THE PRESS IS THE SCHWERPUNKT IN THE CULTURE WAR: The American public holds media in contempt. The public is right.
The establishment media continues to become more and more unpopular — for a very good reason.
A major survey came out this week showing deep distrust in the media, and then a top producer at MSNBC and a recently deposed opinion editor from the New York Times aired their own biting critiques. The message from all three is that the media has forfeited professional standards and ethics. The message is correct.
“We are a cancer and there is no cure.” That’s what “a successful and insightful TV veteran” told Ariana N. Pekary, who two days ago quit her job as a producer for MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. Pekary penned a blog post agreeing with that assessment.
According to Pekary, the “model” used by cable news networks (and presumably other news outlets) “blocks diversity of thought and content because the networks have incentives to amplify fringe voices and events, at the expense of others.” She wrote that the cancer “risks human lives … [and] risks our democracy,” in part because “context and factual data are often considered too cumbersome for the audience.”
KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Mainstream Media Hacks Are the Root of Most American Woes. “American media hacks spent years as the chief propagandists for the Russian collusion myth simply because they were in an extreme fit of pique over the fact that they couldn’t get Hillary Clinton elected president. It was the first time their power had been rejected on a large scale.”