Err, no, not really dear

What Donald Trump will have to accept: without journalism, there is no America

America would be different without journalism, sure. And it would be different with a different journalism as well. But America’s existence does not depend upon the existence of journalism, no, really, it doesn’t.

Wondered when we were going to get this:

What’s broken about American media perhaps has less to do with a class system than with what created it: unchecked capitalism in which news is a fast product.

There isn’t some mass political conspiracy in the media. There is, however, historic wealth inequality in America, and the journalism industry reflects it like any other.

Heinz Kiosk is alive and well then,.

And then there’s this:

Trump and the Republicans he is bringing to Washington do not care for a free press, as has been documented for the past year. The president-elect has denied credentials to those who dared to report unflattering facts; called Fox News host Megyn Kelly a bimbo after she described his misogyny; promised to dismantle free-speech laws for the purpose of filing libel suits; and named Stephen Bannon, executive chairman of extremist propagandist Breitbart News, as a senior White House strategist. He has plainly admired the government of Russia, where so many journalists have been murdered in the recent years that they hold a national day of remembrance.

Sigh, it’s gonna be a long 8 years, isn’t it?

How journalists should organize and fight in such an environment is a long and uncertain discussion. What is clear is that, even if they get every story right from now to eternity, they fight a losing battle without the trust and support of the American public.

To regain that trust, a good place to start would be media literacy outreach efforts in public schools, local organizations and other community spaces. Ideally, civics education would be fully restored in the public school system, with a robust unit on media literacy. Every American should be equipped to discern news from propaganda and all the gray areas in between in the digital 21st century;

Lordy…..

And then the ritual call for rebuilding local newspapers.

Yup, a long, long, 8 years if this is the sort of shit that’s going to fill the media.

31 thoughts on “Err, no, not really dear”

  1. Journalism has been gone for some time, and there are very few journalists around.

    What passes for journalism is simply activism, which largely explains the hysterical reaction of so many so call journalists to Trump.

  2. outreach efforts? the thing that supposed to teach them how to discern news from grey areas is the very thing you thing your indoctrination classes will be interupting : their basic education.

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    Trump and the Republicans he is bringing to Washington do not care for a free press, as has been documented for the past year.

    Nor does Hillary. She openly called for over-turning Citizens United, a First Amendment case. A case that involved a film criticising none other than the Wicked Witch of the North-East Hillary Clinton. I can’t recall any other Presidential candidate who openly called for criticism of her to be made illegal.

    The president-elect has denied credentials to those who dared to report unflattering facts;

    Good for him. Actions have consequences.

    called Fox News host Megyn Kelly a bimbo after she described his misogyny

    She is.

    and named Stephen Bannon, executive chairman of extremist propagandist Breitbart News, as a senior White House strategist.

    Oh, I see. This special snowflake is a *journalist* but Steve Bannon is an extremist? Ar$e.

    What is clear is that, even if they get every story right from now to eternity, they fight a losing battle without the trust and support of the American public.

    And what could have lost them the trust and support of the American public? Would it have been the embrace of all of America’s enemies at home and abroad by any chance?

    To regain that trust, a good place to start would be media literacy outreach efforts in public schools, local organizations and other community spaces. Ideally, civics education would be fully restored in the public school system, with a robust unit on media literacy.

    It is not our fault! It is the fault of the public! They hate us because they are stupid! So we should be free to indoctrinate their children while they are young, stupid and impressionable!

    and identify the various economic models and interests served in media.

    It is the fault of capitalism!

    One danger in that centralized information model was that a single group – college-educated white men – set the rules and told the stories.

    So aren’t we all happy for Brietbart breaking this White elite monopoly?

    They frequently fan across the state with protest signs reading “God hates fags”.

    So they are not all bad then.

    Media consumers might consider turning off those news sources that have proved themselves both easily manipulated and compromised by their own ideologies.

    Stop listening to Voice of America! Listen only to Moscow’s broadcasts! You can believe Pravda!

    Trump knew the most powerful journalists would have a blind spot, whether willful or subconscious, to his supporters in their own economic class.

    So secretly CNN was working for Trump were they?

    A ruthless businessman perhaps wouldn’t understand why most people become reporters

    Because without the grades to get into Philosophy, most journalism majors can do that or ask people if they want fries with their shakes.

    the American Civil Liberties Union tweeted that it was stronger than it had ever been, in its 100-year history, after an influx of new supporters.

    The world is not running out of Atheists, Communists, or Liberals. So no doubt their Union is doing well.

    But if you care about democracy, the sensible reaction to this fact is not to vilify all media or, as at least one Trump voter suggested with a T-shirt, hang a journalist.

    Just for the record, I have a different opinion of that subject.

    To pay at least as much for its best, fairest, most civically responsible outlets as you pay for coffee.

    An elegant begging bowl, I have to admit. She has learned to do it well.

  4. So Much For Subtlety

    The very next article on the Guardian site is entitled:

    Trump cabinet appointments will ‘undo decades of progress’, rights activists say

    Good.

  5. Journalistic standards in the US collapsed when they failed to scrutinise Obama yet felt righteous in trawling through Sarah Palin’s emails. Everything since has been controlling the narrative.

  6. “Trump and the Republicans he is bringing to Washington do not care for a free press, as has been documented for the past year. The president-elect has denied credentials to those who dared to report unflattering facts; called Fox News host Megyn Kelly a bimbo after she described his misogyny…”

    He may have a point with that, but is that really the definition of free speech? Could I turn up at the White House under Barack and get a press pass for my blog? Would someone from NAMBLA News or The Illinois Nazi Gazette get in there?

