That shift many have sensed from hard news to opinion and advocacy in the media, especially on cable TV, is real, according to a new and authoritative report from research giant Rand Corporation.
In a study of trends from before 2000 to 2017, it found a big shift in how news is presented on TV and in online reports that means more “personal perspective,” issue advocacy, and opinion.
Rand, in its report News in a Digital Age, compared the periods for newspapers, broadcast TV, cable, and online. It looked at the words used, but did not analyze the politics of the stories, reporters, or outlets.
Newspapers, it said, have shifted in how they tell their stories, away from the old who, what, when, where, why and how approach to storytelling and personal perspective.
Broadcast has shifted to offering more opinions and arguments.
Cable TV has gone all in on opinion over news.
And online has become opinionated and advocacy based.
Well, actual journalism is work, and if you do it honestly the stories may not turn out as your politics require. Opinion and advocacy are cheap, and always match your . . . opinions.