“It bereaves me to say this, but [the public’s dim view of the media] is a perfectly understandable reflection of the fact that most of the media are not doing things as well as they once did,” said Edward Wasserman, the dean of the University of California at Berkeley’s graduate journalism school. “Coverage is not as thoughtful, penetrating and complete as it once was. You don’t have the news staff, the news hole, the foreign bureaus, the statehouse reporting that you once did. . . . It’s the rare exception that a news organization has gotten better, not worse,” over the past decade or so.
On The Media II: TheHill.com
“The bottom line is that perhaps one-half of the potential audience for these media outlets holds negative opinions about them.
“This practice confounds most people’s understanding of the marketing of mass products. Were millions of people, for example, to complain to automakers that the standard radios provided don’t work well enough, the manufacturers would endeavor to fix it to the critics’ satisfaction — not, as the media have done, simply deny that anything’s wrong.”
On The Media III: The Atlantic
“Donald Trump’s noisy complaints that immigration is out of control are literally true. Nobody is making conscious decisions about who is wanted and who is not, about how much immigration to accept and what kind to prioritize—not even for the portion of U.S. migration conducted according to law, much less for the larger portion that is not.”
On The Media IV: The Wall Street Journal
“[L]iberal calls for gun control aren’t about keeping guns from bad guys. It’s what you talk about so you don’t have to talk about the reality of Islamist terror.”
Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.