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The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is underway therefore is the extensive media protection. The major networks are interrupting programs and putting their super star anchors front and center on their broadcasts.
Cable networks are providing gavel-to-gavel coverage while bringing in a cast of thousands to analyze, discuss and opine over what we are viewing. National publications such as The New York Times and Washington Post are publishing up-to-the-second updates. Papers, websites, TV, podcasts, newsletters, radio– all will flood us with news, analysis, viewpoints and forecasts.
Too much or entirely appropriate?
You would think totally appropriate considering what is at stake. After all, it’s just the 4th time in the history of the nation that a president faces impeachment.
But can there be such a thing as too much info?
Absolutely, especially when not all of that info is accurate, and even intended to be precise.
In a wise piece for Vox, Sam Illing composes, “We reside in a media community that overwhelms individuals with information. A few of that info is precise, some of it is fake, and much of it is deliberately misleading. The result is a polity that has actually increasingly quit on discovering the reality.”
In fact, there may be something even worse than offering up on finding the fact. It’s a public so weary of inclined media that they don’t think the truth even exists. In other words, the audiences think all news is prejudiced.
Illing points to a New York City Times piece by Sabrina Tavernise and Aidan Gardiner that was composed last November, however definitely uses to today. It stated, “But just when info is required most, to numerous Americans it feels most evasive. The rise of social media; the expansion of information online, consisting of news created to deceive; and a flood of partisan news are causing a general exhaustion with news itself. Contribute to that a president with a documented record of frequently making false statements and the result is a strange new regular: Numerous people are numb and disoriented, struggling to determine what is genuine in a sea of slant, fake and fact.”
And some people do not care which is inclined, fake or fact. They rely on their preferred news source and accept that variation as their reality. Regrettably, a lot of audiences watch shows with pundits expressing viewpoints (think Sean Hannity or Rachel Maddow) and confuse that with shows using press reporters to relay realities.
So what are media outlets to do, specifically the ones devoted to truthful reporting?
Here’s what: Keep doing your job. Keep combating the battle. Keep reporting the reality.
Go heavy on realities and light on viewpoint. Depend on what’s happening today rather of what may occur tomorrow. Yes, discuss what we are viewing, but, no, don’t tell us how to feel about what we are watching. Don’t try to inform us who is “winning.”
Bring on specialists who understand impeachment and the law. Do not cause commentators who are known to lie or spread out conspiracy theories.
And what can the viewer do? Very same thing. Try to find realities, not opinion. Try to find descriptions, not forecasts. Search for fact, not spin. Don’t browse for scorecards.
It’s all easier stated than done. The bad habits of what much of the media provides and what the general public takes in is a hard habit to break.
It’s like processed food. It tastes excellent, but it’s ultimately truly bad for you. Here’s hoping the media serves up a healthy diet plan of impeachment protection and the public stays with that diet.
Hillary Clinton. (Image by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
The must-read Q&A of the day is The Hollywood Press reporter’s Lacey Rose talking to Hillary Clinton The interview is indicated to preview the upcoming four-part documentary series “Hillary,” which will premiere at the Sundance Movie Celebration later on today.
The huge headline coming out of the documentary was Clinton’s remarks about Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
” Nobody likes him, no one wishes to deal with him, he got nothing done,” Clinton said in the film. “He was a profession politician. It’s all simply baloney and I feel so bad that individuals got sucked into it.”
When asked by Rose if that evaluation still holds, Clinton said, “Yes, it does.”
So that was the huge news, however viewing as how this is a media newsletter, what caught my attention was Clinton’s evaluation of the media protection surrounding this election. Clinton was asked if she sees improvement from 2016.
” I do not,” Clinton said. “In the beginning I was hopeful that it had. I thought that with more than one lady running– at one point there were 6, so a basketball team plus an extra– it’ll get more regular (because) you have females on the stage. It’s not simply me standing alone up there. And in the very beginning there was factor for hope, however as the project has gone on, it does seem to me that people are reverting back to stereotypes, and much of those are extremely genderized. And it’s a shame.”
