Journalism is dead; the media is absolutely horrible and it can’t die fast enough. Thankfully, it is dying. Each year there are fewer newspapers and news websites out there, as the market speaks and people flee these left-wing propaganda machines and wither on the vine.
Don’t get me wrong, if these outlets did what they’re supposed to do – actually report the news honestly and without bias – I wouldn’t celebrate their demise. But they don’t, so to hell with them.
I find it difficult to not respond to various reporters announcing layoffs in their newsrooms with a resounding “learn to code” swipe, but I mostly succeed. It’s not about individual, awful reporters, most of the time (and they’re usually the last the be let go – looking at you, Taylor Lorenz), it about an industry so far removed from what it used to be that it’s unrecognizable.
Media is now an appendage of the Democratic National Committee. I’ll let you decide which appendage it is, but watching this clip from MSNBC’s Morning Joe clearly places it somewhere just below the equator on the human body.
The shame is journalism is needed and wildly important, as a concept anyway. We need to know what the hell our government and elected officials are doing. We need to know what corporations are up to. We need to know what’s happening in our world so we can avoid disasters.
But disasters are power now – never wanting a good crisis to go to waste is a marketing strategy, not the shame-worthy act it once was and still should be.
So, screw them. As journalism exhales its last few breaths, rejoice. There’s still a chance they could recover, but no one in any position of power in the editorial process seems interested in saving it.
Hell, The New York Times opinion editor was fired for running an opinion contrary to what the “news” department agreed with. Let that sink in: someone with the job of seeking out and running a variety of opinions was fired for doing just that – from an elected Republican United States Senator, no less – because people working in the department of the paper that expressly is not supposed to have opinions disagreed with it. Ownership at the Times should have fired every reporter who publicly expressed their outrage, instead they caved. This was their last chance to reimpose journalistic standards and the Sulzberger family retracted their testicles back into their stomach and went in the other direction.
Why not root for the collapse of outlets like that and everyone involved? Sure, there will be collateral damage – good reporters losing their jobs along with the worthless – but so be it. It’s necessary because the underlying message is so important.
The Times will be one of the last to fall, its brand is far too important to the left-wing industrial complex that whatever amount of money is needed will be thrown at it for as long as possible. Same with The Washington Post, which is now a plaything of Jeff Bezos and his enhanced mistress, only the Post won’t need new benefactors.
Until they die, expect to see more “news” stories like this one from the Business Insider entitled, “People are leaving Texas over rising costs, partisan politics, and a sense of disenchantment.”
Sounds bad, doesn’t it? Republican Texas is portrayed as a bright spot, along with Republican Florida, compared to Joe Biden’s work elsewhere and liberal bastions like deep-blue California. That means it must be destroyed.
When you read the story, the stench of what journalism has become is clear from the jump. It opens, “While some homebuyers seek the American dream in Texas, many are leaving the state to find it elsewhere. ‘Lifelong Texan here. I am definitely preparing an exit strategy,’ one anonymous user posted on a Reddit thread about leaving Texas. ‘From the heat to the stripping away of human rights, I’m just done.’”
The next paragraph starts, “Another poster struck a similar chord.”
Yes, anonymous accounts on Reddit were the basis of a story that just so happened to feed into the left-wing needs to attack conservative success stories. What an amazing coincidence!
The rest of the article cites leftists unhappy with abortion laws, etc. This is as intellectually “diverse” a slice of the population of Texas as you’d get in an Ivy League faculty lounge.
To hell with them all. When a left-wing media outlet is drowning, hand them a brick. Be careful, leftists tend to throw those at police, but if you give them enough metaphorical ones it may just send them to the bottom permanently. All the “journalists” who’ll lose their jobs can get gigs at CNN, MSNBC, start a Substack, open an OnlyFans page or learn to code, I really couldn’t care less.
I will, however, be watching. I’m morbidly curious about how many outlets must fail, how many people must lose their jobs and how many lives must be ruined before one of these places does something radical like revert to the standards they all lie to themselves and the public about having. I don’t know if there’s a number, I suspect there isn’t, but I’ll be happy to be proven wrong, if it ever happens.