Journalism is Collapsing

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American journalism is collapsing before our eys
By Michael GoodwinAugust 21, 2016 | 5:40am

Donald Trump may or may not fix his campaign, and Hillary Clinton may or may not become the first female president. But something else happening before our eyes is almost as important: the complete collapse of American journalism as we know it.
The frenzy to bury Trump is not limited to the Clinton campaign and the Obama White House. They are working hand-in-hand with what was considered the cream of the nation’s news organizations.
The shameful display of naked partisanship by the elite media is unlike anything seen in modern America.
The largest broadcast networks — CBS, NBC and ABC — and major newspapers like The New York Times and Washington Post have jettisoned all pretense of fair play. Their fierce determination to keep Trump out of the Oval Office has no precedent.
Indeed, no foreign enemy, no terror group, no native criminal gang, suffers the daily beating that Trump does. The mad mullahs of Iran, who call America the Great Satan and vow to wipe Israel off the map, are treated gently by comparison.
By torching its remaining credibility in service of Clinton, the mainstream media’s reputations will likely never recover, nor will the standards. No future producer, editor, reporter or anchor can be expected to meet a test of fairness when that standard has been trashed in such willful and blatant fashion.
Liberal bias in journalism is often baked into the cake. The traditional ethos of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable leads to demands that government solve every problem. Favoring big government, then, becomes routine among most journalists, especially young ones.
I know because I was one of them. I started at the Times while the Vietnam War and civil-rights movement raged, and was full of certainty about right and wrong.
My editors were, too, though in a different way. Our boss of bosses, the legendary Abe Rosenthal, knew his reporters leaned left, so he leaned right to “keep the paper straight.”
That meant the Times, except for the opinion pages, was scrubbed free of reporters’ political views, an edict that was enforced by giving the opinion and news operations separate editors. The church-and-state structure was one reason the Times was considered the flagship of journalism.
Those days are gone. The Times now is so out of the closet as a Clinton shill that it is giving itself permission to violate any semblance of evenhandedness in its news pages as well as its opinion pages.
A recent article by its media reporter, Jim Rutenberg, whom I know and like, began this way: “If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him?”
Whoa, Nellie. The clear assumption is that many reporters see Trump that way, and it is note­worthy that no similar question is raised about Clinton, whose scandals are deserving only of “scrutiny.” Rutenberg approvingly cites a leftist journalist who calls one candidate “normal” and the other ­“abnormal.”
Clinton is hardly “normal” to the 68 percent of Americans who find her dishonest and untrustworthy, though apparently not a single one of those people writes for the Times. Statistically, that makes the Times “abnormal.”
Also, you don’t need to be a ­detective to hear echoes in that first paragraph of Clinton speeches and ads, including those featured prominently on the Times’ Web site. In effect, the paper has seamlessly ­adopted Clinton’s view as its own, then tries to justify its coverage.
It’s an impossible task, and Rutenberg fails because he must. Any reporter who agrees with Clinton about Trump has no business covering either candidate.
It’s pure bias, which the Times fancies itself an expert in detecting in others, but is blissfully tolerant of its own. And with the top political editor quoted in the story as ­approving the one-sided coverage as necessary and deserving, the prejudice is now official policy.
It’s a historic mistake and a complete break with the paper’s own traditions. Instead of dropping its standards, the Times should bend over backwards to enforce them, even while acknowledging that Trump is a rare breed. That’s the whole point of standards — they are designed to guide decisions not just in easy cases, but in all cases, to preserve trust.
The Times, of course, is not alone in becoming unhinged over Trump, but that’s also the point. It used to be unique because of its adherence to fairness.
Now its only standard is a double standard, one that it proudly ­confesses. Shame would be more appropriate.
You Can’t Subsidize Freedom

A Cato Institute study finds that New York is the least free of the 50 states because of its high tax burden, huge debt and regulatory stranglehold. Another factor is business subsidies, which are almost four times the national average.
At first blush, that one might sound like a good thing. Don’t we want businesses to create jobs, and shouldn’t the state help by subsidizing employers?
Yes, and no. A current housing example proves the point.
A program called 421-a provided a property-tax break to developers in exchange for lower rents on some apartments. It lapsed last January, and a bid to revive it has the state adding another layer of incentives.
The measure reportedly proposes that laborers get at least $50 an hour in wages and benefits, with the state paying 30 percent of it in less ritzy parts of the city.
Here’s the catch: Where does the state subsidy money come from? Other taxpayers — that’s where.
With the state already projecting a budget deficit, other tax hikes might follow, which would make living here even less affordable.
In essence, then, the state and city already have such high taxes that, to get affordable housing, they must take money from other people to subsidize both developers and workers.
What does any of this have to do with free markets and capitalism? Nothing. Which is why Cato is exactly right that New York has a freedom deficit.
Clinton and Bratton’s Political Play

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton emerged from a meeting with Hillary Clinton gushing about her “ideas” and “experience,” as dutifully noted by numerous news organizations. But most failed to note that Bratton is leaving the NYPD for a job with Teneo, a corporate cousin of Clinton Inc.
It’s probably also just a coincidence that Bratton is cozy with the candidate that his current boss, the mayor, has endorsed.
Imagine the howling if a police com­missioner showered praise on someone the mayor opposed.
Good reasons why active law enforcement should butt out of politics.
Tokin’ gesture

Headline: “Obama rips daughter Malia for smoking pot”
So even the president is subject to the parent trap:

Do as I say, not as I did.

