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Murdoch to media: You dug yourself a huge hole [condescension, arrogance, complacency ...]
CNet ^ | November 16, 2008 | Charles Cooper

Posted on 11/17/2008 3:46:07 AM PST by Mike Fieschko

With newspapers cutting back and predictions of even worse times ahead, Rupert Murdoch said the profession may still have a bright future if it can shake free of reporters and editors who he said have forfeited the trust and loyalty of their readers.

"My summary of the way some of the established media has responded to the internet is this: it's not newspapers that might become obsolete. It's some of the editors, reporters, and proprietors who are forgetting a newspaper's most precious asset: the bond with its readers," said Murdoch, the chairman and chief executive officer of News Corp. He made his remarks as part of a lecture series sponsored by the Australian Broadcast Corporation.

Murdoch to journalists:
Shape up or risk extinction(Credit: Dan Farber)

Murdoch, whose company's holdings also include MySpace and the Wall Street Journal, criticized what he described as a culture of "complacency and condescension" in some newsrooms.

"The complacency stems from having enjoyed a monopoly--and now finding they have to compete for an audience they once took for granted. The condescension that many show their readers is an even bigger problem. It takes no special genius to point out that if you are contemptuous of your customers, you are going to have a hard time getting them to buy your product. Newspapers are no exception."

The 77-year-old Murdoch, recalling a long career in newspapers that began when his father's death forced him to take over the Adelaide News in 1952, said the profession has failed to creatively respond to changes wrought by technology.

"It used to be that a handful of editors could decide what was news-and what was not. They acted as sort of demigods. If they ran a story, it became news. If they ignored an event, it never happened. Today editors are losing this power. The Internet, for example, provides access to thousands of new sources that cover things an editor might ignore. And if you aren't satisfied with that, you can start up your own blog and cover and comment on the news yourself. Journalists like to think of themselves as watchdogs, but they haven't always responded well when the public calls them to account."

To make his point, Murdoch criticized the media reaction after bloggers debunked a "60 Minutes" report by former CBS anchor, Dan Rather, that President Bush had evaded service during his days in the National Guard.

"Far from celebrating this citizen journalism, the establishment media reacted defensively. During an appearance on Fox News, a CBS executive attacked the bloggers in a statement that will go down in the annals of arrogance. '60 Minutes,' he said, was a professional organization with 'multiple layers of checks and balances.' By contrast, he dismissed the blogger as 'a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing.' But eventually it was the guys sitting in their pajamas who forced Mr. Rather and his producer to resign.

"Mr. Rather and his defenders are not alone," he continued. "A recent American study reported that many editors and reporters simply do not trust their readers to make good decisions. Let's be clear about what this means. This is a polite way of saying that these editors and reporters think their readers are too stupid to think for themselves."

Murdoch's comments come at a time when the media landscape looks increasingly bleak both for print-based and online news organizations. A recent report by Goldman Sachs predicted that advertising pressure will continue because of the declines in the auto and financial industries. Online outlets are also feeling the impact. On Friday, shut its San Francisco office

Despite the blemishes, however, Murdoch said newspapers can still count on circulation gains "if papers provide readers with news they can trust." He added they will also need to embrace technology advances like RSS feeds and targeted e-mails. The challenge, according to Murdoch, will be to "use a newspaper's brand while allowing readers to personalize the news for themselves-and then deliver it in the ways that they want."

"The newspaper, or a very close electronic cousin, will always be around. It may not be thrown on your front doorstep the way it is today. But the thud it makes as it lands will continue to echo around society and the world," he said.

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: balancethebias; biasmeanslayoffs; drivebymedia; enemedia; medialiberalism; mediots; murdoch; trysellingthetruth
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To: SunkenCiv

Obama Love

41 posted on 11/17/2008 11:06:49 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: PhilDragoo; devolve
Down with the media dinosaurs! CHOP, CHOP!

42 posted on 11/17/2008 1:03:52 PM PST by potlatch
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To: potlatch

Lol, bigtime html messup!! Preview showed fine!

43 posted on 11/17/2008 1:04:57 PM PST by potlatch
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To: george76; devolve
Lol, thanks for the ping George. was going to post another graphic but after messing up once I think I'll forgo another.
44 posted on 11/17/2008 1:07:51 PM PST by potlatch
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To: potlatch; PhilDragoo; ntnychik; MeekOneGOP

45 posted on 11/17/2008 1:51:20 PM PST by devolve ( ____"hussein the creepy" -- Evan Thomas - Nudesweek ____)
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To: devolve

Lol, I used your spacer gif above to see how many things I could post in a line. Preview showed it just right for some reason, but I forgot to put a <break tag before posting. Funny.

46 posted on 11/17/2008 1:55:45 PM PST by potlatch
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To: Uversabound

Imagine, a picture of someone who has done nothing.

We can see how Musolini or Hitler rose to power.
————————————————————————————— thats a mouth full of truth.

47 posted on 11/17/2008 2:18:50 PM PST by Beamreach (what is truth, Jesus Christ is truth, and truth shall set you free!!)
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To: potlatch


Oh that was it

I only see 554 pixels wide on a line unless the images are in individual <table cells

48 posted on 11/17/2008 2:32:07 PM PST by devolve ( ____"hussein the creepy" -- Evan Thomas - Nudesweek ____)
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To: devolve

[Oh that was it]

Yeah, first time I’ve messed up in ages but I used that 544 spacer ‘to get an idea’ and forgot to remove it or put a break tag. Lol.

Now the dino’s are almost chasing the axe!

49 posted on 11/17/2008 2:36:19 PM PST by potlatch
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To: potlatch


I think I made the s and p tags 600 pixels wide

1 pixel height for s and 15 pixels height for p

50 posted on 11/17/2008 2:41:13 PM PST by devolve ( ____"hussein the creepy" -- Evan Thomas - Nudesweek ____)
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To: devolve

It’s an old Photobucket BR.gif. I’ve kept it in my ‘ready to post’ images along with some other small spacers.

51 posted on 11/17/2008 2:45:19 PM PST by potlatch
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To: potlatch



52 posted on 11/17/2008 2:49:31 PM PST by devolve ( ____"hussein the creepy" -- Evan Thomas - Nudesweek ____)
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To: Mike Fieschko; Buckhead; TankerKC

Recent Lectures

Sunday 16 November 2008

Lecture 3: The future of newspapers: moving beyond dead trees

Rupert Murdoch at heart is a traditional newspaperman. But he sees the wood for the trees. Newspapers will thrive in the 21st century if proprietors fully comprehend what it means to be alive in the era of information.  Read Transcript

53 posted on 11/17/2008 4:32:07 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: JerseyHighlander
I see the same thing every day. Instead of finding stories that are relevant to their readers' lives, papers run stories reflecting their own interests. Instead of writing for their audience, they are writing for their fellow journalists. And instead of commissioning stories that will gain them readers, some editors commission stories whose sole purpose is the quest for a prize.

When I started out in the business, anyone who dared parade a prize for excellence would have been hooted out of the newsroom for taking himself too seriously. But today the desire for awards has become a fetish. Papers may be losing money, losing circulation, and laying off people left and right. But they will have a wall full of awards—prisoners of the past rather than enthusiasts for the future.

He is so right about this... the business is geared toward prizes - the ONLY real prize newspapers should be competing for is the respect and loyalty of their readers.

54 posted on 11/18/2008 6:22:55 PM PST by GOPJ (Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Democrats: 13.2 Republicans: 2.1 -Olson)
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