Thursday, July 20, 2017
Why journalism standards self-destructed
"In the 19th century, power meant control of the means of production; today, power lies in control of the means of communication." (Patrick Buchanan)
The deep origin of the change in the standards of journalism was the postmodernism taught in our colleges and universities since the 1960's, which taught a relativity of values, where only cultural power, not right or wrong, determined morality and cultural standards---not unlike Marxism. Editors and reporters absorbed this cultural ethos.
This also allowed other special interests, who were not at all relativistic about their values, to exploit the lack of standards of the Media.
And so we arrive at the take-down of President Trump by a Media which no-longer keeps its own opinions out of the story---and its opinions are always leftist or anarchist.
What can be done? Journalist Michael Goodwin suggests ( Imprimis, June 2017) that we actually support alternative media, which is at least a start at slowing the speeding decline of our culture due largely to the Media.