Several years ago, I was publisher of a small-town newspaper.
This was an interesting town. Only about 20,000 people lived in the county, yet there were two good-sized weekly newspapers and some smaller weekly papers on the periphery.
When a new media outlet opened, we were intrigued. Called MyMaconTV, they were initially going to serve as an online television outlet streaming high school sports, events, and government meetings. Really, it was a good idea.
What stands for journalism today is, well, some sort of desperate mesh of talking heads, screaming mouths, exaggerated news, fake news, and social media. And that desperate mesh is about as useful as kale in a candy store.
It is a statement of fact and it is a great piece on Medium written by Richard Tofel (@dicktofel), president of ProPublica, a Pulitzer-Prize winning news organization that has done amazing things online in the realm of public interest and investigative journalism.
There is a narrative that “the media” seems to be missing in its post-election coverage.
The Democrats’ vaunted coalition of voters. You know, women, young people, African-Americans, and Hispanics. The reality for Hillary Clinton is she didn’t capture the same percentages President Obama did in this coalition
According to a number of media oulets, voter turnout was the lowest in 20 years, sitting at around 55 percent, perhaps a tad more when provisional and absentee ballots are fully counted.
And in that is something the national media missed entirely.