The Huffington Post’s manipulative spin on the Denver Post’s temper tantrum is extraordinary:
In An Extraordinary Act Of Defiance, Denver Post Urges Its Owner To Sell The Paper
That’s the propagandistic headline, and it is worth tearing apart to illustrate just how out of touch the profession has become.
They want to issue decrees. They want to be social engineers. They want to meddle and tell the world what to do.
The temper tantrum is no “defiance”, extraordinary or otherwise. A owner can do whatever she wishes with what she owns.
But journalists are still smarting after November 2016. They told people how to vote, and they didn’t listen. Then they told people it was all Russia and Facebook’s fault and people should immediately delete their accounts. People kept their accounts and ignored them.
The Canadian media then demanded their government give them money so they could continue to do whatever they wanted with someone else’s assets. They didn’t get what they wanted.
Trump is still in power. Facebook will recover. Russia is making fun of their paranoia.
Now journalists are demanding that their owners do what their employees want, never mind those employees were actively destroying their own profession with their incessant arrogance.
They looked down on readers. They were covering garbage instead of real news. They were issuing opinions instead of facts.
Audiences were disgusted and walked away, and now what? Their owners are supposed to keep funding a dead profession. You do not own the paper — or do you understand the political system you live in?
Or do you expect the rules not to apply to you because you’r what? Superior to everyone else? Get over yourselves.
Memo to the Denver Post: you lost the war. You can make no demands. If you do not like what your bosses are doing — quit and walk away. You do not own that newspaper.
I walked away from journalism because that industry was broken beyond repair. It was people like you who destroyed the profession because you were willfully oblivious. You issued your decrees and thought the Great Unwashed would be impressed with your self-serving sophistry.
They abandoned you on the battlefield.
Do you understand what that actually means?
You lost the game, the battle, and the war. You are prisoners of that war, and the victors can do whatever they want.
If you were a little less lazy and arrogant, this wouldn’t have happened. You ignored people who warned you repeatedly what was happening. You thought you were smarter.
Well, you’re not.
Stop throwing your temper tantrums. Start writing your letters to apology to everyone whose lives you ruined. Then write to those audiences you talked down to because you wanted them to abandon their freewill to do what you wanted.
This is the reason why journalism is no longer a thing. The profound lack of respect had its consequences, and those consequences was the destruction of a once noble profession.
That’s the truth and reality of the situation. Now deal with it without telling other people what to do.
You want change? It starts with losing the arrogant attitude and changing your own behaviours first.
Otherwise, shut up and deal with it.