In Bad News: How Woke Media is Undermining Democracy, Batya Ungar-Sargon writes of the media’s problems stemming largely from issues of class, even though the problems are outwardly portrayed as political and cultural extremism in the news.
Something Is Wrong with American Journalism
Journalism used to be written primarily by the working class for the working class, but as the industry shrinks, it has become ensconced in an elitist bubble that serves the interests of its corporate owners and distribution channels controlled by Big Tech. Working-class readers (the middle class) are leaving the news and rejecting the media in growing numbers.
You do not have to support Trump to acknowledge that he exposed something dark about American journalism that was already underway when he surprised everyone by winning the presidency in 2016,
Donald Trump exposed the contempt the media has for middle America and for religion, the use of racism as a cudgel to protect class interests, the obfuscation of American unity on questions of equality, the elevation of a set of taste and class markers to the status of absolute truth, and the cultivation and mainstreaming of a moral panic about America as an enduring white-supremacist country, while corporate America was bending over backward to appropriate the ‘Black lives matter’ slogan.
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