(ed: the final two lines in this excerpt could not be a more accurate description of the new zealand mainstream-media tabloid-rags..stuff and the new zealand herald..)
How wonderful it would be if President Trump’s ascendancy had coincided with a revival of hard-hitting – deep-dive – no-holds-barred American journalism.
Alas that’s hardly the case.
True the big media outlets are demonstrating both energy and enterprise in exposing the ineptitude – inconsistency and dubious ethical standards as well as outright lies and fake news that are already emerging as Trump era signatures.
That said – pointing out that the president has (again) uttered a falsehood – claimed credit for a nonexistent achievement or abandoned some position to which he had previously sworn fealty requires something less than the sleuthing talents of a Sherlock Holmes.
As for beating up on poor Sean Spicer for his latest sequence of gaffes — well that’s more akin to sadism than reporting.
Apart from a commendable determination to discomfit Trump and members of his inner circle (select military figures excepted – at least for now) journalism remains pretty much what it was prior to November 8th of last year: personalities built up only to be torn down – fads and novelties discovered – celebrated – then mocked; ‘extraordinary’ stories of ordinary people granted 15 seconds of fame only to once again be consigned to oblivion — all served with a side dish of that day’s quota of suffering devastation and carnage.
These remain journalism’s stock-in-trade.
As practiced in the United States – with certain honorable (and hence unprofitable) exceptions journalism remains superficial – voyeuristic and governed by the attention span of a two year old.