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Tuesday, November 08, 2016

"Nation" Magazine Editor Says Media System Broken

Katrina vanden Heuvel
Along with the famous Andrew Sullivan article in Atlantic earlier in the year, this article by Katrina vanden Heuvel is among the best of the 2016 election season.  I do not wish to duplicate all her main points here because she has stated them so very powerfully.

She says essentially what I have been saying: the media malpractice of 2016 has in itself become a campaign issue.  And she further says what few dare say:  the reason for the malpractice is the wrong motivation of the media.  That is, if it doesn't improve ratings -- read, climate change, health care costs, education concerns -- it doesn't merit coverage.

On the other hand, if it involves vitriolic accusations (the e-mail non-issue), bedroom activities (Trumpian behavior), or violence (Trump rallies), the media is "there" in a flash.

As vanden Heuvel says, serious examination of the media must begin tomorrow.  Or in my case, today.

Media System Broken Says "Nation" Editor


  1. Watching PBS Newshour now. The normalization of Trump continues. We hear about the Trump campaign's bringing suit today in Nevada. It is not that this isn't news. The question is one of priority. When seen in light of the complete lack of qualifications for the office of President, particularly in the areas of judgment, fairness, and steadiness, among other qualities, what we have is just more of the same from the media. It is not a media that truly cares about the country or its people. Yes, PBS may be better in tone and sometimes in content. That is why I am watching it. But it is clearly not better enough.

  2. Up-date. This PBS Newshour report at least ended well, with a summing up of the bad effects of voter I.D. laws

  3. Up-date. This PBS Newshour report at least ended well, with a summing up of the bad effects of voter I.D. laws


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