We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What? I was watching the news. Apparently, something is rising and falling. The stock market, the economy, crime, something. It just keeps going up and down, up and down. It's hard to catch your breath.
It is not just the "media". It is those who choose writing in general. I've noticed in the last few years that same ignorance showing up in television shows, even movies. Just little things that indicate complete ignorance of the world. Plus, an inability to Google and comprehend the returns. There has always been some stupid in all media recognizable by those knowledgeable in the field but of late, you don't have to be that knowledgeable on a topic to see the stupid.
The errors are so inane, they can't be part of some agenda. It is just mental laziness.
Much of it is also laziness and the reluctance of media outlets to pay for real journalists or reporters. Many stories here are simply repackaged press releases by interested parties who want the media to report the story their way. There is little vetting--the press releases simply are massaged a little bit to make it less obvious, and then out they go as the truth. Most of the rest of our paper consists of reprinted New York Times and AP stories (the majority), often with no timeframe specified because often the stuff that is reprinted is days old.
In short, most folks have given up on the local media and just go to the internet.
There is every reason to think that journalists disproportionately suffer from the Dunning-Kruger effect. It is so awful that one cannot help but suspect that the bulk of them as children had dolls that played "Math is hard!..." when the string in the back was pulled.
There is a conscious choice to misrepresent facts and to parrot political propaganda. The facts don't matter, being well read doesn't matter except to the extent that it gives the reporte plausible deniability. Compare any interview of Obama by the MSM with the interviews that Sarah Palin got. There is sufficient evidence that Obama never even attended Columbia University and the media won't even touch that story. Imagine if George Bush had never been seen by his classmates or professors at Yale or Harvard, would that be a page one story? The media is willingly ignorant and partisan. This won't be fixed no matter what books they read.
Even in peacetime I think those are very wrong who say that schoolboys should be encouraged to read the newspapers. Nearly all that a boy reads there in his teens will be known before he is twenty to have been false in emphasis and interpretation, if not in fact as well, and most of it will have lost all importance. Most of what he remembers he will therefore have to unlearn; and he will probably have acquired an incurable taste for vulgarity and sensationalism and the fatal habit of fluttering from paragraph to paragraph to learn how an actress has been divorced in California, a train derailed in France, and quadruplets born in New Zealand." – From CS Lewis Surprised by Joy (1956),
Rush is fond of saying that J school students are there because they want to change the world (rather than report the news). I think that's accurate. As a group, they have an agenda. When it serves their interest, they are happy to "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable" but they never see when their guy is comfortable.
But I also think they are a victim of the warped education system we have in this country where Howard Zinn is a best selling author of required history books.
We might hope that journalists would have more education or at least aware of more background or perspective but as a group, they are really just as clueless as the rest of society and sometimes it is willful.
"Freedom of the press belongs to the man who owns one."
The employers of journalists are the ones to blame. Those employees who do not produce copy that pleases the editors are let go. Those editors who do not produce publications that please the owners are let go.
The owners want to protect their businesses against government interference so their companies produce media that government approves of.