RMV writes:Taken from Marvin Kalb, Trump’s troubling relationship with the press;www.Brookings .edu.blog 2/22/17
Eric Sevareid once said “Our rigid formulas of so-called objectivity have given the lie the same prominence and impact that the truth is given;they have elevated the influence of fools to that of wise men;the ignorant to the the level of the learned;the evil to the level of the good.’Kalb goes on to add that in a reporter’s quest for fairness,he or she often tends to balance the good against the bad thereby risking the creation of a false symmetry or balance. Why is this concept both valid and vital to the survival of democracy? my(RMV)opinion is that the news media,particularly cable,Public Television and the networks reach out to us by presenting “The News”in the form of two or three commentators discussing a critical issue on the basis that each presenter speaks “the truth” albeit from a different personal or political slant.Their job is to educate us(and we certainly welcome varying perspectives);unfortunately ,tragically,nowadays one or more of the presenters is merely lying ,purposefully distorting known facts. The truth.is hidden under a fusilade of politically inspired jargon.He or she is merely there to balance out the “opposition”however far from truth their position may be.Nobody is there as referee to call “foul” or “out of bounds” or more accurately “Bu….it”and to insist on bringing forward the facts as widely known and acknowledged.The average listener/watcher wants to be and needs to be informed;issues are complex and solutions distant and many sided. It helps not at all to be lied to and to be subjected to game show tactics(more accurately shell game tactics).”Under which expert is the truth hidden?”as if each input is equally valid.This is the way democracies die.
Relatedly,Kalb quotes the respected Tyndall Report which showed that the three TV networks -ABC,CBS and NBC helped elect Trump by giving him 1,144 minutes of free coverage compared to 506 minutes given to Clinton,more than double the time.Cable news.even more inequitable with Trump seen and heard everywhere and at anytime.He was treated as a TV star acting as his own producer deciding when, where and how he would appear with the networks always obliging.My question(RMV) is why was there no response time given as there is following a President’s of governor’s state of the union or state of the state address.Of course as Kalb tells us “cable news made more money in 2016 than ever before”…(follow the money)…Trump sold better than Hillary making the networks great again!