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October 24, 2016

American Mainstream Media: Time for a Check-Up, Guys.

After the 2016 Election cycle comes to a close, major news outlets--the establishment press and cable news networks--need to engage in some some private and public soul-searching about why the news media exists and its best role. And I expect it will.

It's no secret that journalists are often old-stye liberals and vote that way. But the moral panicking against Trump has been a shameful moment for our free press. Yes, objective journalism is hard and ultimately impossible. And H.L. Mencken was right: the press should afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted. But in reporting facts the media should try to "get it right." Report an event? Feature pieces? Write them. Endeavor to let readers decide. Save opinion as much as possible for your opinion pages.

I'm still voting for HRC. She is the best POTUS candidate in my lifetime. And she is, frankly, very much like Trump in all the best ways. But no candidate deserves the piling on against an adversary she's benefitted from we've seen in this election. HRC didn't need overtly-biased journalism to win.

Take a long walk, American free press. Think about what the press should be and should not be. You can do better than this.

Posted by JD Hull at October 24, 2016 09:30 AM

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