NYT: 2019 the 'darkest' year for journalists, thanks to Trump
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Joe Concha, media reported from The Hill, weighs in on journalism in 2019 after the New York Times published a piece saying it was the darkest year yet for journalists during the Trump years.
An article on Town Hall, by Beth Baumann, further discussed the article and pointed out some flaws.
She pointed out one specific quote:
Mr. Trump’s vilification of the news media is a hallmark of his tenure and a jagged break from the norms of his predecessors: Once a global champion of the free press, the presidency has become an inspiration to autocrats and dictators who ape Mr. Trump’s cry of 'fake news'
Baumann points out the obvious and main reason for why Trump often uses the term "fake news" when it comes to the mainstream media. It's because they often utilize anonymous sources, rely on unverified dossiers, and sometimes rely on feelings and opinions over facts.
Baumann stated in her article:
Trump typically utilizes the term "fake news" to describe so-called "news reports" that rely heavily on anonymous sources, rumors or third-hand information.
In a lot of ways, the term "fake news" has been a battle cry for the right. The mainstream media attempts to hide their bias by claiming to be fair, balanced and non-partisan. These news outlets are not mad at their lack of journalistic integrity. They are mad that someone finally has the guts to call them out for their horrible practices. And that someone happens to be President of the United States.
She's right. The mainstream media is more biased now than ever, and it's not just one one side or the other. It's all around. It's all around because when one side goes too far extreme, the other side must counter with it to create a new balance in the media. Except, the balance in the media is absolute insanity because it's balanced in the most wrong way possible - all the way left, and all the way right, and that's where our mainstream is right now.
And let's ask this - is the NY Times acting like the journalists are the victim? When the journalists continuously publish rubbish, then they're going to get called out for it.
If they don't like it, then write better stories.
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