Veteran journalist Michael Goodwin, writing in the New York Post over the weekend, said a tragedy is unfolding before our eyes.
Donald Trump may or may not fix his campaign, and Hillary Clinton may or may not become the first female president. But something else happening before our eyes is almost as important: the complete collapse of American journalism as we know it. The frenzy to bury Trump is not limited to the Clinton campaign and the Obama White House.
They are working hand in hand with what was considered the cream of the nation’s news organizations. The shameful display of naked partisanship by the elite media is unlike anything seen in modern America.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who spent a decade at the New York Times before he became executive editor of the New York Daily News, Goodwin is not exactly a right-wing crank. He voted for Obama in 2008 and has spent most of his career cocooned in the crème de la crème of New York media. But he makes the case that media have grown so partisan that they do not even bother to hide it, and that this is endangering our democracy.
A similar point was made last week by Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone magazine. In an article titled “The Summer of the Shill,” Taibbi, an outspoken liberal, compared today’s media coverage to propaganda in the Soviet Union during the Cold War-era. He said media organizations had crossed a dangerous line in their efforts to whittle down Donald Trump.
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