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  • Posted by NealS 5 years, 5 months ago
    I think "the people" should have a say in what is, or is not, published in today's "News". When a "News" organization can't publish all of the facts, and both sides of the argument, then they should not be labeled as a "News" source. And if they continue to publish only half or just the parts that they want, I would expect those that disagree with their published garbage would unsubscribe. If NBC lost half of it's viewership, or the Times lost it's readership, would they continue to exist as a "News" media? I say punish them for poor performance.
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    • Posted by EdGoldstein 5 years, 5 months ago
      "If NBC lost half of it's viewership, or the Times lost it's readership, would they continue to exist as a "News" media?"

      Yes, because the media are the propaganda arm of the ruling elite. "News" is a losing part of the business in mega corporations today maintained for its ability to influence the uninformed.
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    • Posted by $ MichaelAarethun 5 years, 5 months ago
      Actually they do. I thought about it one day and haven't bought nor read a newspaper or news magazine or listened to the TV news for nigh on close to twenty years. Let's see...November 1997 to be exact. Or was it October?

      Your comment and solution are exactly correct. one thumbs up !
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  • Posted by Rglab 5 years, 5 months ago
    So much for the 2 Amendment. It's pathetic how the major media outlets kowtow to the clintons-not only are the evil, but must be enormously powerful-more than we know. Sad!
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    • Posted by NealS 5 years, 5 months ago
      Don't worry too much about the Second Amendment. It may be attacked in full force some time in the future but there will always remain a whole lot of us that are grandfathered into keeping our arms. But do worry about it a lot after we're gone. They don't teach our beliefs in school anymore, in fact history is no longer taught, so there is no way for our youth to learn anything from history.
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      • Posted by $ MichaelAarethun 5 years, 5 months ago
        Teach Your Children Well....Your responsibiity is your children. So far I'm ahead of the game but not with a perfect score. Crosby, Stills, and Nash wrote those words. good advice from a strange corner of the country in favor of individualism.
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    • Posted by $ MichaelAarethun 5 years, 5 months ago
      Goes back well before them and the Clintons are products of the lefts not behind the scenes leader George Soros and secuilar progressivism. Hillary often describes herself as a Progressive even more than as a Socialist but never as fascist which is the best description of that bunch. Still Secular Progressive Fascist Socialst Party does trip off the tongue rather well SPFS. You get what vote for or 'not against.'

      choices are dwindling but i like the separation between Trump The Candidate with a platform and the Republicans as a pseudo Party without a Candidate, a Platform, or a Future unless you count their position as the right wing of the left and dwindling membership.

      For the next big jump which Johnson backed away from present the Constitutional Republic Party with Trump and seriously go after the 46% that still have time to register especially in the rigged ballot states.Be nice to see that back fire on them as frosting on the cake.

      For candles? New Attorney General and one arrest warrant.
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  • Posted by DrZarkov99 5 years, 5 months ago
    Journalism, if it ever was objective, lost credibility a long time ago. The Spanish American war was a result of sensationalist, "imaginative" writing by Hearst newspaper staff, just to cite one example of irresponsible journalism. American press has frequently granted itself the job of judge, jury, and prosecutor. The writing content pendulum swings back and forth between extremes of rigid conservative and hysterically socialist positions. Rarely will you find truly objective, factual reporting.
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  • Posted by $ allosaur 5 years, 5 months ago
    Old dino has a degree in journalism and was a newspaper reporter/photographer for seven years.
    You work for a managing editor.
    He is your boss. Your job is to please the boss.
    My last newspaper boss did not like Reagan and I did not like him or the pay.
    Year 1980 I changed careers. End of that story.
    Oh, yeah, typing -30- is how I used to end articles. Haven't even thought about that for years.
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    • Posted by $ MichaelAarethun 5 years, 5 months ago
      -30- From typewriter to paper to editior to type setter to the presses now it's all done from the the reporters gizmo where ever he happens to be tthe editor desk the computer controlled presses which don't press but spray. I reckon. Where's he romance Where's Lois Lane? Where's Mencken and Rogers? No wonder I quit newspapers.
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  • Posted by $ MichaelAarethun 5 years, 5 months ago
    i thought the ending head line was indicative.

    Comment.What Jounalism? Do you know of any Journalists? I'm not at all sure there are any. Now reporters are a nickel a thousand. What's the difference.

    One report on something that occured as accurately as possible without further comment.

    The Other writes or speaks propaganda.

