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It’s Time for the Press to Stop Complaining—And to Start Fighting Back

By The Atlantic

A nearly 50-year campaign of vilification, inspired by Fox News's Roger Ailes, has left many Americans distrustful of media outlets. Now, journalists need to speak up for their workRead full story

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  • It's an important check on the power of the press to have a skeptical public-at least as skeptical as the press is of the subjects of their reportage. The situation facing the press today is of their own making. They lost the mandate to be the trusted source for facts of record and morphed into infotainment...more like Howard Stern than Howard K. Smith.

  • It’s time for the media to stop the practice of over-sensationalizing and exaggerating stories and just give us the facts and nothing but the facts.

  • Sorry, not impressed. I’ve lived long enough to have seen and remember what biases the press has shown over the years to political parties and politicians they hate and hear the excuses they’ve presented for the ones they want to cover for.

    If Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 election & Donald Trump and his associated RNC officials had pulled off what HRC, the DNC, and the high ranking DOJ & FBI players did putting together a scam like many people feel has been done (and we all now know this BECAUSE

    Sorry, not impressed. I’ve lived long enough to have seen and remember what biases the press has shown over the years to political parties and politicians they hate and hear the excuses they’ve presented for the ones they want to cover for.

    If Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 election & Donald Trump and his associated RNC officials had pulled off what HRC, the DNC, and the high ranking DOJ & FBI players did putting together a scam like many people feel has been done (and we all now know this BECAUSE of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and Laura Ingraham), every single reporter from every network would be living @ Trump Tower waiting for him to emerge to have him crucified! You wouldn’t give a rat’s behind if he was “retired” from politics or not- which BTW - Hillary hasn’t, and I think you know that! There’s another example of a bit of your news conservatives believe is fake!

    The conservative base doesn’t consider the entire press the “enemy of the people”. But we do recognize there are specific players in the media who do not tell the whole truth. They and you in this story tell what portion of the truth suits your end game. To minimize Fox News, discredit the conservative broadcasters, and of course destroy President Trump.

    Face it - you are a liberal news pusher & you have competition for the product you peddle. You want more readers? You want to be believed? You want credit for your work? Start being active & research ALL aspects of a story, report on your subjects fairly, and tell the truth, the whole damn truth! I’m sorry to say, but you have a severe credibility problem & taking this tone isn’t going to change things - it just serves to divide us more.

  • Devastating critique of a 50 year campaign against the press by Chuck Todd and his clarion call on how to fight back.

  • Maybe if the media wasn’t government shills that played the party game this wouldn’t be a thing. Maybe if investigative journalism was still something that sought the truth instead of finding stories or “facts” that represent the writers point of view. Maybe then, people would trust the media more. People like Mencken and Gary Webb come to mind

  • Read it, believe it, act on it.

  • Taking over the media—traditionally it was the newspaper or radio—was the first stop for those seeking to overthrow governments. Todd’s analysis is thoughtful and important, but also marry it with the rise of the fear of a white minority and you have the fertile ground for hatred, racism, fear and eventually conflict and war.

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