Saturday, September 11, 2010

Time Magazine - anything goes...

This week's Time magazine reflects how personal and group ideology took over large sectors of journalism and how once big name newspapers and magazines, in their desperate attempt to survive are resorting to anything and everything.

Newsweek was sold last month for $1 dollar.
Time seems to feel the heat. Their newsstands sales went down by about 35% during the second semester of 2009, and by another one third in the first months of 2010. Overall subscription went down by 17% from 2006 to 2009 and by another 6% in the first half of 2010.
Rick Stengel, Time's managing editor, its most senior editor, said this past June: "we convert information into knowledge".
But judging from the latest Time Magazine cover and corresponding article "Why Israel doesn't care about peace", it looks like Rick Stengel would better define Time's editorial guidelines as "we convert the journalists ideology into a hypothesis offensive enough to generate polemics and hopefully .... sales."
To Stengel and Vick (the author of the article, who got his five minutes of fame, and whose name will for sure fade away in journalism's history), I have one question: how many parents did you interview for your article, in order to substantiate your claim? How many parents did you interview with the following question:"How happy are you to send your children to the army for 3 full years once they reach 18 years of age."
Only distorted minds like Stengel and Vick's could have published in the front page of their magazine that Israeli parents don't care about peace. But, hey, for sure they were thinking "anything goes to save our jobs..."

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