    Rememer Spin is just another word for deceit.
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  • Posted by starznbarz 5 years, 5 months ago
    Journalism, like politics, is best attacked locally. Want to make your point that your local paper, or affiliate is not only not fulfilling their Constitutional responsibility, but are willingly refusing to report facts required for citizens to make an informed decision? Pick the top 5 advertisers - local advertisers, write on their social media pages, go to their place of business and let them know you will not do business there and why. Be specific, be calm. Advertising is the lifeblood of media, choke it off.
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    • Posted by NealS 5 years, 5 months ago
      I like your suggestion. Where I live now I'm fully in agreement with everyone, everyone I've met so far in my first six months. I'd have to go back to the Seattle area to find those my beliefs disagree with. I guess, like everything else, quantity is key, we've got to get everyone doing it. But then again, would not everyone doing it balance out again and just bring us back to where we are?
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      • Posted by starznbarz 5 years, 5 months ago
        Businesses don`t like negative comments on their public social media pages, if your point to them is that they are supporting local media that are willfully acting against Americans interests by silence, or a severe imbalance of time allotted to candidates / issues, there is no legitimate argument against that for them. That is why pointing out basic facts is very important. One negative, factual post can go a long way.
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        • Posted by $ MichaelAarethun 5 years, 5 months ago
          If one network was carrying or even two but ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox and C Span and every streaming source imaginable seem to be in on it. Three debates and only two of four candidates which a major reason why two candidates have been denied equal access all along. I don't watch TV and this is one of the reasons along with ear shattering volume pump ups for commercials and then having lie about that. I have boycotted the left wing fascist neo nazi practices of these channels and their government backers that allow it. As for the advertisers? Screw them too. Do I make a difference. What's that got to do with doing the right thing? Morals, values, ethics and standards have no place in fascist America and people with those values have no reason to support the enablers from the business world.

          Ah nice the Edit button is back but my comment ont he Best of pop up stated I not onlys send one email with many I send one every time I spend money elsewhere or in my case boycott TV entirely with a running total aren't computers wonderful? ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and other suppters and enalers of left wing fascism and for other reasons usually dealijg with shoddy business practices Bank America, United Airlines, US Air, Cingular/ATT, Virgin Atlantic cell phones, GMC, Circuit City, Heinz, and the company that uses that dippy actress that goes around defacing national parks? My bandaids don't or items for the GF do not come from them.

          Aren't computers wonderful! For one thing I became aware of where my budget money was going the GF is NOT complaining.

          Come to think of it when the little satellite receiver dishes came out couple decades ago or so I switched off regular cable because I could control and block out completely certain carriers and channels. They may offer 2000 choices but I found myself increasingly bored with second rate productions and third rate advertising. Plonk. The decision to send the TV set to the garbage was very easy and has never been regretted. Before that My favorite control button was OFF. TV Guide never ruled nor ruined my ife.

          A milestone was checking out at the grocery and not recognizing a single name nor face on the tabloids. My motto referring to any of them "What is a (insert name) and why should I care?" if someone int he check out line insists on including me in their inane discussion of same I just say, "Sorry I'm not into that leftwing fascist neo-Nazi crap I'm not an addict. "Hace a nice daiy?" "No thanks I've made other plans." "Thanks for serving your country?" "Sorry I never did. My oath was to the Constitution not the country nor the people." But don't say it all nasty and sarcastic. Soft spoken,polite with a condescending smile will work just fine.

          If they insist and don't take the hint? "Well you obviously must this and that?" "Wow I never met a rieal mind reader before. I'm thinking of a number between one and two what is it?" Then add pitying to condescending but always polite.
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  • Posted by Herb7734 5 years, 5 months ago
    American journalism is not "collapsing" it has collapsed. Opinion printed as news, news that is fabricated or slanted to make a certain candidate look good, and words taken out of context, are some of the tricks used for what is called journalism today. It should be called fictionalism. Or perhaps, fantasyism. But finally, it looks as if the public is beginning to catch on. Hope spring eternal.
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  • Posted by $ Olduglycarl 5 years, 5 months ago
    Society as a whole has devolved into something likened to Max Entropy and 0 Entropy simultaneously and existence it self is at risk.

    No net, neutrality inbetween.
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  • Posted by freedomforall 5 years, 5 months ago
    Mainstream media broadcast journalism died when Ted Turner sold Turner Communications (including CNN) to Time Warner in 1995. Turner had been giving it life support at CNN for 15 years, and he had to be taken out of the political "news" equation. Hanoi Jane was a likely agent for the statists in this case.
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  • Posted by $ jdg 5 years, 5 months ago
    I'm not at all convinced that there ever was any such thing as unbiased, objective reporting, beyond the scholarly science journals. And it may be too late to save even those.

    Which does not mean that objectivity is impossible or that we should not strive to achieve it -- only that we are all imperfect.
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  • Posted by term2 5 years, 5 months ago
    Absolutely correct. We should just ignore the media at this point. Just dont watch or listen to it until it corrects itself. I turn on CNN only until I hear the word TRUMP or the word HILLARY. Then I turn it off. I really dont want to hear what they have to say on either subject. They hate Trump and Hillary- I GET IT !! They love socialism- I GET THAT TOO !!.
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