Our Failed Political Press

As we say at MPS, the world has a great need for journalists, but the world does NOT have a great need for the media conglomerates. 

Anyway, to prove that point, Axios leads their morning email thingie with a Joe Lieberman cry of (Media) relevance (with the actual journalists who broke the stories getting second billing):

It’s easy to dog the media. But stop for a second and reflect on everything we know thanks to the media — and often the media alone, Sara Fischer and Jim VandeHei write:

It was the media that gave light to the negligence of White House officials in containing the coronavirus.

  • It was Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs who revealed Hope Hicks’ positive test, with President Trump disclosing five hours later that he and the first lady had COVID.

It was the media that exposed that the president and top White House officials knowingly downplayed the danger of COVID.

  • It was Bob Woodward’s recordings for “Rage” that capture Trump admitting he knew the coronavirus was deadlier than he publicly portrayed.

It was the media that exposed the president’s fundamental misunderstanding of the facts around the coronavirus.

  • It was Jonathan Swan’s Axios on HBO” interview in which Trump said about the loss of American lives: “It is what it is.”

It was the media that exposed the murkiness surrounding the president’s finances and private business dealings.

  • It was the N.Y. Times’ Russ Buettner, Susanne Craig and Mike McIntire who finally exposed Trump’s tax data, showing he only paid $750 in federal income tax the year he entered the White House.

It was the media that amplified the warning of scientists and medical professionals to wear masks, wash hands and social distance, leading to widespread adoption of all three.

  • The Houston Chronicle has for months been investigating the true numbers of coronavirus cases and warning signs, while local governments kept numbers and details about the virus obscure.

It was often the media that spotted misinformation on social platforms and forced quick corrections.

  • It’s NBC’s Ben Collins who led investigations into the woeful failure of tech platforms to police misinformation that fueled the rise of QAnon.

It was the media that uncovered dozens of examples of gross abuses of power by leaders in business and government all year.

  • It was ProPublica that investigated how New York City’s emergency ventilator stockpile ended up being auctioned off.

The bottom line: All of this came amid economic strife for the industry.

  • In the first six months of 2020, more than 11,000 newsroom jobs were lost.

(imma bad blogger: that’s the entire item!)

If you want to puff-up  The Media, then The Media needs to do better, Mike Allen.

When Wee the Peeple see the abject cowardice of our media to use clear words like “lie” and Maggie Haberman’s heroic defense of access journalism, and the What About-ism of Chuck Todd, and of course the echoing cries of BOTH SIDES to achieve a false balance,  it proves our point: We need Journalists, we do not need media conglomerates.

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3 Responses to Our Failed Political Press

  1. donnah says:

    And we need the people with damaging facts to come forward quickly instead of waiting for their books to come out.

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  2. Weird Dave says:

    (Slightly) off topic, but I want to give a shout out to one of my local TV stations https://www.abc15.com/news/local-news/investigations which has been doing a most excellent job of real honest-to-Claude* investigative reporting into the so-called Brady list (the list of rouge and corrupt cops) here in the TSKoA.
    I truly hope they win a Pulitzer for this.

    *Claude does not mind if I take his name in vain…


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