As a reader, I wanted two things from newspapers: 1) an acknowledgement that this was an extremely complex question (as we now cannot doubt), and 2) a balanced setting out of the arguments on both sides.
Without taking anything away from the rest of the article (which I mostly agreed with and enjoyed reading), I’d argue that most media consumers out there don’t want these two points. Instead, they want the exact opposite: a confirmation that it’s a simple, one-sided issue, and that they’re right in thinking whatever it is they may be thinking about the issue. The whole history of the last two decades of journalism (and even well before that) seems to bear this out.
What do do about that is, for me, the biggest issue facing journalism nowadays….