Sunday, November 04, 2007

Carl Bernstein Blasts Paris Hilton, Donald Trump and "Idiot Culture"

He was one half of Woodward and Bernstein and now the man that helped uncover the Watergate Scandal of the Nixon Administration is ripping on celebrities and the Americans that follow pop culture more than real news. He said more resources are being devoted to the lifestyles of celebrities such as Donald Trump and Paris Hilton, according to a report from the Associated Press. He could have easily added Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to that as well. Sounding quite elitist Bernstein blasted away: "The problems we have in news and journalism are about us not doing our job well enough," Bernstein said. "The ideal of providing the best available version of the truth is being affected by the dominance of a journalistic culture that has less and less to do with reality and context." Bernstein said that he believes an "idiot culture" is partly to blame for the dysfunction of political life in the United States. That's likely true but it really isn't very different from when people actually cared what Bernstein had to say. Bernstein and Bob Woodward are known for their work at the Washington Post in the 1970s when they broke numerous stories reporting on the Watergate scandal that eventually drove President Richard Nixon from office. Were people any smarter then?