Monday, June 29, 2020

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Anonymous
2020-06-29 15:42:14

Hi Grant,

It's rare for journalists to acknowledge this shift in their profession. Thanks for confirming that you see what so many listeners and readers have noticed. We're having to work much harder to sift through predictions and opinions to find the facts.

There is something else going on here. It seems as if journalists have become afraid of each other. Before you allow yourself to criticize CNN, for example, you recite the obligatory "I'm not a fan of Trump. Far from it..." as if a pro forma statement of the kind is necessary, as if you must signal your own bias as a credential for having a valid opinion. That's the problem all journalists seem to be facing right now. You are afraid of your own shadows or of being cancelled for not having the right opinions.

I don't care if a journalist is a fan of Trump. Or Trudeau. Nothing is less relevant to the news than your opinions of your opinions. These days, I'm following Blacklock's Reporter for political news. It's great to find journalists who still know how to report a story without adding a twist of opinion.

Please keep going in this direction. We need experienced journalists to cast a critical eye on what's happening to their profession and to the people we used to trust to deliver daily reports of the world around us.

Warm regards,
Virginia Durksen

Anonymous
2020-06-29 16:26:27

Thanks for your insightful comments Virginia.

I made the reference to not being a fan of Trump's because as soon as a person like me knocks CNN and MSNBC for biased coverage against the President somebody would likely point the finger at me and accuse me of saying that only because I'm a Trump supporter. I'm not. That's the point.

I'm also a fan of Blacklock's Reporter. Thanks again.

-Grant

Anonymous
2020-06-29 09:29:05

Grant,

I sometimes wonder whether this a reflection of mainstream media drastically changing it's roles and relationships? Mainstream media used to be predominantly local with items of regional or national interest being picked up from local affiliates or from agencies.

The focus was on news and the relationships and accountabilities were local. Even the business/revenue model was local. Mainstream media today is very much "top down" in what it chooses to focus on and it does this within an organizational structure that is quite different in how it operates and in what it prioritizes.

Operationally, it's business model is now national so its focus becomes less on providing as much information as possible to its readership (or listenership etc.) and more on not offending as much of its readership (or listenership etc.). This is what drives the coverage from broad to narrow and from in-depth to shallow.

Complicating this of course is also the change in revenue models whereby national advertisers are more attractive than local ones and national advertisers as well will want to be associated with as little controversy as possible.

Ken Cantor