A video shared on Facebook made the rounds with Wick folks this week. On it you hear the voice of Judith Miller, who once won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting at The New York Times.
The video attempts to unpack why so many Americans no longer trust the press. Among other things, Miller says that economic forces have squeezed professional media and technological advances have made everyone a sort of unprofessional media. That is certainly true. She steps on squishier ground when she says we just have to trust her that most reporters are liberal and biased.
Someone on my email thread noted that Miller is mighty opinionated for someone who seems to be arguing that a lack of objectivity killed the mainstream media. Another person noted that, while individual reporters might be liberal the corporate media owners are not.
Personally, I think someone who makes such claims ought to disclose her own biases. Miller was forced to resign from The New York Times after the newspaper of record uncovered a pattern of inaccurate reporting from claims of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq to the outing of Valerie Plame as a CIA operative. And if you haven’t heard of “Prager U,” the “university” that published this content, that’s because it isn’t a university at all. As far as I can tell, it’s a video service set up by a conservative radio host. …
Why don’t people trust the media? I think Miller is right when she says we should own our biases. She lays out the history pretty well. I’m just not sure I follow her all the way to the end.
I could bicker about this stuff all day, but I find it very disheartening to do so. Scroll into the comments on this Prager post and you’ll see why. Here’s one:
We no longer have a free press, we no longer have free speech, we no longer have trial by jury of peers,” writes one Facebook commenter. “We don’t have a biased press, we have a disinformation and lying propaganda machine.”
That is a demoralizing worldview and I’m sure the poster isn’t alone. I hope you don’t share those opinions, though.