We Need to Stop Using the Word ‘Journalist’ and Call Them What They Really Are

DMF: Few will deny we now live an age of fake news and media propaganda. I recently asked a friend who worked as a journalist before pursuing a career in advertising if there was a Hippocratic type oath or a code of ethics for journalist. They told me there was indeed an ethical code or “canons of journalism” adopted by the Society of Professional Journalist in 1922. They sent me a PDF of this “Journalist Canon”  as well as an additional PDF of the “Editors Code of Ethics“. I spent an evening reading through what I can only believe are principles intentionally being ignored by today’s journalist. Here is a sample of what I found. I’ll let you decide as to how far we have drifted away from what was a once respected profession. MORE

35 Comments on We Need to Stop Using the Word ‘Journalist’ and Call Them What They Really Are

  1. Call them what they really are…..

    “black assholes”
    “sh!t stabbing monkey f*ckers”

    They can’t be serious, we’d need a week to narrow it down.

  2. Outstanding, MJA! But how about “jouranalists”. That might just slip by at Chick Fil A. But the word would mean daily rectums…

  3. It seems to me that just in the ratio that our newspapers increase, our morals decay. The more newspapers the worse morals. Where we have one newspaper that does good, I think we have fifty that do harm. We ought to look upon the establishment of a newspaper of the average pattern in a virtuous village as a calamity.
    – “License of the Press,” speech, 31 March 1873

    Mark Twain

  4. Jerks.
    My son was recently a victim of the fake media. A reporter had a story that was filled with half truths and lies. My son sent him an email with corrections. The jerk said he refused to correct the story unless my son called him on the phone. Sound like a trap to anyone else?
    So the fake story ran. We kept quiet and it went away within two days.
    I think the ethics training in today’s colleges about becoming a jerk of a propagandist have to do with pushing down those feelings of guilt for lying and telling yourself at least you’re not a murderer.
    Mostly telling themselves, anything for the religion of liberalism regardless of truth.

  5. @bcattin….

    “If a man doesn’t read a newspaper every day, he is uninformed. If he does read a newspaper every day, he is MISinformed.”

    Mark Twain

  6. A friends daughter was raped, she is white, the rapist was Hispanic.
    The paper put out a, BOLO for a man, that’s it, really, a man is wanted for a rape.
    The “man” was described to the police as Hispanic, greasy long hair, tall, muscular and walked/ ran with a limp.
    I called and asked why the description of a felony rape suspect was so vague.
    I got chewed out for being, well, you guys know the list.
    Turns out, looking into it, she was a fat white woman supplying a green card.
    Journalist, or whore, your choice.

  7. I was involved in a story once where there was some controversy over something I said. By my generous count, there were 5 material misstatements of fact and not one reporter attempted to contact me despite my name and contact info being prominently noted.

    They go into “journalism” to Make A Difference ™ not to report facts. Ben Rhodes was right about saying they don’t know anything about anything. What’s worse is they are not even curious to learn. The ignorant joined ass to mouth in a human centipede of arrogance.

  8. Journalism worked well when there was only 3 news sources and local newsprint. Ratings weren’t a big deal to the survival of the organization, they took their slice.

    Today, we have CNN, MSPMS, etc. lying about whatever they can to get a share of the ratings.

    Unfortunately, the lower CNN and others ratings go, the more garbage they will fabricate. It’s like ignoring a toddler having a temper tantrum, they scream louder.

  9. “Niggers”

    Think about it. We’d finally put that word to good use and everyone could say it. Plus, no kid is gonna say they want to grow up and be one.

  10. I remember this from Primary School. Now I apply it to journalists.
    “He who steals my purse, steals trash, ’twas mine, ’tis his, and has been fool to many.
    But he who filches from me my good name, steals that which not enriches him, but makes me poor indeed.” Billy Shakespeare, long time ago.
    Journalists, for years, have been complicit in causing wars, losing wars,causing racial turmoil, encouraging riots; destroying “good names,” Clarence Thomas, George Zimmerman, Scooter Libby.
    Journalists protect each other. They lie but we don’t hear much about it. Think Jason Blare, Brian Williams,Dan Rather, Walter Cronkite. I could go on but maybe one of you could remind us of other examples of “Yellow Journalism.”

  11. How about “Muck Raekers.”?
    Back during WW11 General Patton smacked a soldier in a hospital who he suspected was malingering. Muck racking journalist, Drew Pearson of the then left wing New York Post got wind of it and sent it viral. The commies demanded that Patton be fired. General Ike ignored them. Patton went to win the war and defeat Hitler.
    Patton died in a mysterious accident in Berlin after the war.
    Not to worry, Hillary Clinton was too young at the time. Just sayin’.

  12. I heard this sometime back, and use it constantly:

    And if one of these presstitutes were to approach me to ask a question, I’d be “forced” to beat him for assaulting and molesting me.

  13. @ Horace,
    My Cockroach is extremely offended.

    “Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.” Geo. Orwell

  14. More on Journalism: The death toll for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico varies from eighteen (when President Trump left the Island) to 5000 by some estimates. Washington University has it a 3000, Harvard, 5000, others vary. All studies done without ever visiting Puerto Rico.
    All studies done to throw blame on the United States and especially President Trump.
    Here is what I would do if I was the MFIC.
    There are eighteen Funeral Homes in Puerto Rico.
    Send two agents to Puerto Rico to visit all eighteen homes and inspect their books. How many caskets, how many Cremations from September 20, 2017 to March 2018 were interred? Case closed.
    18, 28 64, 6000? If you want to know how many teeth there are in a horses mouth, don’t guess, look in his fucking mouth. That’s an old Monks story.
    Journalist are really lazy fuckers. But they like to stand out in hurricanes to show their bravery. Fucking assholes. FOX included.

  15. Fertilizer Flingers?

    Shit Shovelers?

    Crap Casters?

    Dung Droppers?

    Poop Pushers?

    Fart Floppers?

    Cat box Catapults (For the actual newspaper company)

    Sewer Slingers?

    Honey Wagon Havens (For the TV news)

    MSG Grumpy


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