The end of journalism?

The end of journalism?

Writing in the New York Post, Michael Goodwin takes a rather troubling look at the state of journalism today, in light of the election coverage. He believes the industry is collapsing around us. The separation of news and opinion is breaking down. And I have a few thoughts to add to his.

Whatever happened to Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk from the state of Kentucky that asked for a religious accommodation for her beliefs? Turns out, she got what she wanted, and then some. Well, and then a lot.

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American journalism is collapsing before our eyes

Case Closed – Kim Davis Has Won the Fight for Religious Freedom

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Show transcript

I have another contribution for the Consider This Vote segment, where listeners let us know what their big motivators are for voting this election season. This time, from the comments for episode 150, comes this from DocH.

Provocateur. Antagonist. Protagonist. You sure are the Triple-Threat with this topic. Well done, by the way.

I accept your challenge for creative input on the pending election and will meter appropriate responses to you over the next few weeks/months. I have so much to offer, but need to settle a bit and take the emotion out of the anticipated reply you have solicited, making it a little more soluble for the masses.

Here is my initial thought (thinks silently to self – – – AARRGGH!) #Always: Take the name and face off of the ballot. Vote the talent – not the cult of personality.

I encourage all who read and listen to ‘Pops’ Payton here to contribute to the best of their communicative talents on this topic. Too many folks in our society take the timid low road on big issues/events like this. Stand up, make an informed and honest declaration about what is, or is not, important to you and yours, then participate in the wonderful representative democracy we call the USA.

Cheers – DocH

Well Doc, we call it the USA because that’s its name. And yes, I’ll own the “Pops” nickname. I’m probably a bit above the average age of podcast listeners, and podcast creators.

Thanks for your contribution. Yes, let’s take the emotion out of it (as much as possible) and the charisma (or lack thereof), and instead look at the talents of the person, whether that person has done well in business, or done well politicking his or her way into positions where he or she has done a great job covering his or her tracks of lies and graft. Your choice.


Writing in the New York Post, Michael Goodwin takes a rather troubling look at the state of journalism today, in light of the election coverage. He believes the industry is collapsing around us. Here’s some of what he sees.

The frenzy to bury Trump is not limited to the Clinton campaign and the Obama White House. They are working hand in hand with what was considered the cream of the nation’s news organizations.

The shameful display of naked partisanship by the elite media is unlike anything seen in modern America.

The largest broadcast networks — CBS, NBC and ABC — and major newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post have jettisoned all pretense of fair play. Their fierce determination to keep Trump out of the Oval Office has no precedent.

Indeed, no foreign enemy, no terror group, no native criminal gang suffers the daily beating that Trump does. The mad mullahs of Iran, who call America the Great Satan and vow to wipe Israel off the map, are treated gently by comparison.

Goodwin compares his time at the New York Times with what he’s seeing there today; not just speculating but actually seeing on its pages. The liberal leanings of journalists, which he saw back during the Vietnam War and which continues  today, was at least tempered by policies that scrubbed, as much as possible, the opinions of journalists from their stories.

Today, that separation of opinion and news seems to be crumbling. He has examples in his article that is linked in the show notes.

I want to add a couple of things to his thoughts. He speaks about the New York Times, with which he has experience, and how their leftward leaning is no longer being masked. But I would suggest that those news outlets with rightward leanings are having the same issue. These days, I just can’t watch some of the offerings on Fox News. Their editorial voice is becoming so prevalent that it’s sometimes overwhelming. I think that MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” is more centered than “Fox and Friends” overall. (Though “Morning Joe” is the brightest light in that regard; I have little use for much else on that network.) So this doesn’t just affect those with a liberal view.

And secondly, if this mask truly does drop completely, I wonder how many people will notice? Folks on the Left, consuming media from sources that lean Left, might see this as refreshing, that they don’t need to see opinions which they deem wrong, offensive, or downright evil. And the same could be said of those on the Right who read or watch right-leaning media.

Indeed, there may be some, such as journalism professors, pundits that report on the media itself, and others like Michael Goodwin, that see what is happening. There may be news consumers that detect it as well. But will the vast majority of journalism’s target audience realize what has happened? The answer, I fear, is probably No.


It’s time to Reconsider This, where I do a follow-up on a topic I’ve touched on in the past. This time, I want to see whatever happened to Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk from the state of Kentucky that asked for a religious accommodation for her beliefs; specifically, that her name not have to be on marriage licenses so that she was not tacitly endorsing same-sex marriage. For her constitutional request, she was jailed for six days, and later changes were made in her county that indeed gave her what she requested.

Since then, a federal judge dismissed all 3 lawsuits resulting from her actions. Also, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed an executive order creating one marriage license form which does not require the county clerk’s name and title. Then the Kentucky General Assembly made Governor Bevin’s changes permanent with a bill that passed the State House with a 97-0 vote followed by a 36-0 vote in the State Senate.

A more resounding victory you’re not likely to find in government. It’s an absolute win for religious freedom. But you probably missed it, because wins for religious freedom don’t seem to get much press these days.

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