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Want A Little Cheese With That Whine, Mr. Williams?

You tell me – an entitlement mentality, an over inflated ego, or just a pathetic moron?

“You’re going to be up against people who have an opinion, a modem, and a bathrobe. All of my life, developing credentials to cover my field of work, and now I’m up against a guy named Vinny in an efficiency apartment in the Bronx who hasn’t left the efficiency apartment in two years” — Brian Williams, anchor of the “NBC Nightly News,” speaking before New York University journalism students on the challenges traditional journalism faces from online media.

Apparently in William’s world, Vinny isn’t entitled to an opinion because he didn’t go to J School and hasn’t spent his life “developing his credentials to cover [his] field of work”, even though old Vinny has more readers than Williams has viewers and more credibility as well.

Words from a dinosaur that hasn’t yet picked up on the heavy impact meteor crash which has occurred in his world and spells eventual extinction for his kind. And, frankly, the sooner the better.

~McQ

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23 Responses to Want A Little Cheese With That Whine, Mr. Williams?

  • Williams misses a pretty important point. What we are finding — to little surprise outside of the halls of government, academia and journalism itself — is that an intelligent, articulate person with subject matter expertise does a better job of communicating a story about their topic of expertise than a professional journalist whose expertise is in communicating topical stories, rather than in the topics themselves. Why do I need a journalist intermediary to tell me about the latest developments in technology, when the designers of that technology blog? Why do I need a journalist to tell me about local events, when the secretary of the city council and the local gossip both blog? Journalists are becoming disintermediated via the Internet, in Glenn Reynolds’ wonder phrase, and they do not yet know how to cope. Oddly enough, the answer is in their history: beat reporters with real expertise, coupled with the resources of a professional media institution, could out-inform the public vs. most bloggers. But since that requires real work and effort to build expertise in something other than smarminess, today’s “journalists” want nothing to do with it, to their ultimate peril.
     

  • “You tell me – an entitlement mentality, an over inflated ego, or just a pathetic moron?”
    I think you have a healthy dose of all three going on here.  What a jerk!

    • Ummm…my comment is referring to Brian Williams.  After I read it, I thought it might be confusing as to who the jerk was.

  • If journalists actually practiced journalism as they portray it to the public (objective, impartial, thorough, balanced, etc), I maybe could dig up a tear to shed for Mr. Williams.

  • McQApparently in William’s world, Vinny isn’t entitled to an opinion because he didn’t go to J School and hasn’t spent his life “developing his credentials to cover [his] field of work”, even though old Vinny has more readers than Williams has viewers and more credibility as well.

    It really seems to chap quite a few a**es in newsrooms around the country that bloggers have gained so much credibility and traffic, doesn’t it?  Is it because the mask has come off and people have realized that MiniTru has been, if not lying to them exactly, then at least attempting to manipulate them for decades?  Or is it even more fundamental: that people are realizing that being a “journalist” is so easy that anybody can do it?

    … developing credentials to cover my field of work…

    Um, exactly what are those “credentials”, Mr. Williams?  Showing up somewhere with a cameraman or crew, shooting a few feet of film, asking somebody else to tell you what’s going on, and then blabbing about it on TV for a few minutes?  You’ve been to J-school where, so near as I can tell, all you learned was to string words together into a brief, descriptive narrative, something most of us managed to learn by the end of grammar school.  What else?  You’ve been to many countries… as have quite a few GI’s, businessmen, and tourists.  You’ve rubbed elbows with the high and mighty.  Do you somehow get the idea that just because you’ve interviewed bigshots (who told you what they wanted your viewers to know, not necessarily the truth) that you are one of them? 

    What else?  What makes you think you are soooooo much better than Vinny?  Oh, other than your big fat salary, posh office, make-up artist and hoardes of sychophants?

    “Now, really, let me ask, sir, have you? — do you believe you have anything to do? or to speak in plain terms, do you really think that what you do deserves being called anything?”

    Edmond Dantes, the Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)

    • It really seems to chap quite a few a**es in newsrooms around the country that bloggers have gained so much credibility and traffic, doesn’t it? 

      Oh, absolutely. We get one of these “more in sorrow than in anger” thumb suckers from somebody in the traditional media world once or twice a year, often with truly imbecilic ideas on what to do about it. Here’s me commenting on one from a couple of years back, before you showed up at QandO. It’s so bad you would almost think it’s a caricature, but it’s from a real journalism professor.

