Rhodes to ruin

The only thing Rhodes has correctly stated is this:

“All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus. Now they don’t. They call us to explain to them what’s happening in Moscow and Cairo. Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.”

Applies to him as well. The video comes from The Rough ‘Final Year’ of Ben Rhodes. Enjoy, but it’s a shame it took eight years of idiocy to set it up.

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24 Responses to Rhodes to ruin

  1. stackja

    Australian MSM knows nothing too.

  2. Fisky

    This crank gave $100 billion to Iran and wonders how Russia was unleashed. Sad!

  3. MPH

    The best bit was in the NYT profile where he was described as having ‘mind meld’ with Obama – made my skin crawl.

  4. wal1957

    Journalists treat a political press release as the gospel ‘truth’.
    Some senior, older journalists in media organisations have told me that they despair at the younger journalists. Most of a particular mindset, and totally unprepared (with their university degree) to be able to work in the real world.

  5. OneWorldGovernment

    Journalism, along with most other bullshit “degrees”, should not gain any funding at all.

  6. Tintarella di Luna

    Journalism became j’ism the moment it became a university degree.

  7. Entropy

    Susan Rice is now on the board of Netflix. The Obamas just got a gig there. What’s to bet this clown ends up there too?

  8. I’ve known this for a long time. It’s been evident with the writing styles, lack of research, poor grammar and spelling, and clearly just repeating what’s been written elsewhere.

    The only ‘old’ journalists seem to be in rural areas nowadays, reporting on local affairs and so having to actually be on the ground where the events are happening.

    Our local rags are no better than the international ones and just as Left leaning. And the more that go behind a paywall the better; less crap to smell.

  9. Tom

    Journalism became j’ism the moment it became a university degree.

    Correct, Tinta. Abandoning learning on the job in a cadetship was fatal for the profession. J’ism schools are full of children who not only can’t spell, but can’t get their facts right — because they’re taught accuracy and credibility are secondary to “issues” (that is, peddling left-wing activism). And all most of them think about is being a “writer”. J’ism schools are the problem.

    Oh, and the first thing a good reporter would figure out is that activists like Ben Rhodes are enemies of truth-telling.

  10. mareeS

    Older journo here, veteran of rounds and what used to be the sub’s desk.

    How did it get to the situation where youngsters with crap credentials regurgitate word for word, without editorial oversight or any level of checking, press releases from international pressure groups, while editing out any alternative views?

    We actually were taught about the dangers of value judgements in cadet classes back in the 1970s.

    Yes, I know what has become of the old craft, but I would have thought the comrades would have bulked up at what’s happened to Tommy Robinson.

  11. Louis Hissink

    Ah, the benefits of the K-12 education policy, the production of generally obedient citizen’s who are free to wander around the subtle boundaries of the intellectual cage they carry around with them.

    The cage is the belief system they find themselves.

  12. H B Bear

    J’ismists are going the way of candlestick makers. Deservedly.

    The only safe ones are at the ALPBC, the Socialist Broadcasting Service and elsewhere with the taxpayer isolating them from market forces.

  13. Boambee John

    Problem is, we can’t go back to the cadetship system, because the ones who would be mentoring the cadets are the current useless idiots. Rhodes was able to recognise tge problem, but he used it for his own purposes, he had and still has no interest in fixing it.

  14. Entropy

    I am not one to be yet home from work when the news is on, so my expectations were probably set in the seventies. So when I occasionally watch it, it is quite striking how many of tv news journos are attractive young women in their twenties, while the men are mostly older. Grey hair preferred.
    That said it would be a very brave call to suggest they got their job for their looks more than their skills. I could end up treated like a foreign cricketer.

  15. Boambee John

    Entropy

    of tv news journos are attractive young women in their twenties,

    Selected from the YFP demographic. Young, female, photogenic. Brains optional.

  16. Brian

    Every time I see Mr Rhodes, he reminds me of George Costanza in looks and mannerisms.

  17. Brian Moran

    Every time I see Mr Rhodes, he reminds me of George Costanza in looks and mannerisms.

  18. Leo G

    How did it get to the situation where youngsters with crap credentials regurgitate word for word, without editorial oversight or any level of checking, press releases from international pressure groups, while editing out any alternative views?

    Fourth Estate to furphy state in one generation of reporters.

  19. Beachcomber

    University schools of ‘journalism’ were one of the most important steps in the march through the institutions. Any decent conservative government would defund them along with all the other cultural Marxist indoctrination centres in universities (gender studies, sustainability studies etc. etc.), but the UniParty will never do that.

  20. Percy Popinjay

    Journalism became j’ism

    Jizzathon Green will never live that down.

    Selected from the YFP demographic. Young, female, photogenic. Brains unnecessary.

    Fixed.

  21. Percy Popinjay

    J’ism schools are the problem.

    According to Media Violence Project staff psychologist Divad Egrub:

    “Journalism school leaves these people ill-prepared for life in conventional society,” explains Egrub. “They see typical American people expressing normal opinions, and it causes confusion. In time, they become boiling cauldrons of paranoia and rage. This triggers a ‘fight or flight’ reaction, and sometimes they simply lash out.”

  22. JohnL

    According to Wikipedia:

    A journalist is a person who collects, writes, or distributes news or other current information to the public. A journalist’s work is called journalism.

    and

    Journalism refers to the production and distribution of reports on recent events.

    Could someone please compile a list of persons in Australia that conform to the above descriptions.

  23. it is quite striking how many of tv news journos are attractive young women in their twenties, while the men are mostly older.

    That seems to be the way of all TV program, even the morning pap shows. Most of those fronting the camera just read what’s placed in front of them and have little idea about any of the background and details behind the topics.

  24. OneWorldGovernment

    War is the result of politicians who fail to do their jobs.

    The qualifications for diplomat are fluid, to say the least. Consider Ben Rhodes, who served as Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications for Obama.

    Rhodes grew up in Upper Manhattan and has an MFA in creative writing from New York University. He was a speechwriter.

    But Rhodes has a brother who is president of CBS News. That made Rhodes an instant foreign policy expert, which led to the disastrous backing of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the dropping sanctions against Cuba for nothing in return, and the nukes-for-Iran deal.

    Clarice Feldman has a better idea: “Instead of picking out negotiators from the Ivy League, we ought to scout out and hire the best oriental carpet and car salesmen.”

    Good point. They are patriotic and have proved themselves to be great at negotiation. They also have no compunction about misleading the blood-thirsty jackals in Iran, North Korea, and wherever else our enemies may lie.

    Best of all, they work on commission. They are that good and that confident.

    You put the guy who sold me my last car (and it is a beaut) in charge and Kim Jong Un will be buying the extended warranty, the maintenance agreement, and the undercoating.

    Come to think of it, that is who we are sending, isn’t it? Look for the opening of Trump Tower Pyongyang in 2025.

    http://donsurber.blogspot.com/2018/05/hiring-diplomats.html

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