Last week DC’s Source Blog released preview images for Superman #706, written by G. Willow Wilson with art by Amilcar Pinna. In these preview pages we get a small taste of the upcoming storyline in Superman exploring the journalistic integrity of the Daily Planet. It seems the Planet is being accused by an internet website for supposedly bribing Superman into exclusive interviews. This got us thinking; is it fair for Superman to remain exclusive to one particular news source--personal relationships not withstanding--and could the equivalent of an internet blog really tear down one of the most respected old media news sources in all of the DC Universe?
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But what could make this whole situation blow over quickly is the matter of trust. Superman trusts the Daily Planet to report his words without alteration, whether the interview comes from Lois Lane, himself, or whoever. Superman has the right to interview with whomever he chooses. And in a city that is practically owned by his arch-nemesis, Lex Luthor, Superman is wise to remain exclusive to the one newspaper in Metropolis that doesn’t buy into Lex Luthor’s shenanigans. Other news outlets--both old and new media--are going to continue to accuse the Daily Planet of bribing Superman for interviews. That will never stop. It’s actually surprising it’s taken DC this long to address a story beat like this, considering the internet is now our mainstream news source and print is quickly dying off.
And that brings us to our next point. How is Perry White scared of what is essentially a blog post? Anyone can jump on the internet, create a blog for free, and start writing and “posting” whatever they want, true or not. This should not be something Perry White is just learning about, honestly. It also shouldn’t be something he is afraid of. I understand he wants to approach the situation cautiously, sending in a mole to root out the real evidence without any traces leading back to the Daily Planet, but honestly, no one at the Daily Planet should lose sleep over this. The internet is full of lies . And cat pictures, of course.
If this internet blog was able to dredge up some dirt on the Daily Planet, I’m sure the truth could be sorted out rather hastily. Especially since there literally is no Superman “hush” fund for exclusive interviews, as Perry White says in the preview pages. This whole scenario seems more like a bump in the road for the Daily Planet than a full-on tire-popping pothole. And when you get right down to it, the day an internet blog has more journalistic integrity than a legitimate news outlet is the day I weep for humanity. Just saying.