      • Billy HollisSorry, the trust of your audience is already gone. You threw it away.

        This is a big part of why people bother to read Vinny’s blog: their trust in The Media has pretty much been destroyed.  If I still trusted MiniTru, thought that they were giving me the whole story, had faith that they actually, really know what they are talking about, and believed that they weren’t twisting, spinning, burying, or flat making up “news” to suit political agendas and preconceived notions about how the world works, I wouldn’t have much of a need for blogs.  But, sadly, because I have come to believe that trusting MiniTru is about as smart as trusting a used car salesman, I need alternate sources of info.

        O’ course, it also helps that I can interact with the author of a blog post.  This interaction is also very helpful in keeping the quality of blog information pretty high: a blogger can be challenged almost immediately if his facts are wrong, and it’s there for all the other readers to see.  MiniTru, if they get caught out, may take weeks to run a “correction” on page Z-43… even while the run prominent op-eds and analyses that are basically criticisms of their own readers for DARING to question skilled, professional journalists and their layers of editors and fact-checkers.

  • Considering the fact that Mencken, Samuel Johnson and Twain did pretty well as reporters with a grand total of 1 year of college between them (and one of them an elementary school dropout to boot!), I think that Williams is as idiotic as usual. Reporting used to be an apprenticed trade, and was much the better for it before the foulness known as “journalism” took root in city rooms.

  • Amazing. Mr. Williams complains about the difficulties of competing against unqualifed and inexperienced amateurs. Tell me, Brian, what kind of moron admits that? What happens if that housebound geek gets a new suit and a makeover? How will we tell them apart?

    • timactualAmazing. Mr. Williams complains about the difficulties of competing against unqualifed and inexperienced amateurs. Tell me, Brian, what kind of moron admits that?

      LOL!

  • Brian Williams seems a bit bitter to see that the stupid, clueless, unwashed masses aren’t tuning in to watch him on TV, preferring instead to plop their hairy hindsides in front of a computer and read blog posts from other mouth-breathers.  Gee, Brian, I wonder why they’d prefer the latter…

  • You’re going to be up against people who have an opinion, a modem, and a bathrobe. All of my life, developing credentials to cover my field of work, and now I’m up against a guy named Vinny in an efficiency apartment in the Bronx who hasn’t left the efficiency apartment in two years” — Brian Williams, anchor of the “NBC Nightly News,” speaking before New York University journalism students on the challenges traditional journalism faces from online media.

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    Vinny does a better job than Brian Williams. At least he’s not slobbing Obama’s knob for access…

    • hmmm….hey guys, if that comment was too crude, please feel free to delete. Sorry!

      • Wait…. You mean Williams expected to get something?  He wasn’t just doing it because he felt it a privilege???

  • What I find doubly amusing about this brand of bitter cluelessness is that Williams was addressing an audience who, more than likely, are–or at least relate to– “Vinny from da Bronx” in more respects than they do to some hack copy reader they probably have never watched.

  • Brian Williams’ statement,  “All of my life, developing credentials to cover my field of work…” is disingenuous to say the least.

    Brian Williams is not a college graduate. He dropped out of Catholic University to take a job in the Carter Administration and never went back.

    Williams is a pretty-boy celebrity, an entertainer, not a real journalist.

  • The striking thing is how much the MSM failed, with memogate, the massive vetting of Palin vice no vetting of Obama, etc. They are a joke.

  • Brian who?

    • If you polled an under-25 audience about Williams, I think this would be the most popular response.

      And I note that this self-aggrandizing fool is the best NBC can find for their flagship new program. That in itself tells you just about all you need to know about the state of legacy media today.

  • Just like all the teachers who went to EdSchools with their SAT’s in the bottom quartile, and who graduated college after four years of fluff courses at the bottom of their class, and who now couldn’t teach a dog to pee on a fire hydrant.
    Credentials, huh?

  • Williams is nothing special. Nor was his predecessor, Tom Brokaw.

    There are worse, however. A lot worse.

    The internet brings the news. The forensic work is left to the blogs. You can find smart people around who have forgotten more about any given subject than Brian Williams will ever know. The knowledge base in America is growing, too.