If you are a person of a certain age it’s odd to drive down a major artery in a large metropolitan American city and strain to find a newspaper box at any of the crossroads.
That’s especially true in a city such as Detroit, with a storied history of competitive journalism that dug deep into holding power in check, whether it was city hall, the unions or large corporations.
It’s not that those papers are gone. The lack of boxes is in part because of contractual delivery systems and partly because of vandalism. But the disappearing boxes are mostly because we consume our news differently.
That consumption is contributing to a crisis in American journalism that benefits no one.
Turn on the television at any given moment of the day, and you are likely to hear the anchor say ‘Breaking News’ at least 12 times in one hour. Go on Twitter, and you are likely to see the hashtags #breakingnews #scoop #exclusive fill your timeline from reporters and news organizations in the Washington and New York newsrooms.
And go on Facebook, and half of your friends are posting stories from a left-leaning news organization’s take on the news and the other half are posting stories from a right-leaning news organization, and most of your friends declare one or the other “fake news,” following with lots of words in all capital letters.
It’s exhausting, it is frustrating and it leaves the consumer wary of how they navigate the news.
And here is the hard truth: No one is exempt, there is a shared responsibility in this lack of trust between the American people and her press, and unless we find a way to unravel it, that mistrust is only going to get worse.
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