Old time journalist regrets the loss of news coverage standards in US 2016 election

From Michael Goodwin at Imprimis:

I’ve been a journalist for a long time. Long enough to know that it wasn’t always like this. There was a time not so long ago when journalists were trusted and admired. We were generally seen as trying to report the news in a fair and straightforward manner. Today, all that has changed. For that, we can blame the 2016 election or, more accurately, how some news organizations chose to cover it. Among the many firsts, last year’s election gave us the gobsmacking revelation that most of the mainstream media puts both thumbs on the scale—that most of what you read, watch, and listen to is distorted by intentional bias and hostility. I have never seen anything like it. Not even close.

As we know now, most of the media totally missed Trump’s appeal to millions upon millions of Americans. The prejudice against him blinded those news organizations to what was happening in the country. Even more incredibly, I believe the bias and hostility directed at Trump backfired. The feeling that the election was, in part, a referendum on the media, gave some voters an extra incentive to vote for Trump. A vote for him was a vote against the media and against Washington. Not incidentally, Trump used that sentiment to his advantage, often revving up his crowds with attacks on reporters. He still does.

If I haven’t made it clear, let me do so now. The behavior of much of the media, but especially The New York Times, was a disgrace. I don’t believe it ever will recover the public trust it squandered. More.

Reality check: The biggest favor Trump could do the traditional news industry would be to violate the US First Amendment by persecuting them. They would be the new dope. It is hard to know who would or should otherwise care what they think, say or do.

This is not a punishment for their sins. They are just not needed anymore.

See also: Did Trump kill the New York Daily News?

  • Alain

    Stating that the 2016 election can be blamed is non sense. The mainstream fake news started long before 2016 or the election. It is only that Trump’s election caused total hysteria among the so-called journalists.

  • Millie_Woods

    It started long before the 2016 election. The false narratives and duplicity became obvious to me sometime in the 80’s. And it was going on before that too but I was too naive and trusted the people and organizations that reported the news. Now they don’t even try to hide their allegiance to the left. Like any normal person I despise being conned and lied to.

  • SDMatt

    Long enough to know that it wasn’t always like this. There was a time not so long ago when journalists were trusted and admired. We were generally seen as trying to report the news in a fair and straightforward manner.

    What a steaming pant-load: never mind the media were on their knees fellating Obama for 8 years, they were doing the same for JFK and the rest of the raping Kennedys with the whole “Camelot” crapola that one still hears to this day. They’ve been partisan hacks for decades.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Since we already have laws requiring truth in lending and truth in packaging, why not truth in reporting?

  • Gary

    The CBC officially stop being based on true Journalism right after 9/11 when they refused to link muslims to the attack and they covered Jen Chretien running to a Mosque in Ottawa for a photo-op where he assured the muslims that the 19 muslim terrorists weren’t muslims and that it had NOTHING to do with the quranic orders to inflict terror in the Hearts of the unbelievers .

    The CBC loves the Khadr’s and has defended almost every alleged terrorist and the convicted ones now in prison while the CBC also refused to say anything bad about Hamas, hezbollah, Al Shabaab or any Jew-hating Imam in Canada .
    If you watch the older movies , or even the Superman TV show ( George Reeves) from the 1950′ , you’ll see how Politicians hated the PRESS because it dug up dirt and reported the truth if they found corruption.
    But today the Politicians welcome the Media that are the useful-idiots that just repeat the LIES and Propaganda with NO fact checking unless it’s on people the media doesn’t like.

    Hillary was supposed to win by about 80% of the votes which was why she wanted Trump to declare that he would accept the results on November 9th .
    oops…..she lost and is still bitching about a conspiracy while her Brown-Shirt thugs in Antifa and BLM keep rioting as the Democrats try to over turn the Election .

    The CBC is the propaganda Wing of the Liberal Party where they attacked Harper for their Budget Cuts and yet Chretien made the most massive cuts to the CBC with not a peep .

    • Alain

      Actually the CBC had stopped being based on any true journalism well prior to 9/11.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The media didn’t miss Trump’s appeal, they were working for the opposition

    • Yes, that’s the point. They had stopped being necessary to us just so we could find out what is going on. That’s when their bias became a real handicap to them, not us. Suddenly, we had choices.