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Why Investigative Reporting is Dead in America

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Los Angeles, CAGeorge Orwell said in best, “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed; everything else is public relations.”
I’ve enjoyed a joint Career, along with being a licensed private eye, I was drafted into TV news as an investigative producer.  
Fortunately I’ve never been sued despite thousands of investigations and news stories.  I’ve always been very careful to avoid common pitfalls or errors in gathering and disclosing records. However I’ve seen plenty expensive litigation both legitimate and frivolous plague news organizations. Right or wrong litigation costs can be crippling to any newsroom.  
I’ve watched news managers panic when the phone calls bombard newsrooms after an Exposé.  Threats to sue along with demands for retractions are common.  Today’s news managers just don’t have the stomach to hear the whining from the miscreants who see their foul deeds displayed on their TV screens.
It is routine for every investigative story to be reviewed by lawyers before broadcasting is approved.  The cost of the lawyers has steadfastly increased while the revenue form advertisers has been steadily tanking.
What you see these days, are routine and somewhat lame consumer stories disguised and packaged as investigative reports.  
Seemingly gone forever are those great hidden camera stories from the 1960s,70s and 80s.  
Going after politicians or celebrities carries little risk since they are clearly public figures.  Those are considered safe targets since their legal protections are very limited. 
This is really a sad state of affairs for news organizations.  The public no longer has a watchdog press waiting to pounce on lawbreakers and scam artists. 

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    • Don - 1

      The CIA Operation Mockingbird does not allow reporters to ”investigate”.

      • deano

        Exactly Don-1, a planned military Psy-op agenda, an operation by infiltraitors and treasonous spys of the Jesuits.

        and if they do, MURDOCH,that Papal Knight of St Gregory, would fire there ass, and make it impossible to work mainstream ever again

        we get Chris Kitze’s minions……LIESa 4 Heaven, Justus Knights, Canady comments disabled.

        At least U stopped that incessant Obama = the antichrist garbage…… Trump = JESUIT Fordham, the IHS , Society of Jesus.

        This whole site is Right Wing and STINKS of Murdochs Conservative , Republican , Fascist, JESUIT rot. Its vvery Masonic symbol a LIGHTHOUSE, to shine the light, to illuminate those in the dark.

        So why are you Conservative Republicans forcing gay images via adverts onto us? (ENOUGH Travolta + Cruise) Puke! :???:

        Arent Republicans Homophobic bible pushers of Sodomy =Sin?…..well so is Catholic Conservative Pedophilia…….

        ENOUGH Jesus + Christianity! Your own PRIESTS have proved Jesus is a Myth!!
        (he hasnt come down and stopped their pedophilia, and these Priests obviously dont believe, or have faith in a judgement by a Christ)

        A few bad apples? One BAD apple, rots the WHOLE barrell…….now a stinking barrell of rancid acid, the Kool Aid poison

        Hey Crime,Guns & Video death? is making comments they dont want you to comment on the same thing as journalism :mrgreen:
        We allknow Investigative Journalism is Dead……that is why we are here. Looking for truth in alternative media.

        Great, u are an experienced TV and news reporter. But u bring no news! You have justconfirmed Mockingbird……mocking everything…..and lawyers now control what is printed.
        Sad :cry: …..the public has no Watchdog , to pounce and expose the crimes……..

        Exactly Clarke Kent, use some of those private-eye skills and become BINs Superman. Who is your hero? John Pilger …..or FOX ? ………when the city has no Watchdogs, the FOX, rules the city….. :!:

        WHY has that quick brown FOX, jumped over the lazy dog?……censorship, delete comments or disable, *this page/video does not exist*, fake news, conspiracy….or HERESY ?
        Not one mention of Rupert FOX Murdoch, the man at the TOP of this. Please explain exactly he is a succe$$ful media baron, when a lot of his papers,magazines,conservative mags,publi$hing companys etc , run at $100 million LOSSES……
        and obviously propaganda that is subsidized……is your news propaganda?

        George Orwell? Prefer H.G.Wells…….his censored book, as WW2 propaganda allied minister, was The CRUX ANSATA: An Indictment of the Roman Catholic Church…….Mussolini, Fascism, and “WHY DONT WE BOMB ROME?” :lol:
        lost that position, book was banned in the USA, and the “Fascist Dime” was withdrawn from U$ currency.
        Yes NAzi-Fascist burnt books in the Reich, but we ALL know who use to really BURN books
        and have Heresy Lists …

        Your Emeritus Proff would not be happy with you, now there is 2 key characters to go and reWRITE your article :twisted:

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