon a time "amateur" meant 'one who was motivated by passion for the subject', and was a person more highly regarded than a "professional", which meant 'mercenary'.

Because amateurs were pursuing knowledge for the sake of knowing --amateur scientists, for example-- this was considered a more pure and honest pursuit, and they were perceived as better than those who did it merely 'for the money'.
Posted by treacle on March 8, 2013 at 11:35 AM · Report this
theophrastus 2
i'm probably alone in my definition of journalism, but for me the test of a "journalist" is one who reports on an event which supports a view opposite of their own personal view and yet allows the report to fairly present that opposite view. in recent times that tendency has suffered to near extinction.
Posted by theophrastus on March 8, 2013 at 11:19 AM · Report this
Hey you loser amateur, you'd be lost without the Seattle Times. Jackoff.
Posted by Goldy = Total Jackoff on March 8, 2013 at 10:41 AM · Report this

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