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The 2016 Election and the Demise of Journalistic Standards

Article author: 
Michael Goodwin, the New York Post
Article publisher: 
Imprimis
Article date: 
June 17, 2017
Article category: 
National News
Medium
Article Body: 
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 straight forward 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...
 
For most of the media, bias grew out of the social revolution of the 1960s and ’70s. Fueled by the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements, the media jumped on the anti-authority bandwagon writ large. The deal was sealed with Watergate...
 
I knew all of this about the media mindset going into the 2016 presidential campaign. But I was still shocked at what happened. This was not naïve liberalism run amok. This was a whole new approach to politics. No one in modern times had seen anything like it...
 
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...
 
Which brings us to the crucial questions. Can the American media be fixed? And is there anything that we 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. as individuals can do to make a difference? The short answer to the first question is, “No, it can't be fixed.” The 2016 election was the media’s Humpty Dumpty moment...
 
Liberals used to love to say, “I don't agree with your opinion, but I would fight to the death for your right to express it.” You don't hear that anymore from the Left. Now they want to shut you up if you don't agree. And they are having some success...
 

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