Media ignores ATF internal scandals
David Codrea asks why the mass media have been ignoring a series of management scandals within ATF. It's a good question.
For many years, the answer would have been that to the MSM gun laws were a pet project and thus ATF a pet agency. Today, it may be a more generic problem. I don't see much reporting in depth on ... well, on anything. If the reporter couldn't understand the issue in five minutes (or quote a press release in that time) it gets ignored. It's true with local news, too ... at least when sports aren't at issue.
Absolutely, you nailed it.
Posted by: tkdkerry at January 5, 2011 07:50 AM
You nailed it but what you do not realize is the underlying cause. You see the media has received a public education which means that they have been handed everything and do not know how to think much less how to think and reason for themselves. Therefore, like the cashier who when you hand a larger bill and the change does not know what to do, neither does the reporter if you do not tell them what to think
Posted by: Rich at January 6, 2011 06:27 AM
If you want to see another example of BATF reach look at the case of the model rocket hobby groups against the BATF. The BATF passed a ruling which made a non-explosive propellant an explosive in order for them to regulate who could launch large model rockets.
It cost hobbyists nearly $1M to fight the bastards. The BATF got defeated on all counts. AFAIK not a single story about it outside of the hobby magazines.
Posted by: Quilly Mammoth at January 6, 2011 08:55 AM
It's not just crappy education [although that certainly contributes], it's that most 'reporters' study 'journalism' in college, where they're taught not to 'report' facts and such but to 'describe' and 'explain' 'narratives' and 'messages' to the ignorant public. They are to become 'journalists', which apparently means they don't really need to know anything except how to string together words to make a sentence. And they don't need to understand anything at all.
The journalism majors I get in my class are second worst, only better than the education majors.
Posted by: JorgXMcKie at January 6, 2011 10:21 AM