Neal Barton's POV

RIP investigative journalism


POSTED: Friday, January 18, 2013 - 8:01pm

UPDATED: Monday, January 21, 2013 - 1:15pm

It is amazing to cover the news.

One thing this week that has amazed me. You can't get any of the mainstream media to care one bit about four oath-taking U.S. consulate workers who are murdered in Libya. But they are absolutely smitten with the linebacker from Notre Dame story.

You see it everywhere you go. I am still not quite sure why a kid duped was such a big deal.

Don't get me wrong, it's sad and embarrassing for Notre Dame, but most of the big media I have seen is just taken with it.

I spoke at a lunch this week and someone asked me what it will take to reporters to start paying attention to the news again..

I don't think they ever will. They have done what they can to protect this president. I have said before, I think all TV news is heading to opinion.

The bigs have been there for years. They would not admit it, but they are.

The way to get change is to hammer your politicians. Hold them accountable. I know that's a dull plan, but that's the only way I know how.

A media friend and I were discussing this infatuation with this football player story this morning and he utters these words, and boy, are they right. "Investigative journalism is dead, except for sports news."

Think about it.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

you can email me at or Facebook me at KETK Neal Barton.

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Its all about the money, its about what sells, its about bringing in the advertisers. If you speak up against it your called all kind of names, communist, socialist or some other god awful thing. I don't know about the others but Fox news is not even classified as a news organization by its own definition its an entertainment organization. Watch Neal when he reports on TV, he leads you to focus on a specific view ... his view. Go back to just reporting the news and trust us to think on our own.

Aren't you in charge of content at your news station? I watch all three station's news shows and KETK is about as unoriginal as they come. If you want people to care about what you think is best then give us a reason to care. This comes across as whining.

Aren't you in charge of determining content? I watch all three stations and see same information on your news shows as the others. So why are you whining about this?

The MSM is now the U.S. version of Pravda.

Simple as that.

Hobarian, DO NOT use God's Word in a context that is NOT associated with what He is saying!
John 8:32
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
This is speaking of salvation through Jesus Christ. Do not apply it to the mundane tripe that is spouted by journalists. Have respect please.

I think all TV news is heading to opinion.
Yes, I have seen someone who gives his POV every day. I don't like it.
Apparently.the writer of this column doesn't like it either, EXCEPT when he does it!,
Check this link to see where the debt comes from. Bush Tax Cuts, Bush Wars, Republican refusal to regulate banks and lending institutions. NEAL CHECK IT OUT!

Sadly, the mainstream media is all about opinion and agenda at the expense of the truth. A journalist is no longer a news reporter but a news maker. I strongly believe that many of our tragedies, controversies, and "realities" are media created or enhanced in such a way to bring the consumer focus to a specific view. Sensationalism rules. Some argue that is what the people want but if you give them nothing more than pap, they do not know there is an alternative. "Truth can set you free".

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