Journalism shmournalism

Michael Keaton and Robert Duvall play editors arguing out in a "budget meeting" in the movie The Paper. THE PAPER, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Michael Keaton, 1994, (c)Universal Pictures
Michael Keaton and Robert Duvall play editors arguing out in a “budget meeting” in the movie The Paper. THE PAPER, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Michael Keaton, 1994, (c)Universal Pictures

Somewhere, some way, it got lost.

I’m talking about journalism of course.

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.

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The newspaper as community service

389c643While serving as editor and publisher of small-town newspapers in rural Texas, I was extremely aware of just how conservative those towns were.

I’m not a “pinko commie liberal” as some might put it. I lean more moderate but without a doubt my views and ideology were a bit more liberal than the majority of the towns in which I served.

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Media, coalitions, and me, oh my

file000698093868-3There 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.

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“The Media” and polls

Donald J. Trump, our President-elect, hates the media. Except when he doesn’t.

And he should, except when he doesn’t.

He’s used them brilliantly, gaining untold amounts in free publicity while assaulting the media on every front. At its core, it is a love-hate relationship of epic proportions and President-elect Trump is nothing if not a brilliant puppet master.

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