And now—finally!—the mainstream media is catching up. Here’s last night’s clip from 60 Minutes:
Interesting, huh? Sounds kind of familiar, too . . .
I wrote about The Mortgage Mess because I was interested in it. But do keep in mind, I wrote about it from Chile, where I live: It’s not like I had exclusive access to some insider information or anything. Hell, I barely had any idea what a mortgage loan entailed, until I started looking into it out of idle curiosity.
Now, the reason I bring this up is, why is the mainstream media at least six months behind the bloggers?
Yves Smith is a far more definitive and substantive source than I’ll ever be, on the issue of The Mortgage Mess: She has been all over this story with far more detailed and in-depth stuff about the situation than I’ve found anywhere else. My laziness and ADD makes my eyes glaze over, whenever I’m forced to wrestle with the details of The Mess—but Yves just trundles through it all, as she has been doing since last summer.
But Scott Pelley and the boyz of 60 Minutes? Kinda late to the party, eh?
This is why so many bloggers feel such contempt for the mainstream media: They are not doing their job. They are not looking into stuff that is affecting people’s lives. They are ignoring the big stories, and instead focussing on maintaining “access” to muckety-mucks. How do they maintain this access? By playing down and ignoring the big and important stories which might makes these big-wigs “uncomfortable”—by only reporting shiny, happy, green-shoots stories that the grandee tells them to report. That is the Faustian bargain the mainstream media has made with the kleptocrats running the circus.
But when the story is too big to ignore, when the mainstream media finally have to start doing their jobs—when they finally have to start talking about something bloggers have been jumping up and down about for months—they act as if they’d stumbled across some great big secret nobody else had been privy to.