Newspapers are losing circulation and advertising revenue. Many old-time publications are going out of business.
There’s no question that selling newspapers has gotten more difficult because of the Internet. Fifty years ago people settled down for an hour every day with their newspapers. That pattern is disappearing.
Equally, there is no question that newspapers have made their situation worse. They insist on being politically correct, liberal, progressive, or whatever you want to say. What they don’t insist on doing is telling the facts and letting readers think for themselves. Perish that thought
The problem across America is that the so-called mainstream media is not mainstream at all. It’s liberal media, and they produce a predictable, flat, boring product consisting of roughly 85% politically correct views mixed with a scattering of 15% non-politically correct views. And that’s on an adventurous day.
There used to be people called reporters who would knock down doors to get a story. We don’t have those people anymore. Now we have political operatives called journalists. They are trained to package and manipulate the news, not to report the news.
On a day (Oct. 9, 2013) when Obama’s approval rating dropped to 37% (which is the real story), liberal media were screaming that the public’s approval of Congress had dropped to 20%. But that second statistic is almost meaningless. A big block of people are mad at Congress for opposing Obama. But probably a similar number are mad at Congress for NOT opposing Obama. So why would any self-respecting journalist emphasize the 20% number and ignore the 37% number? Because they are journalists.
The Far-left (a.k.a. “Commies”) always try to seize control of education and media. They do a great job of seizing control. So now a degree in journalism means a degree in progressive ideology. It does not mean you know how to entertain and inform readers. It means you know how to indoctrinate readers. You may be little more than a trained hack.
What should newspapers do to survive? Rule one: fire journalists. These are the credentialed experts responsible for the boring, untrustworthy product that fewer people want. Journalists redefined objectivity as undesirable if not impossible; at the same time they redefined subjectivity as a highly professional attitude. In other words, whatever they are is just wonderful.
Get rid of these imposters. Instead hire only reporters. How do you find such people? Ideally, the candidates majored in something like English Lit and then went on to run a business, serve in the military, or play sports at a high-level. People like that can usually be turned quickly into reporters. People who went to journalism school, on the other hand, should not be allowed near newspapers.
Liberal control of newspapers means the papers get worse. Does that statement surprise anyone? How about this? Liberal control of schools means the schools get worse. No one is surprised by either thought. The dynamics are the same in both cases. You have people meddling with the free and proper operation of an industry so that they can sell their own personal politics. It shouldn’t be allowed. It’s cheating.
Cutely enough, the New York Times just ran an article about how cheating makes you feel good. Count on the sly New York Times to tell us whats’s really going on in those so-called newsrooms.
Liberal journalism, arguably, is cheating from the first syllable onward. Their goal is to change society; they want to do to journalism exactly what John Dewey wanted to do to the public schools, transform them on behalf of his ideology. John Dewey was not interested in education as parents understand that term. Similarly, liberal journalists are not interested in news as ordinary newspaper readers understand that term.
The country has three afflictions now all caused by the same small group of operatives: low information media, low information schools, low information voters.
Journalism is dead. Long live reporting.
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