Dean's take on the media: "Screw the facts"


Geraldine Sealey
November 18, 2004 3:36AM (UTC)

Forget DNC chair or 2008 presidential candidate. Perhaps Howard Dean should be national media ombudsman. Here's what "Howard Dean '71" had to say about the "failing" media, from the Yale Daily News:

"'The media is a failing institution in this country,' Dean said. 'They are not maintaining their responsibility to maintain democracy.'

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One of the major problems Dean focused on during the talk is the media's increased focus on entertainment at the expense of investigative journalism. 'The Monica Lewinsky scandal exploded,' Dean said, 'and suddenly the way to get to the top [in media] was salacious gossip and sex scandals. There is no investigative journalism worthy of the name.'

The television networks, especially Fox News, are most to blame for the increased focus in journalism on flash and entertainment, Dean said. Dean said these networks aim to entertain because 'entertainment sells better than news.' The infamous 'scream speech,' often blamed for Dean's loss to Sen. John Kerry '66 in the Democratic primaries, was partially a media fabrication because it was appealing for its entertainment value rather than its newsworthiness, Dean said.

'The media is trained to get the entertainment value and screw the facts,' he said."


Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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