Hollywood hunk, actor & activist George Clooney has launched an attack on the media at large,Â and most especiallyÂ the New York Times.
A staunch opponent ofÂ President George W. Bush, Clooney charges the media with beating around the Bush when it comes to George W’s performance as the country’s leader.Â He blames the American public for focusing too much on reality TV instead of real news.
Clooney states, “In the year-and-a-half or two years leading up to the war in Iraq, both in print and in broadcast journalism, the media took a pass on its responsibilities. I don’t think there’s anyone that would deny it–The New York Times certainly hasn’t.
“And if The New York Times and The Washington Post and USA Today are all reneging on their responsibility, then believe me it’s going down to the local news level as well.
“This has really been a poor time in journalism. We already had a Congress on the same side as the White House. We needed a Fourth Estate more than ever, to say, ‘Let’s at least ask questions before we do these things.’
“The media’s failings reflect on the rest of us too. It took, what, three months after September 11 before reality shows became big again? There’s a responsibility to be upheld.”
I have a weak spot for George Clooney, that’s all I’ll say.