News Media Bias Has Gone Too Far to Fix

Our local newspapers have a well- earned reputation for fair play, accuracy and honesty.

Not so for our big-city so called neighbors.

The following are quotations from a speech delivered by Michael Goodwin, the chief political columnist for the New York Daily Post, published in Imprimise, a publication of Hillsdale College, May/June 2017 — Volume 46, Number 5/6.

“I’ve been a journalist for a long time. Long enough to know that it wasn’t always like this. There was a time not so long ago when journalists were trusted and admired. We were generally seen as trying to report the news in a fair and straight-forward manner. Today, all that has changed. For that, we can blame the 2016 election or, more accurately, how some news organizations chose to cover it. Among the many firsts, last year’s election gave us the gobsmacking revelation that most of the mainstream media puts both thumbs on the scale — that most of what you read, watch, and listen to is distorted by intentional bias and hostility. I have never seen anything like it. Not even close.

“Which brings us to the crucial questions Can the American media be fixed? And is there anything that we as individuals can do to make a difference? The short answer to the first question is, ‘No, it can’t be fixed.’ The 2016 election was the media’s Humpty Dumpty moment. It fell off the wall, shattered into a million pieces, and can’t be put back together again.”

W.J. Patsche