Committee to Protect Journalists' outgoing exec director @JoelSimonSays: "We are in a battle for the soul of democracy, a battle over who controls information. It's a battle we have to win and it's a struggle that's going to go on for a long time." pic.twitter.com/0udpNJkOOo— Reliable Sources (@ReliableSources) December 30, 2021
Very important article from Margaret O’Sullivan.
“Journalists” must rise up to save “our democracy” in 2022.
We have identified what we have been doing wrong. We need to be more partisan, more hysterical, more sanctimonious, more annoying and more focused on driving narratives than reporting on news.
“In the year since the Jan. 6 insurrection, mainstream journalists have done a lot of things right. They’ve published major investigations, pointed out politicians’ lies and, in many cases, finally learned how to clearly communicate the facts of what happened leading up to that horrendous riot at the U.S. Capitol — and what is happening now as pro-Trump Republicans steadily chip away at the very checks and balances that saved American democracy last year.
Much of this work has been impressive. And yet, something crucial is missing. For the most part, news organizations are not making democracy-under-siege a central focus of the work they present to the public.
“We are losing our democracy day by day, and journalists are individually aware of this, but media outlets are not centering this as the story it should be,” said Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a scholar of autocracy and the author of “Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present.” …
“The reactionary counter-mobilization against democracy has accelerated,” wrote historian Thomas Zimmer, a visiting professor at Georgetown. “It’s happening on so many fronts simultaneously that it’s easy to lose sight of how things are connected.” …
But, in general, this pro-democracy coverage is not being “centered” by the media writ large. It’s occasional, not regular; it doesn’t appear to be part of an overall editorial plan that fully recognizes just how much trouble we’re in. …”
This is a f***ing five alarm fire of reaction, people!
We can no longer afford to give lip service to “both sides-ism.”
If we have the “moral clarity” to make it even more obvious to the public that we are a privileged, out of touch social class with alien values who are concentrated in coastal metros, we can save American democracy. We need to communicate that our big cities are besieged by literal “fascism.”
Note: I’m already off to a good start in my predictions.