Re: who is Ben Volin?
posted at 6/29/2013 12:29 PM EDT
In response to p-mike's comment:
Just to flesh out wozzy's point a little bit:
Journalism doesn't exist anymore.
Who is Ben Volin?
He's you or me or some other guy who had the right contacts to get a nothing job that anyone can do at the level it is now done in a dying industry that no longer even pretends to have any kind of professional standards.
Hear me now and believe me later: The news died the day "sources" replaced actual, verifiable attribution.
In short, Ben Volin is nothing.
Now you listen here! He's not the Messiah . . . he's a very naughty boy!
I agree with most of what you've said. For sure journalism is dead. But it's not because of "sources". Arguably one of the biggest stories in U.S. history (Watergate) was fed largely from the source "Deep Throat". We've been in a downward spiral ever since that time, accelerating rapidly in recent years.
Sports journalism has declined with the general news media. There was a time when the Boston Globe itself had a Mt. Rushmore of columnists covering the 4 major sports. No longer.
Part of it is economics. The Globe is for sale again, along with "papers' across the country. In the chase for the bottom line it's less expensive than ever before to put out a story on the internet.
Part of it is discernable quality. People who have busy lives have an increasingly difficult time determining whether Outlet A's story is more accurate/believable than Outlet B. The media wouldn't be able to get away with this if they were selling widgets, because the quality would speak for itself.