The Gross National Debt

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Not that you care...


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Some time back I wrote a satire piece about how the American news room and the government had joined forces to outsource reporting to China. I can't find the article now.

So, I point you to this.

In short, the Chicago Tribune is hiring people in the Philippines to write news for the newspaper. Local news. Yes. People in the Philippines are being hired, while they live in the islands nation, to write local news.

This American Life checked into this and got nothing but evasions from the Tribune Company. Exactly as I would expect.

Meanwhile, real journalists in the US are being laid off. Meanwhile, the quality of the news in the "hyperlocal" publications has tanked. Hyperlocal, BTW, is the new journalism buzzword for what the majority of journalists have traditionally done are doing and will continue to do. It just means covering the news that happens where you live.

But, that's what folks want. You may disagree. You are in a minority.

So be it.

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