Years, perhaps decades, of people screaming about the liberal media and media elites along with the defunding of traditional journalism has taken an enormous toll. Because entertainment and tabloid journalism are cheap and popular, they have displaced serious news. This, in turn, has bred a culture of naivete, ignorance and divisiveness.
The essential role of the checks and balance role of the media can be seen in local news. Rising bankruptcies, unwise investments. I’m not saying they could have been stopped by muckrakers but without journalists, the slam dunk is virtually guaranteed.
When African Americans and others are shocked by the unrelenting resistance faced by Pres. Obama, I have to ask, where have you been?
As soon as you move beyond middle management, competition is dog eat dog. It is ruthless. There are some ambitions for which people will build a bus to throw you under.
You can’t believe how hard and how much push back? Wake up. It’s happening. And continual wonder isn’t an effective response.
I would still argue that most middle aged African Americans would have known this. The enormous sacrifices, the thousand and one attacks, put downs, the passive resistance — they would have been prepared. The sourest note is that in that knowing, they might not have dared to go for it as Pres. Obama did.
Whither? Journalism is part of the answer. When you don’t fact check the RNC but pick at the DNC, you’re not fooling anyone. So people disengage from main stream media, which makes them less likely to … and onwards, the deteriorating circle.