Donald Trump’s sweeping election win should have inspired some soul searching on the liberal side of the political aisle.
Indeed, a few articles appeared after November 9, written by media insiders who admitted that they had been blinded to Trump’s message and popularity by their own biases.
However, anyone expecting the mainstream media to finally see the error of its ways will be disappointed. The idea that one event, even one as earth-shattering of Trump’s victory, could undo decades of media malpractice simply isn’t realistic. The media has a worldview and systems in place that can’t be undone overnight.
Joe Concha at The Hill looks at this post-election introspection, and why it was so short lived:
Journalistic felonies were discovered far and wide during the campaign season. Stories shared in advance with campaigns. Debate questions shared in advance with campaigns. Outright collusion. Blatant cheerleading. Wikileaks exposed what many suspected about the press all along: they’re operatives, not journalists.
It’s a shame that such a broad brush was painted here across an industry of solid, noble, honest journalists that exist primarily outside of political reporting. But think of it at the 1919 White Sox scandal: Only a few players were involved, but the whole team and sport were stained. And stains like that don’t come off with one washing.
So how’s that introspection by the press going? Are we seeing a more objective, fair, lucid, advocacy-free brand of journalism?
Concha says there is no way that reporters are going to change the way they do business. He predicts they will “triple down” on their bias and amp up the unethical tactics they’ll use to try to bring down Trump. They need to prove they were right all along — even if it means losing readers and viewers.
The fact is, many companies such as the New York Times are owned by billionaires who bought them for reasons of status as much as influence. These media conglomerates can arguably afford to lose even more of their audience as long as their wealthy owner can afford to keep signing the checks.