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Charles Madigan at the Chicago Tribune has decided that we need a far more nuanced vocabulary to describe much that passes for journalism today. His suggestions include:


Journaltainment--the presentation of entertainment as news. When Oprah shows up, when Geraldo Rivera covers most anything or when Anderson Cooper climbs into his trusty CNN slicker to face the winds, rains and flying aluminum siding of the latest big storm, that's journaltainment. .. Journalism is like spinach. Journaltainment is like Oreo cookies.
In other words, what we currently refer to as television news. Though the rapidly expanding "lifestyle" coverage in newspapers -- like say the celebrity puff pieces in the NYT Sunday magazine -- will soon put Stone Phillips to shame.

Next up, Journalganda: "See, it looks like news! But it isn't. It's propaganda. I'm not even saying it's bad propaganda, but propaganda is what it is. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's latest visit to the hill. A warming story about a sergeant. All the good things 'we' are doing." Needless to say this is a rightwing specialty, with the honor of top journalgandist going to Rush Limbaugh.

Finally, Madigan gives us journography
(T)he mass medium version of an old standby, pornography, dressed up to be a little more acceptable and just a tad less offensive, but still very titillating. You know you are in the world of journography when what you are looking at, reading about, watching has a lot to do with private parts best kept covered and how some people have taken to using them.
Got to love a category that brings together Cosmo sex tips and Bill Clinton's impeachment. Finally, a career I can aspire to ... [LINK via Romenesko]

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