I can’t remember if it’s a lawyer that’s worse than a journalist or a journalist that’s worse than a lawyer, in Troop’s book, but I find, for a long time, that I blame journalists not so much for the job they do, but for the job they don’t do.
Just for example, education has been in a crisis since I was born. We see the effects of this crisis every day. Why do people put up with it? If only there were a group dedicated to, you know, reporting on these problems and putting them in the proper perspective (versus, say, focusing on random crimes)!
I mean, think about it for a second: What problem do we have that persists simply because those whose job would be to shine a light on it, and to beat the drum about it are too busy with trivialities–partisan politics aside? (The press certainly did this–continues to do it–in its more “conservative” forms, even though liberals dominate.)
I wanted to write a lot more about it, but for now, I just want to reference this, courtesy Protein Wisdom. I disagree with the notion that the turning of the press into a party apparatus is “organic”, but the why is secondary to undoing the damage.
Check it out!