Feb 6, 2017
News In The Trump Era
Although, I thought that the news and media was biased during the presidential campaign of 2016, I haven't seen anything yet. Only President for two weeks, Trump has managed to alienate the press even more than before. Now, I don't blame Trump, I blame the press. (I use the terms press and media interchangeably, and mean both print, internet, broadcast and cable) The media knew what they were getting when Trump won. I suppose that there might have been an expectation of a more presidential demeanor, but there should be no surprise that it didn't materialize.
As someone who looks for news and not attitude, my hunt has become more elusive. Complicating the endeavor, is that more and more news sources are being consolidated. When the public is willing to accept the blurbs on facebook as news, we are in an era of electronic tabloids.
News as entertainment isn't new, but when that's all there is, democracy suffers. Previously informed people are reduced to this new diet. The Sunday edition of the Washington Post treats the previous evening's Saturday Night Live parody as news. CNN has joined the official electronic tabloid club by refusing to host Kellyanne Conway on their Sunday talking heads program, after being shut out of some access by the White House. In this vacuum, I expect that molovinsky on allentown will have to open a Washington bureau. I was hoping to devote more column space to local history.