Ms. Gallagher, the internet also made it very possible to check what the media was selling, and I use the word “selling” purposely, because we find a lot of media advocacy. The media have by and large proven themselves unworthy of automatic credibility. We have to judge each reporter individually by their work.
It’s great that Tapper pushed Trump 23 times to get an answer. There was no Tapper pushing Candidate Obama even once to get an answer in 2008. The media, by and large, had shivers running up their legs when Obama came on the scene. One example of media advocacy.
I have spent many years investigation the political reality of the Global Warming issue, and I see again and again the media buying and repeating things that have zero authenticity. Even the author of the study which generated the “97% of climate scientists”, Cook, is so embarrassed at the shoddiness of his own work that he refuses to publicly defend it; yet the media continue to repeat it, although the real number is probably less than 1%. Just one more example of media advocacy.
You imply that a greater percentage of non-white stories is desirable. I would say a greater percentage of fact-based stories with less content that reflects the biases of the reporters would be desirable, regardless of the color of the principals. It was not the large number of stories about the blacks in Ferguson that was constructive; it was that the facts about the encounter eventually began to come out.
I looked through your speech for advice to keep advocacy and bias out of reporting and keep facts in. I didn’t find it.