Oprah Winfrey, left, and author Jeanine Cummins, 2nd from left, appearing on Tuesday’s “CBS Today.” (Image thanks to CBS News)
Oprah Winfrey appeared on Tuesday’s “CBS Today” to announce her new book club choice. She selected Jeanine Cummins’ “American Dirt,” the story of a mom who loses much of her household in a brutal attack by a drug cartel and then gets away from Mexico to the United States with her 8-year-old child.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Winfrey stated, “I have actually been a news press reporter, viewed the news, seen the stories every day, seen the children at the border and my heart is wrenched by that. And nothing has done more (than ‘American Dirt’) to make me feel the discomfort and desperation of what it means to be on the run. It’s altered the method I see the whole problem and I was already compassionate.”
In November, The Salt Lake Tribune became the country’s first legacy paper to acquire complete non-profit status. What does that mean, precisely? In a nutshell, the Tribune can seek contributions and pair them with income from advertising and memberships and a separate foundation.
The move was made to develop financial stability after the Tribune laid off a third of its newsroom in 2018.
Now the big question is, will any other media outlets follow the Tribune’s lead of going non-profit? In an interview with Medill Resident News Initiative’s Mark Jacob, Salt Lake Tribune editor Jennifer Napier-Pearce stated other news organizations have reached out for recommendations.
” In regards to conserving regional papers,” Napier-Pearce stated, “this is certainly an option that I believe a lot of local papers are going to check out since the economics of print are just real tough today.”
The Ringer founder Bill Simmons. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Recently, The Wall Street Journal’s Ben Mullin and Anne Steel broke the story that Spotify remains in early speak to get The Ringer– Expense Simmons’ sports and pop culture media website that has developed a remarkable stable of podcasts. Now, just to be clear, nothing appears imminent and it might never ever take place. Still, the personnel at The Ringer is a little nervous. The Ringer union put out a declaration Tuesday that stated:
” The Ringer’s staff is comprised of far more than podcasters: authors, editors, illustrators, fact checkers, copy editors, social media editors, and video and audio producers. It’s our hope that any future sale both acknowledges the value of that personnel and honors the existing development we have actually made at the bargaining table because our union was acknowledged in August.”
As The Washington Post’s Ben Strauss explains, “Ringer staff members are fretted about the tasks of non-podcasters in a handle Spotify, which does not produce or disperse any written content.”
On one hand, Simmons has been skillful in developing his site, and it’s hard to picture he would put his non-audio workers in a susceptible area. However, Simmons has put a substantial emphasis on podcasting and if someone is willing to pay him $200 million and permit him to continue having editorial control over his podcast network, who could blame him for selling?
In a actually insightful piece for his “Hot Pod” podcasting newsletter for Nieman Laboratory, Nicholas Quah writes that the offer makes “a lots of sense” for Spotify, which is a significant player in podcasting. As the WSJ notes, The Ringer produces more than 30 podcasts and generates more than 100 million downloads a month.
News continues to benefit The Athletic– the ad-free, subscription-based sports website. Axios’ Sara Fischer reports that The Athletic has actually simply raised another $50 million, for an overall of $1395 million in funding because launching in2016 Worth of the company is now thought to be at about $500 million.
The Athletic co-founder Adam Hansmann said the business anticipates to earn a profit in 2020 and will quickly hit a million subscribers. The website likewise declares that 80%of its subscribers stay past one year. The company now has more than 500 full-time staff members and the most current round of funding is expected to go toward editorial operations overseas.
If you think all these numbers (and most are originating from the company itself), you can’t assist but concern the conclusion that The Athletic has been wildly effective. There’s no question that the writing and journalism is superior, supplying in-depth reporting and long-form functions that numerous newspapers no longer offer. But it’s the economics (again, if you think the owners) that have actually exceeded the expectations most had when The Athletic launched.
- He’s one of podcasting’s greatest stars. An incredible profile of Michael Barbaro and the program he hosts, “The Daily,” by New york city magazine’s Matthew Schneier.
- A sobering piece in Wanderer by Justin Nobel about how oil and gas wells could be making workers ill and infecting communities throughout America.
- Know who’s something of a cult figure among journalists? Dateline’s Keith Morrison. Take a look at this piece on BuzzFeed from a superfan and her mission to have a cup of coffee with Morrison.
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