This week on Reliable Sources we learned the shocking news that Sean Hannity criticizes Joe Biden, the Democrats and the corporate media. He even says mean things about them.
As we saw last week, there is less trust of “journalists” in the United States than in any other country in the Western world. Republicans have virtually no trust in the “mainstream media.” The partisan press and sensationalism has also been the norm throughout American history. There was a brief period in the mid-20th century in the wake of the Progressive Era in which Americans had confidence in their institutions and journalism was professionalized. The Walter Cronkite moment has long since faded. We’ve returned to a late 19th century level of polarization and partisan animosity.