Too bad that idea of giving light died with it.
Today's journalists are all about heat, not light.
Consider environmental reporters. Instead of giving light to the failure of predictions from the alarmist side, the reporters guard the government pseudo-scientists from any and all legitimate criticism. They rationalize this by saying well, industry studies showed smoking was good for you. Um, so did government studies.
The media is going all in with Hillary Clinton with an incessant attack on Trump. They quote him out of context, ignore his opponent's gaffes, and give more weight to minor characters. Who is Beau Correll? The news media wrote 637 stories about him in the last month. Diss Trump and you, too, can be a celebrity.
Jim Rutenberg of the New York Times celebrated this feeding frenzy:
Covering Mr. Trump as an abnormal and potentially dangerous candidate is more than just a shock to the journalistic system. It threatens to throw the advantage to his news conference-averse opponent, Hillary Clinton, who should draw plenty more tough-minded coverage herself. She proved that again last week with her assertion on Fox News Sunday that James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had declared her to be truthful in her answers about her decision to use a private email server for official State Department business — a grossly misleading interpretation of an F.B.I. report that pointed up various falsehoods in her public explanations.
And, most broadly, it upsets balance, that idealistic form of journalism with a capital “J” we’ve been trained to always strive for.
But let’s face it: Balance has been on vacation since Mr. Trump stepped onto his golden Trump Tower escalator last year to announce his candidacy. For the primaries and caucuses, the imbalance played to his advantage, captured by the killer statistic of the season: His nearly $2 billion in free media was more than six times as much as that of his closest Republican rival.
Now that he is the Republican nominee for president, the imbalance is cutting against him. Journalists and commentators are analyzing his policy pronouncements and temperament with an eye toward what it would all look like in the Oval Office — something so many of them viewed as an impossibility for so long.Of course no one gave Trump a damned thing free in the media, and the $2 billion figure is bogus. Unlike a paid ad, he does not control the content.
But this is no different from the media coverage of John McCain, Sarah Palin, and Mitt Romney. The media is unfair and unbalanced, and yes, Fox News has joined them in this propaganda party.
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