Most books or articles written now about the news media emphasise a decline in authority, a fall in standards, or even a general crisis of the ability to represent the real world. This is true in every culture I know of: to write a sunny book about the media, now, would be regarded, especially by media people themselves, as ludicrous.
Since this essay will also claim there is something wrong with the news media, it is worth beginning by noting the fact that there is something perverse about this consensus on crisis. The news media, as the media in general,…
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