Friends, there are few subjects on which I am more passionate than the pure loathsomeness of the mainstream media. The lack of balance and breadth in their coverage, the plain ignorance of many reporters and editors, and the blatant partisanship and runaway Trump-hatred is enough to drive any decent American batty...and quite a few have already succumbed. Our excellent President has an approval rating in the 40s. Russia's President Vladimir Putin has an approval rating closer to 80%. What's the difference between them? There are plenty, but from a public opinion standpoint the principal distinction is that Putin controls the Russian media, which fawns over him, while the American media works in overdrive to undermine our elected President. One simply cannot discount how important this is, since constant toxic media coverage destroys confidence with spectacular effectiveness. True, there are now alternative media outlets from which Americans can, and sometimes do, get high quality news and analysis, but most alternative media sources are even worse, and less professional, than the mainstream crowd. Fake news flourishes in the alternative media, and the big networks, newspapers, and popular websites are, to a large degree, throwing journalistic standards out the window simply to stay competitive with the no-holds-barred muckrakers that dominate talk radio, social media, and other popular forums. The point is this: our country's cynicism, quarrelsomeness, and self-hatred will never be healed until we obtain a more responsible press. Bad and biased reporting is killing our democracy, I firmly believe, and time may be running out to reverse the downward spiral. After all, we're already in a situation where most Americans assume the amorality of our political elite, and they take for granted that, if their chosen candidate didn't win an election, then his/her opponent must have cheated. You simply can't sustain democratic institutions for long under these circumstances. We need to change course!
You can read all about it in my latest article: