An Alaskan journalist's perspective on local and national issues

It is getting a little bit too annoying, really.  When we are in a societal calamity.  The EU is in real economic trouble.  America’s economy is heading in the wrong direction again.  The Middle East is still in chaos.  There are problems that are everywhere.  The vote on Pebble Mine is just around the corner.  The Alaskan economy isn’t all that great right now either.  All of this is going on, and what does the media see fit to either have as “Breaking News” or as the “Top Story” is the story of Amanda Knox coming back to America.

The story goes that there is a girl named Amanda Knox.  She was an exchange student in Italy.  Her roommate, Meredith Kercher, was found with her throat slit.  Knox and her boyfriend at the time, were charged and found guilty for the crime.  That was four years ago.  The rest is history, until recently.  The verdict of her appeal acquitted her, and now she has returned home.  And what has the news seen fit to do – talk about it to death!  I am starting to agree with Jon Stewart about what 24-hour news networks are designed to do

24 hour news networks are built for one thing, and that’s 9/11, and the type of gigantic news event that the type of apparatus that exists in this building and exists at the other 24-hour are perfectly suited to cover.  In the absence of that, they’re not just gonna say, ‘there’s not that much that’s urgent or important or conflicted happening today, so we are going to gin up, we are going to bring forth more conflict and more sensationalism because we want you to continue watching us 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even when the news doesn’t necessarily warrant that type of behavior.'”

Really, this whole event how shined a spotlight, to me anyway, of something that really does need to be examined in the world of professional journalism – where the priorities are.  Stewart is absolutely right.  These networks won’t just admit that they don’t have anything that is worthwhile to talk about.  Thankfully, NPR, PBS, BBC, and the alternative media sources are doing the smart thing and giving this issue the attention that it deserves.  But really, when one examines this issue critically, it has to be pointed out that what does this matter?

What possibly contributions does this event give society.  What’s more, why does everybody care so much?  There is a greater societal problem that is displayed here – that the people of this country are starting to look less like an informed populace and more like Mike Judge’s creation, Idiocrisy.  When one examines what gets in the news anymore, and where the people tend to focus their attention, it is easy to see why the socially aware are starting to lose hope in the human race and their ability to make any productive change anymore.  This is not a key issue in this debate.  In fact, Amanda Knox is nothing more than a symptom, or even less than that, but a skin mark, on the problem that is the massive ball of corpses that is America and the priorities that this country has.  She is just a sign of what is to come in the media that has grown up around the corporations of this country.

Fox News may be the great white whale of journalism, but MSNBC and CNN are not innocent of what plagues Fox News – bad journalism that is intentionally made to seem much more important than it actually is.  Does anybody remember the Casey Anthony trial?  Or maybe you remember the example that Stewart gave in his article above, about how there was the press conference after Anthony Weiner was found out for having shown his weiner to a girl.  How when Pelosi said that she wasn’t going to talk about Weiner, but rather about jobs and the economy, everybody left.  These are just a few of the many examples of how these news networks are all completely ignoring the important issues.

There is another issue that seems to have been completely ignored by the media – Rick Perry and his massive political project/blunder – the Trans-Texas Corridor.  Put simply, it was a giant complex that was intended to route all major traffic to heavy population centers of Texas.  Costly, disruptive to private property, and just a giant waste, not to mention a very big bit of ugly business.  While it looks like Perry is losing some of the clout that he had, this issue has not been raised at all in any significant way.

See, this is the problem with the news – they seem to have a hard time reporting the news.  They seem to have it all mixed up that when you are charged with reporting the news to people, which means things that are of consequence happening in the local, state, national, or worldwide level.  Something like this Corridor would be a huge thing to talk about, especially with a candidate who bashes the federal government, but then goes around and does things like this.  Call it what you like, Perry, but government by any other name is still government.  That goes for the Ron Paul fans too.

But there is hope on the horizon.  The alternative media seems to be gaining traction.  More and more people are seeking out places where they can get the news and not have it be a corporate machine.  It used to be that just the eggheads were watching shows like FRONTLINE and listening to NPR.  It used to be that the corporate machine believed that nobody cared what those on the internet had to say.  But that isn’t true, not anymore.  Now, with YouTube, journalists having blogs, and several other blogs and vlogs being watched, the world of social commentary and journalism is growing.  This is a good thing.

In a world where the economy is heading in the wrong direction again, we need to have some voices who are above the sensationalist maw and are able to take the bag of snakes and lay them out straight.

Peace out,



Comments on: "Amanda Knox and the Failure of the Media" (28)

  1. Amanda will soon become a billionaire after her attorneys sue the many media outlets that openly claimed she was guilty as charged of the crimes she was found to be not-guilty because the prosecution could not prove their initial charges, much like the Casey Anthony case.

