Goodwin, Michael, USA TODAY
“[Pres. Donald] Trump [is] savaged like no other [chief executive] in memory. We [are] witnessing the total collapse of journalistic standards, with fairness and balance tossed overboard. Every story [is] an opinion masquerading as news, and every opinion [runs] in the same direction … away from Trump.”
I have been a journalist for a long time–long enough to know that it was not always like this. There was a time not so long ago when journalists were trusted and admired. We generally were seen as trying to report the news in a fair and straightforward 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.