“What The Hell Is Wrong With You Guys?”

Given the MSM’s (especially NBC/MSNBC) growing proclivity for doing the hard work of doctoring audio/video, and crafting lies to fit a political agenda and then to present it to the American public as news, it is about time somebody joined Bernard Goldberg in stepping forward to cry foul!

Former old school MSM writer/producer Greg Kandra strikes out at today’s old and rotting news media.


I’m tired. Truly. I’ve grown weary of trying to defend the indefensible and explain the inexplicable. For years, people have stomped their feet and pounded their fists and snorted “Liberal media bias!” and I’ve always tut-tutted and shooshed them and said, “No, no. Calm down. They meant well. It was just a misunderstanding. A mistake. These things happen.” I spent over 25 years working in the oft-reviled Mainstream Media and I saw up close and personal how the sausage was made. I knew the people who wielded the knives and wore the aprons, and could vouch (most of the time, anyway) for their good intentions.

But now?

Forget it. I’m done. You deserve what they’re saying about you. It’s earned. You have worked long and hard to merit the suspicion, acrimony, mistrust and revulsion that the media-buying public increasingly heaps upon you. You have successfully eroded any confidence, dispelled any trust, and driven your audience into the arms of the Internet and the blogosphere, where biases are affirmed and like-minded people can tell each other what they hold to be true, since nobody believes in objective reality any more. You have done a superlative job of diminishing what was once a great profession and undermining one of the vital underpinnings of democracy, a free press.




6 thoughts on ““What The Hell Is Wrong With You Guys?”

  1. Recently, the New York Times, in an act of monumental but apparently unintended irony, ran a piece pondering the decline of NBC news. This is like Dan Rather pondering the decline of Helen Thomas. Unbelievable.

  2. Pitts has been enabled, not to say coddled, so assiduously, even reverently, that he would have had to be a far better man than most reporters to resist the temptation to smug arrogance and self-affirming self-righteousness. In other words, he’s been spoiled, badly, for quite a long time, not unlike a certain Mr. Obama (or Mr. Davis, or whatever). I’m sure he doesn’t think it matters, but he has absolutely nothing to say to me, on any subject. My tolerance for his kind of attitude is pretty much nil. If you’re going to be arrogant, you’d damn better have the goods to back it up.

  3. Here’s an oldie but goodie from me to Leonard Pitts, written on March 30, 2000, during the Elian crisis:

    Mr. Pitts,

    Usually I read your column with the bemused detachment of one who is reading the “party line” he has read over and over again, ad nauseum. Today, however, your column in The Miami Herald (“Elian saga on a course for collision,” March 30, 2000) so angered me that I had to respond directly to you.

    How dare you compare the Cuban-Americans in Miami protesting the Federal government over Elian to Gov. Orval Faubus, that intolerant racist in Arkansas over 40 years ago, simply because he defied the Federal government as well? Are you such an advocate of “the state above all” that you cannot abide our protests and civil disobedience over the freedom of a six-year old? Are you such an elitist that you believe that the people should not dare express their dissent against injustice, regardless of the source?

    You, and the rest of the so-called “free” press, insist on focusing a bright light on what happens in Miami and not on what happens in Havana. I have never read your “criticisms” of Castro’s communist regime expressed as ferociously as your criticisms of us for protesting the Federal government and Fidel Castro. And, as an added bonus, you have the gall compare us to Jim Crow racists!

    With your indiscriminate brush you painted the Cuban-American community as comparable to the vilest racists: your race-baiting is reprehensible. You owe us an apology for this slander. You also restated an “opinion” that we are “intolerant of dissent” and that we “use violence and coercion as means of cowing disagreement.” This is a pretty broad and inaccurate generalization you added to make your point. The organizers of the Elian protests have always called for non-violent protests and civil disobedience, if necessary. It is the right of every American to disagree with laws that are unjust and to protest those laws, if necessary — short of violence.

    Castro’s Cuba is hardly the place where the very values you allegedly cherish would be taught to Elian. We do not want Elian to be sent back to Communism; we do not want to traumatize him any further. We want him to grow up free and loved and fed and cared for; we want him to learn how great freedom is. We want to him to know that the death of his mother was not in vain; we want to him to honor his mother’s memory by enjoying his new-found freedom; we want him to make the best of the opportunities he now has that she gave her life for. We want him to love the U.S. for what it truly is and not for what it has become. We want what is best for this child.

    Simply stated, this is a fight for what is right.

    Mr. Pitts, we have the rights we have today because many, many people did the very thing you criticize us for doing. You should turn that bright light you have shined on us with such maliciousness and mendacity and shine it on yourself and your hypocrisy.


    George L. Moneo
    Miami, Florida

    (This letter may be be published in its entirety without editorial changes and with attribution.)

    The letter was never published by the Herald, of course. 🙂

    Same as it ever was…

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