    • The media’s failure with all of this is multi-faceted, but it also is pretty pathetic that Knox could make money off of their incompetance. Really, the problem is with the entire country. We are a culture of people who want things fast, and don’t want to be told no. We want what we want. It’s a “me” culture. It is part of my problem with the Randroids that go by the name Libertarians. When our culture is able to endorse this kind of behavior, it almost makes a guy not want to keep with it.

  2. Lucien, maybe Amanda can start up a business making above-ground swimming pools where she could be in charge of advertisement and distribution. She could also hire Casey Anthony for Casey to get a work-force to facilitate the man-powers necessary from the labor-side of the operation. Amanda has an appeal with the people right now and Casey could surely get as many men for the job as required. A win-win situation?

  3. jancorey is michellefrommadison….a known hacker and idenity thief. did you come out from under your rock today jaysen??

    • Wow, today John is calling me a michelle-name, at least he got the gender correct right this time. But, many times he calls me his dog’g name of Jayyson, just depends on whether John has taken his needed-medications yet. Thank you John, now I have to go change my maxipad. Thanks again John keep up the great work you are doing on trolling. Be sure to check out the P16TT with those pages dedicated directly about you, there are 596 viewers right now on one of the three sites. Awesome sites those TT’s.

      Almost forgot, following John’s lead, John is a troll and his folks named him after a toilet, they must be so proud of his failings. And, Amanda Know is gorgeous, just like Casey Anthony; both are John’s heroes, at least according to what John has stated on some other sites. Check out some of his comments by goggling him at: michellefrommadison.

      • You have some nerve! You are not female. Your name is Jaysen. John is 100% correct. I still can’t believe you are still posting with my identity! and michellefrommadison is YOU…noone else. Your sick perverted work is there for the world to see. You are a hacker, an identity thief, a sick troll, and a very sick MAN. You do not intimidate John with your disturbed posts, and thank god he is warning everyone out there about you!!

      • Now John is using a different name as an identity thief, at least he changed his avatar this time. Just as I said before about John, he sure is predictable. Check the story on him/her on Troll-Trackers. Awesome. Did you see John is still unable to discuss the post-topic as described on T.T. as troll often do? Proof-positive. Thanks for proving my points John, maybe Casey and Amanda can straighten you out.

  4. OMG….I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU ARE STILL USING MY IDENTITY! What a loser you are Jaysen. Pathetic..LOL.

  5. I’m here for you janel. michellefrommadison is one disturbed individual!!

  6. Thanks John!! That freak needs to be locked up! Isn’t it great how Casey is shunned and in hiding, and Amanda is out holding her head high! Love it! She is going to make a fortune. This is sweet Karma on Casey…the loser! She is so yesterday and done. LOL. I can’t believe Jaysen still posts his make believe troll trackers bull talk! LMAO. Again…love you John!

  7. BlogOwner, John attacks anything I say and he spends an enormous time trying to search sites where I have commented. He uses many names including John, Janel, whatever, and so on. What these John-types of trolls do is to get inter-locked and unable to separate facts from their own obsessions with those who he’s jealous of. Right now, it appears he is still jealous of me, he is documented as spending several hours per day trying to research my comments here on WordPress and other blogging sites, according to the troll-tracker sites, all three of them verifying that information which is crucial evidence for prosecution against John. While it is flattering that he is obsessed with me, it really is a psychosis that needs medications and therapy to really help this troll. Today, he named me Jayson or sometimes Theressa name also sounding like Floresa. Perhaps another day he will call me Bill, or Tom, Or Elvis, no one knows for sure, but that is what is fascination to be about studying his mental illnesses. It really is a bit amusing watching this troll scramble so much and never hitting the mark yet. His boyfriend he teams up with sometimes uses the name of Janal Corey White dubbed after mine. I just use the name on my driver’s license, but John is a troll and uses himself and his boyfriend to devise different name from better bloggers they are jealous of. He forgot to look up my name, Jan, and it’s even listed in the phone book, I have three copies myself. John really is struggling, which is trolls going through a type of dementia. These troll-types are not able to accept or even debate anyone on any topic because of their hidden-admiration and jealousy over the person or persons they continue to attack. John’s basic problem as determined by three troll-tracker sites I follow state that John’s signs and symptoms are classically noted as basic-psychosis. It is easy to follow a frequent-commentor like myself as any search engine will generate an endless list of site-links to my comments, and John has been sustained by all three troll-tracker sites that he (and I use that name of “he” loosely) since John also uses female names, different locations, different avatars but all stemming from a single IP-address according to the Troll-Tracker sites. By this tactic, John miraculously visits the same blogs I forward my comments to. And, John has been identified as responding to my very comments within a time-frame listed as “within four hours” after I make a comment to a site. Through his IP-address and multiple identities he maintains, his location and his criminal record has been revived by two of the three troll-trackers sites and they have given me a basic run-down of John histories. I am shocked and alarmed and have referred him and the two troll-tracker sites have alerted the authorities. Sanctions and actions against John have been confirmed but have to wait until the anticipated court-order for enforcement that are still pending, but still current and active. The troll-trackers sites say that this troll-John’s IP almost always use names of four letters or less as trolls like John can blend more easily into the world of anonymity people like “John” so desperately seek in their personal lives. It’s different than using my name as it appears on my driver’s license or birth certificate because John finds it much easier for himself as a troll to track my comments offered up to any number of site-topics by using any type of search engine. John’s psychosis and demonstration just here on this site alone may help to explain much of his conduct and inability to simply discuss the post topic. The study of Dysfunction Psychology is just simply amazing. Fascinating stuff on the predictability of that dysfunction.

