Sunday, August 21, 2016

"...the complete collapse of American journalism as we know it."

"...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...

...By torching its remaining credibility in service of [the establishment], 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.

...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 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.

...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 [establishment] that it is giving itself permission to violate any semblance of evenhandedness in its news pages as well as its opinion pages.

...In effect, the paper has seamlessly ­adopted [the establishment]’s view as its own, then tries to justify its coverage.

...Any reporter who agrees with Clinton about Trump [or vice versa] has no business covering either candidate.

...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.

...Now its only standard is a double standard, one that it proudly ­confesses.

Shame would be more appropriate."