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;
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.