sloopjohnc wrote:It's brilliant on Trump's part - convincing millions of people that reputable news sources aren't valid. I think that's one of the canniest feats he's performed.
well, he had a lot
of help priming the pump. Like a lot of what TRUMP does - he states flatly and defiantly what has been more or less accepted dogma for years. the "untrustworthy liberal media" routine has been part of the right's playbook for a while. Hate Radio & Tabloid News have badgered at this pretty relentlessly. TRUMP ups the stakes even further but I think a lot of the heavy lifting was done for him - still, it takes a lot of nerve.
as for the failing media stuff - I'm certainly part of the problem. the two headed monster of very bad reporting and not getting my paper delivered for days at a time cured me of subscribing to the L.A.Times. they still have some good writers and they still do some good work. BUT, just as I was learning to live without paying for news, along came the internet.
Nowadays, if I click on a link and there's a paywall, I go somewhere else. I doubt I'm alone in this. Also, I personally think much of the coverage is SUPER lame. take the Tax Bill, almost every reputable news source played this in the favored "horse race" manner. "Do Republicans have enough votes to win?"
sure, there was SOME analysis and context and I do understand that the bill was Top Secret but still, news without analysis isn't really news at all.