Saturday, October 16, 2010

The JOKE that is AM Costa Rica

AM Costa Rica says it's, 'Your daily English-language news source Monday through Friday'. I call BULLSHIT.

I make fun of AM Costa Rica because well, it's easy. As far as being a legitiment news source, I would say their about 2 or 3 steps from being a joke. They exist for advertisement's sake, not that that's necessarily a bad thing but if you're looking for in-depth, hard hitting, unbiased news and reporting, AM Costa Rica is NOT it.

Here's their latest fuck-up.

This past Wednesday they ran this story: 'Rewards offered for turning in crooked U.S. firms'. It's a story about an organization, "which seeks to encourage and help those who would be whistle blowers about corporate bribery and corruption."

So the story goes on, here it is verbatim as written by the AM Costa Rica staff:
"The program grew out of the 2,300-page Dodd-Frank Act, the Wall Street financial reform package that just passed the U.S. Congress.

The measure is named after Sen. Chris Dodd and Rep. Barney Frank, both of whom are not exactly ethical paragons."

WTF? This isn't a story about Chris Dodd's or Barney Frank's character or lack thereof ... Geez, AM Costa Rica, tell us what you really think.

Republican or Democrat...doesn't matter. Think Dodd and Frank deserve medals for their public service or they're complete assholes...irrelevant. This is Journalism 101 for god sake. Report the why, where, when, what and how, and leave your personal opinions to yourself. This was NOT an editorial; therefore totally irresponsible and only serves to inch you closer to JOKE(r) status.

Here's some free advice AM Costa Rica- You've written shit like this on numerous occasions and anyone who reads you even semi-regularly already knows you're pretty much right of Reagan. But if I were you, I'd admit to this particular lapse in judgment, because if you don't, you're going to lose a good percentage of readers who don't want to continuously read your Ann Coulter-ish sarcasms first thing in the morning. Just wondering, do your advertisers ever give you shit for your shit?

Think of it as a, "Don't ask, don't tell internet news source POLICY." We promise not to ask about your political views and in return you need to shut the fuck up when you feel the impulse to tell us about YOURS.

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2 comments:

No Cal Refugee said...

I could not agree with you more. I do skim the site because my Spanish isn't quite good enough for any of the Spanish language sites and it is daily (no weekends) and in English.

The only thing AM Costa Rica has going for it beyond being in English is that it's been around a LONG time. As far as layout and content goes, it's pathetic. Beyond the multiple grammar and spelling errors, there's so little there. They will devote all of page 2 to letters apparently because there was no 'news' in Costa Rica that day. They devote an entire column to English soccer news. Almost daily you'll read about how horrible Hugo Chavez or Daniel Ortega is, as if one of them were the President of Costa Rica.

The editor/owner's agenda is totally transparent to anyone but the true believers of the Glenn Beck school. Inside Costa Rica is a bit more modern and less biased, but still leaves something to be desired. Sadly, like much of what goes on in this country, mediocrity is a standard many can only aspire to. If AM Costa Rica reached that, it would be a big improvement.

Colin said...

This is the same paper that endorsed GW Bush both times in a row. What could you possibly expect?