Seems to me most users of gCaptain couldn’t live without the mainstream media (MSM). They love to hate it, but they’d also hate to lose it.
After the Conception dive boat tragedy the forum on gCaptain was driven by MSM. Who else has the resources to send reporters, write the stories, and get them out to consumers in real time?
The gCaptain crowd were eager to dissect the latest Los Angeles Times articles and local TV coverage on Conception. Minute by minute, posters couldn’t wait for them. They’d quibble over a reporter’s knowledge of a technical subject, or phrasing. But what I didn’t hear was, “I wish journalists would stop reporting about this altogether. I’d rather wait a year for the NTSB report to come out rather than hear one error about the story.”
How many times have you read a poster deride fake news in the lame-stream media–and then in the next breath accept facts from the lame-stream media to bolster their point? If MSM lies all the time, why are they even looking at it?
Reporters go out and get stories. They jockey with each other to get the scoop. In haste they make mistakes. They pander to the crowd by highlighting sensational news. But the crowd wants sensational, doesn’t it? And they want their news fast. So what’s the beef with the MSM? That they aren’t as perfect as their consumers?
And if you think MSM is full of $hit when it comes to maritime reporting, what’s your alternative? But maybe don’t suggest the [fill in name] news website until you convince yourself they actually do reporting, and not just regurgitate MSM stories.