From Roger Simon at PJ Media:
One of the more notable differences between Watergate and the metastasizing scandals involving the FBI, our intelligence agencies, and the Obama administration — subjects of the soon-to-be-released inspector general’s report — is that the media exposed Watergate. They aided and abetted the current transgressions.
By providing a willing and virtually unquestioned repository for every anonymous leaker (as long as he or she was on the “right” side) in Washington and beyond, the press has evolved from being part of the solution to being a major part of the problem. Gone are the days of the true “whistle-blower.” Here are the days of the special interest provocateur, shaping public opinion by passing on half-truths and outright lies to their favorite reporter. More.
Reality check: The legacy mainstream media do not really have anything else to market now that the information we really need is only a click away. That, rather than effectiveness, is why they are dangerous.
See also: Jordan Peterson smeared as alt right at NBC Nightly News Traditional media today may survive by retailing falsehoods of this sort to willing hearers but that amounts to saying that informing the public is no longer really one of their goals.