Saturday, June 25, 2005

EW? Who knew?

Just like Jon Stewart and his Daily Show ilk, I'm sick of how the media--in an effort to appear "objective"--have* totally stopped calling people out when they're full of shit. The best the mainstream media can offer us is this: when they broadcast or print some outlandish statement from one person, at the end of that story they will eventually find someone with a counter view, usually an individual at the other end of the spectrum.

That's not what I want.

Believe it or not, Entertainment Weekly has exactly what I want. in this Q&A with Tom Cruise, Tom goes motherhubbard insane and starts spewing the most outlandish things one would expect from an adherent to a "religion" where money gets you to the next highest level. Here's an example:

EW: ... Scientology textbooks sometimes refer to psychiatry as a ''Nazi science''...
Cruise: Well, look at the history. Jung was an editor for the Nazi papers during World War II.
You might think that, in this world of responsible journalism, EW might add a short piece after the Q&A presenting the "other side."

No. EW is now my media hero. Instead of letting the reader think for even a second that Cruise might be correct, EW inserts this bracketed information:

[According to Aryeh Maidenbaum, the director of the New York Center for Jungian Studies, this is not true.]

Hahahahaha. Take that, Tom! And it gets better--they do it again!

Cruise: Look at the experimentation the Nazis did with electric shock and drugging. Look at the drug methadone. That was originally called Adolophine. It was named after Adolf Hitler... [According to the Dictionary of Drugs and Medications, among other sources, this is an urban legend.]

This. Is. Awesome! Why doesn't the Post do this? Or CNN? If someone (especially a politician) says something that is blatantly wrong or unsupported, call him out on it right away! Let no lies go asserted! Power of the press! Revolution!

(Also in that EW issue: Matthew Vaughn is no longer directing X-Men 3. Damn.)

* I originally used the verb "has," but thankfully my inner grammarian caught it in time, or Not So Angry Husband would've given me shit about it. "It's a plural noun!"


Blogger liz said...

I love EW!

9:48 PM, June 25, 2005  
Blogger Neel Mehta said...

Just like Jon Stewart and his Daily Show ilk

Wait. Are you anti-Daily Show? First, I thought you were connecting them to the rest of the media. Then I realized you were allied with them against the media. But why "ilk"? Does that ever have a positive connotation?

That interview is great, by the way. Tom's falling apart without Cameron Crowe as his speechwriter.

9:58 PM, June 25, 2005  
Blogger George said...

Next up from Tom: more about how Mikey from the Life cereal commercials died when he simultaneously consumed pop rocks and soda.

See, if Mikey had been a Scientologist, then his death could hvae been prevented. But the mainstream media don't want you to know this.

10:32 PM, June 25, 2005  
Blogger Songbird said...

On the other hand, Jon Stewart would probably like being thought of as "ilk."
Wow, APL, I'm beginning to feel sorry I didn't renew my subscription to EW! I couldn't believe the crap Matt Lauer let Cruise get away with in that interview the other day. On the one hand, Cruise appeared to be self-destructing, but on the other, why was that the story? Why wasn't the story that he says things that aren't true?!?
Really, it all makes you wonder if he shouldn't be under a psychiatrist's care himself...

11:25 PM, June 25, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said... has a blast deflating urban legends.

I think Tom is probably beyond psychiatry's powers at this point, but someone should take Katie for some deprogramming.


11:50 PM, June 25, 2005  
Anonymous LisaV said...

I know I read the same interview. I thought if only Bush were held to the same standards of accuracy.

12:11 AM, June 26, 2005  
Blogger Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

On the other hand, Jon Stewart would probably like being thought of as "ilk."

That's exactly why I used it--I can picture Jon using it. I don't think of it having a negative connotation. It's just a great, funny-sounding word for "kind."

7:16 AM, June 26, 2005  
Blogger Laura said...

*I* could be a better journalist and just use the wikipedia:

Methadone was introduced into the United States in 1947 by Eli Lilly and Company as an analgesic (They gave it the trade name Dolophine® which is now registered to Roxane Laboratories). Since then, it has been best known for its use in treating narcotic addiction, though it is also used in managing chronic pain due to its long duration of action and very low cost. In late 2004, the cost of a one month supply of methadone is 20 USD, as compared to an equivalent analgesic amount of Demerol at 120 USD. The old name Dolophine comes from the German Dolphium. The name derives from the Latin "dolor" (pain).


10:04 PM, June 26, 2005  
Blogger anbruch said...

EW's strategy reminds me of Media Matters at its best, when it simply states the factual inaccuracies of the media. Only EW has internalized this procedure.

Yes, it would be a good technique for mainstream media to adopt on a regular basis.


2:09 PM, June 27, 2005  

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