  8. L M F A O!!!!! OMG….just reading this is enough to have you committed!! You are a very sick person Jaysen Allen Biczak. SICK! Thank God for people like John!

  9. LOL…Nobody reads that nonsense. Hell, I’m embarrassed for him. You are most welcome Ms. Corey, and I will always defend your name for you. Turds like Jaysen need a wake up call….like Casey. Isn’t her life in disguise and hiding wonderful? Life is good, and talk to you soon 🙂

  10. Seems Jaysen missed his meds yet again. I wonder if his grand father is aware – it might be prudent to inform him of this.

    BTW, Jaysen/ michellefrommadison – I see your girl, Nancy Grace is doing quite well on that program…

    I know you never get enough of this particular clip, Jaysen

    • I just love all the intelligent conversation my blog has encouraged.

      • We apologize Lucien….but there is a thief who has damaged too many people along the way, and his internet crimes should not be ignored. Have a good day!

      • Lucien – my apologies. I have no choice but to protect my friend in this situation. If the identity thief/ troll would relinquish Ms. Corey’s name this would be over.

        google michellefrommadison or even his now defunct blog of nancygracemustdie and see for yourself. He has also gone after me

      • Lucien, as you can see the work of the two trolls and how the subject matter regarding to post-topic began absent in the attacker by some over people they are jealous of. Troll-Tracker sites said this would happen and is verifiable. Both are also listed on the third page of “Current Trolls” and an individual report is maintained on each, as well as the many names they both use and the hundreds of other thousands under monitoring, investigation, or prosecution. I would give you the link which enables dual monitoring if you send me a direct e-mail I can tell you how to access the Troll Trackers and the prosecutors who are also monitoring this Complaint number. Please bear with the trolls for a bit, and if they remain only moderately offensive, I hope you will still not yet ban them as the documentation on the subject on dysfunctional psychology is being utilized for a pertinent manner with an end-result of assisting trolls like John and Janal to gravitate them towards treatment and education that is missing in their lives right now. Thanks againn Lucien, maybe these two trolls will re-name you and give you a different location in a state you don’t reside either. They truly are amazing to watch and see play out in real time. fascinating.

  11. It is of course your blog, Lucien. I will tell you however, most posters on wordpress know about this problem and will avoid blogs where the troll runs rampant.

    With that said – I am gone from here. Best of luck to you, Lucien!!

  12. Please michellefrommadison… Lucien and give him the ‘troll trackers” sites so he can see them. Please post them Lucien when you get them. Thank you 🙂

    p.s. you will never get them. they are fictional, like jancorey.

  13. Jaysen is playing FBI in his basement again. You are a thief michellefrommadison and I will defend your victims. Period.

  14. Lucien, I copied the above comment with avatar from John and it includes Janal Corey White in it too, let’s see if it works and if it does, this will explain allot of the troll problems WordPress has had to deal with. here goes… (and if it doesn’t work, you can click on John’s icon yourself and see it for yourself. What trolls do, just fascinating. :

    October 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    We apologize Lucien….but there is a thief who has damaged too many people along the way, and his internet crimes should not be ignored. Have a good day!

  15. Alright, I’ve had enough of this crap. I’m blocking all of you. Have a good one.

  16. John and Janal both busted right here, now available on T.T. Also looks like Casey received another porn offer, just a matter of time before Amanda gets one, imo.

  17. Thanks Lucien, time to do that imo, they totally distract your blog. Thanks again and keep up your great work.

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