By Max Kolonko | August 30, 2015
There is a common denominator for all these events -It’s the fall of journalism – let me tell you why.
The Fox’s anchor is Megyn Kelly. She’s the one who asked that question during republican debate watched by 24 million people:Trump didn’t like that much.Now he let’s her have it – calling her a “bimbo” she received threats as people didn’t like that as well ratings dropped. She took a leave, then came back but she’s still bleeding ratings Fox’s CEO Roger Ailes defended Kelly saying she “represents the very best of American journalism”.
Megyn Kelly is not a journalist. I have told you that a year ago . She is a lawyer turned journalist and should never co-anchor such a serious political event as presidential debate. I wondered what happened to the Fox News heavyweight Bill O’Reilly why he wasn’t anchoring. Bill O’Reilly would’ve never allowed for such tabloid a question be asked in his presence.
But the question popped as it was Megyn Kelly herself to ask such question as there was a huge pressure from the republican lobby to get rid of Trump’s threat before the debate. All they needed was a good gotcha question
and Kelly was supposed to be the one – like an obsequious poodle –
to give them Trump – put him on the wall and accomplish the victory
But it all turned against her.
The second case – it’s Jorge Ramos a Univision reporter in full disclosure Univision got a lawsuit filed by Trump against them for $0.5 B for breach of Miss Universe contract.
Now the Univision reporter came to Trump’s event, He knew he most likely won’t have the opportunity to ask questions so he started asking questions not being called. Trump retorted you weren’t called – but he goes on – they escorted him out finally – Ramos is recording every move to show what tough a reporter he is – gotcha journalism at its best – but finally they allowed him to get back in and ask questions but now he’s not asking questions but forming opinions besmirching D. Trump playing into his station’s bosses and its audience like Megyn Kelly was playing into Fox News and the republican party. He is doing it for the Latino audience to prove before them what a brave journalist he is – Gotcha journalism at its worse:
And the third example is Pawel Kukiz, the former presidential candidate in Poland’s May elections. He is the guest of The Republic television station (an independent, commercial station in Poland). Living here in New York I’ve never seen their programming. I bet it’s very good. They published that interview – i understand it wasn’t aired (it was). They posted it on YouTube and that made me wonder Cause if they aired such garbage – cause it’s garbage
it means two things for me: First – they don’t get what opinionated news is all about they consider it good and it’s not – or – Two – the pressure to attack Kukiz was so strong they chose to air that bad clip – in fact – embarrassing their station and the journalist and to air it anyway only to destroy Kukiz and de facto become a propaganda tool for PIS (Law and Justice Party which is leading in polls). Otherwise I can’t find any coherent reason for them to air that clip – which is a total journalistic garbage. I encourage you to see the entire clip yourself. It’s amazing – I’ve never seen anything like it. I never knew opinionated news in Poland was in such a poor shape. They go at each other – for the first 15 mins I don’t know what they ‘re talking about they jump from one subject to another we all suffer through it
after 20 mins I begin to wonder who throws towel first: either me, the journalist, Kukiz or my television set – something’s gotta give here.
At one point Kukiz says he went to Ukraine and saw anti-Polish sentiment building there and the journalist says: And I was there too and I didn’t see it.
And I was in Hawaii and saw a shark with a jaw this big!
Who cares what the journalist saw or didn’t see. Kukiz is the guest here, Kukiz is the former presidential candidate who still carries double digit support and I want to know his opinions not hers. Same with Donald Trump.
Who cares what a Univision reporter thinks- btw Ramos should speak English first – cause I have trouble understanding him. I’m not interested what journalists have to say but what their guest do that’s what opinionated news in interviews format is all about if a journalist wants to express his opinion -turn the camera on yourself and talk all you want but leave your guest in the studio alone he is the one to talk – not you. And this is the patology of Polish journalism you can see it all over: TVN, TVP, Polsat- (Poland’s television stations). A Polsat journalist was once arguing his views with his guest so strongly he went 20 minutes over air time allowed for the show. And this is what a TVN broadcast journalist introduced in Poland in the 90s as back than there was the thaw after years of communist’s rule so when an anchor attacked the guest viciously. People applauded: what a brave ournalist! But this was 20 years ago.
The media has changed since – Poland has changed, the world has changed – but they remained still. The journalism is now as it was then.
When I watch Polish opinionated news programs in studio format. I don’t know what they’re talking about – they argue the more people the more fight – I can’t even hear sometimes what they say they have such an good “debate” that as a viewer I take nothing from it.
Now – I completely to get it what these guest do come to those shows it escapes me why they come knowing that you’ll be attacked and destroyed so that the journalist could in the end triumphantly announce: “And my today’s guest was so and so” when the infuriated guest leaves the studio. This is their creme de la creme – this is their gotcha moment, the moment when they got to this guest so bad they got’em so good, destroyed him that he decides to walk away from live interview. I always say – should bring a baseball bat to the studio – don’t leave but take a good swing instead – you’ll there’s no brains there. That’s what you should do – a “teachable moment”.
Otherwise I don’t know why you come to those shows argue and fight. Why you all do that? You only build up their ratings then they show it to the advertisers and say – this many people watched us. And those comments? Aahh – forget comments…
Just look at those comments – they’re 100% negative. Now I read the new head of Polish public broadcaster TVP met with the journalists. Said to reporters – We’re ending with tabloidisation of the media. The reporters go – Yesssir! We have ended with tabloidisation, right away a poll arrives out of the blue – their ratings improved – they’re leading now. Really miracles! It’s a miracle Mr Chairman!
Mr Chairman if you have such powers make fish rain. I go to Poland with a bucket and give the fish to the poor. Really. Also please remember that come fall – TVP usually changes studio’s decor – the “new” arrived – while it’s same old same old reporters – with some masks on – so they could paint themselves as someone else. Keep it up – but don’t complain later that you get 100% negative comments. That article about TVP chairman making miracles. It’s got 100% negative comments. 100%.
How come – I get 1 million views -and 20 000 likes? See for yourself. It means people can reward good journalism. People ain’t stupid. But elsewhere people very often come and comment negatively and they show it to advertisers and say – look how popular we are! Show us the money – and the thing spins round
Why you do that – it escapes me.
And lastly: It happens to me sometimes – like yesterday . I banned a viewer from my MaxTV Youtube channel as he said I only tell it like it is for personal gains. That I got some hidden agenda in my journalism.
There are people in this world, in Poland, US, elsewhere who do certain things on principle for universal reasons like patriotism, Poland, nation, America -things we believe in and we do it on our own – like Trump I don’t need nobody’s money. I don’t need to play into them – to get their dough
to tell later what they want me to say I can afford that – and I receive donations from you for which I thank you. But cause of that I can tell it like it is because that’s what I believe in – for universal values and not for some interest. We Poles always had some small crazy interest in our history that ruined our country. If we didn’t like sth cause it was against our personal interest – we bashed the idea immediately. We Poles don’t think larger – in terms of the nation for other reasons than our own personal gain.
I do all this because a quarter of a century ago I left Poland for America
From that mess that was there 25 years later I get emails from you and I see myself in those mails. You tell me the exact same things I said when I was in Poland. A quarter of a century passed and in Poland nothing changed.
Just as the government lied to you then – it lies to you now.
Just as politicians cheated on you then – they cheat on you now.
Just as journalists were bulls*tting you back then – they bulls*it you now.
Just as businessmen stole from you then – they stole from you now.
So whom are you to trust? A priest in a church?
Switch to the internet to watch the only television worth watching – MaxTV
I’m telling like it is – Max Kolonko – New York
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