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The Real Reason Newspapers of The Future Are Losing Readers? Rap Songs by Future Journos!

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Over at Big Hollywood, Fox News' Red Eye host Greg Gutfeld treats readers to a discovery every bit as gruesome as a corpse on a CSI series:

The perps here are folks at Columbia University's Journalism School and to the extent this encapsulates anything about the mindset in contemporary media, it explains why people shun it like the plague.

As Gutfeld writes:

No surprise: the student raps benign pap that his professors and like-minded dorm-rats would applaud – from railing against complacency, to never losing touch with "his humanity." But I'll repeat the part the kid really wanted them to hear:

"There's no need to hear crazy, or create a false sense of parity, like Fox News and Hannity."

And that's the big point: That when applying for a job, the student knows to regurgitate the shared assumptions of the elitists around him. In short, if you bash Fox News, you might land an unpaid internship at Mother Jones.

That still exists, right?

Now, it wasn't a bad rhyme, but it was a bad idea – emboldened by the present comfort of conformity and driven by the need to prove to those hiring that the applicant holds the "right beliefs." It's silly and stupid, but also sad: these beliefs are cemented even before they enter a paying newsroom.

And what's the crux of these beliefs?

That Fox News is evil.

Which to me, is pretty cool. I like being considered evil – especially when those doing the considering are sheep who can't rap.

And if you disagree, then you're probably racist.

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