    Said this before, but Donald is the modern guy here and this is going to fuck up the media establishment. They aren’t going to be there with The Donald doing a press briefing, getting to ask their questions, being first to market. It’ll be put on a webpage and Twitter and the NYT and the Guardian will get this stuff as quick as the rest of the public.

    There is journalism. Tons of it. That’s actually the problem for the established media. People have so much choice of where to get news that they really don’t need the NYT or The Guardian. And the likes of government don’t need press briefings any longer. Just post the thing on the web.

  7. @Ljh, quite. Remember how the MSM railed about Obama’s extremist appointments in his early cabinet, such as Van Jones?

    Nope, me neither…

  8. Purge, purge, purge, purge, purge, purge.

    How many million times must it be said before it sinks in.

    The schools / unis are now shit-traps of leftist bacteria. Cut the tax money that is paying for the indoctrination of the young before we stumble into more socialistic mass murder and ruin.

    As the last 6 months show the personnel for the next round of the Red Death are already trained and indoctrinated.

    All the cunts need is their chance.

  9. For months the message from the media was that Hillary would walk the election, because Trump is an unelectable monster.
    The election was a democrat loss, not a republican win.

    How much did that overconfidence in the media contribute to the number of people who didn’t bother to vote, or chose someone else?

    Asking for a friend.

  10. Just a suggestion for these outraged Liberal commentors, which they free to ignore of course: maybe if you maintained a coherent thread through your piece people might keep reading and might actually influence them.

    For example: “There isn’t some mass political conspiracy in the media. There is, however, historic wealth inequality in America, and the journalism industry reflects it like any other” a ritual denunciation of the media for being in the pocket of blah blah blah is followed by:
    “Trump and the Republicans he is bringing to Washington do not care for a free press,”

    Do you believe in having cake or in eating it?

  11. Every American should be equipped to discern news from propaganda and all the gray areas in between…

    I’ve frankly no idea how good Americans are at this kind of triage but I know that the British are pretty useless thanks to the BBC with its free and ubiquitous propaganda-dressed-up-as-news.

    Mercifully, when the BBC ‘narrative’ runs counter to people’s own experience in things that matter, then folk fall back on their own judgement which is probably why the jury system works (on the whole) and Project Fear did not.

    In the case of Trump, the BBC version has traction in the UK because there is, so far, no comparison to be made between what people are told and what they see happening.

    By the same token, the BBC’s pin-up President Obama is still unreasonably popular in the UK, despite eight years of bland ineptitude because we’re constantly told he’s fabulous and we don’t much care either way.

  12. Does the USA still have rules preventing foreign ownership of newspapers, radio stations etc?
    If so it backs up the thesis that competition increases quality, and the corollary that restricting competition leads to dumbing down.

  13. Individual outlets have a free speach right to be biased, the problem is not the presence of left wing media, but the absence of right wing media.

  14. “People have so much choice of where to get news that they really don’t need the NYT or The Guardian.”

    And that explains much of the hatred and bile directed at the public. Fear and rage of a dying class.

  15. Journalistic standards in the US collapsed when they failed to scrutinise Obama yet felt righteous in trawling through Sarah Palin’s emails. Everything since has been controlling the narrative.

    This. The media reported Palin’s buying of a new sunbed, but still haven’t shown us Obama’s university thesis.

  16. Journalistic standards in the US collapsed when…

    The MSM’s integrity (never perfect) had been rotting for years, hollowed out by corruption and leftist activism. The beatification of Obama was the point where the stink became impossible to ignore.

  17. One danger in that centralized information model was that a single group – college-educated white men – set the rules and told the stories.

    You mean like the government employees who populate the BBC or the similar organizations in most industrialized countries?

  18. Bloke in North Dorset,

    “Every American should be equipped to discern news from propaganda and all the gray areas in between…

    I’ve frankly no idea how good Americans are at this kind of triage but I know that the British are pretty useless thanks to the BBC with its free and ubiquitous propaganda-dressed-up-as-news.

    Mercifully, when the BBC ‘narrative’ runs counter to people’s own experience in things that matter, then folk fall back on their own judgement which is probably why the jury system works (on the whole) and Project Fear did not.”

    I was discussing this with my son this morning and he made the point about experts that the average person may not know the subject but they know when they are being lied to and when something is pure advocacy dressed up as disinterested advice.

  19. Great analysis, SMFS!

    ‘Journalistic standards in the US collapsed when’

    It was earlier, folks. The Clinton administration. They marveled at how Bill could say, “No personal attack ever fed a hungry child,” rather than answer the question. I knew at the time that the Lefty press would lose the ability to argue/debate, as they were taking the easy way out. Journalism, without which there is no America, were delighted at how Bill could lie and get away with it. Hillary tried it; she’s just not a very good liar.

    I don’t have any numbers, but I’m confident Megyn Kelly lost a massive part of her audience by stunting against Trump, and doing obvious self-promotion. I think she’s job shopping, and not likely to be at Fox News much longer. It’s all about her.

  20. Thank heavens hyperbole & exaggeration aren’t finite resources. Otherwise NASA’d have to making plans to mine the asteroid belt.

  21. Talking of journalism, the only one of the Tel’s Glenda Slags who was any good (Pearson, A) seems to have vanished lately. Have they chopped her?

  22. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Yes, they seem to think that if they can put a prettier label on their bucket of shit, sooner or later people are going to believe it’s ice cream.

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