Walter Russell Mead: ‘The Biggest Threat To The Media Is The Media Itself:’
‘Maybe the critics are right that Trump will prosecute reporters and sue media organizations to protect himself from public accountability. But for now, it seems far more likely that if the Fourth Estate is diminished in the Trump era, it will have mostly itself to blame.’
Market forces (the failure of old models and rapid technological change) are forcing many publications to cater to their specific bases, in some cases becoming overtly ideological and relatively more open about ideological predispositions and biases.
More broadly, institutional authority and social trust are quite low throughout American civic life (some reasons for this might be quite serious, indeed). This has trickled-down to many opinion-makers.
From where I sit, liberal publications invested more heavily in the activist model of organization and identity politics are now reaping what they’ve sown during Obama’s two terms; many not likely soon emerging from a more advanced righteous state of mind against perceived enemies.
From Trump and the Trump-populist point-of-view?: The Republican establishment, many independents, the media, and certainly the liberal and liberal-Left establishments all thought you didn’t have a snowball’s chance while slogging through the campaign.
First, they ignored you, then they mocked you, then they took you seriously, but really only seriously enough to attack you.
This has probably reinforced a lot of Trump’s basic assumptions about the state of the media and his relation to it.
We’ll see what happens.
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The readers of the Boston Evening Transcript
Sway in the wind like a field of ripe corn.
When evening quickens faintly in the street,
Wakening the appetites of life in some
And to others bringing the Boston Evening Transcript,
I mount the steps and ring the bell, turning
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And I say, “Cousin Harriet, here is the Boston Evening Transcript.”
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