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John Noonan @noonanjo
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Can’t tell you how prevalent this sentiment is in rural and small-town American.

There is a very real feeling of being left behind, that corporate news ignores issues they care about, or is outright hostile to them.
Some have even abandoned Fox for OANN, if you can believe it.

I’m a little worried about the country segmenting itself into competing realities.
Had a really good chat with a cable news journo recently. Talked about school attacks, where a variety of factors contribute to the problem, but media grinds down on gun control alone. Makes 7-minute stars out of kids who say the right things. We debated the merits of that.
He thought this was justified because gun control is the most obvious solution to the problem. I pointed out that this is part of the problem with the coverage. Not calling balls and strikes, but picking sides because they feel like the right solution or idea.
Journalism's value in a democracy isn't advocating for policy or issues, but informing the citizenry of raw facts (who what where when why), and allowing them to make up their own minds.

The value diminishes (this is bipartisan) when it crosses the line into advocacy.
he took affront when I said news is less a public service today as it is a corporate entity, selling ideas, opinion, and political conflict just like McDonalds sells Big Macs and Coca-Colas sells soda.

Many reporters want to be public servants, but are dependent on Big Media.
He's a good reporter and has good intentions. But we're all captured and imprisoned by this dynamic where every minute of every day demands views and clicks -- and views and clicks come from people with opinions or people who want to see conflict. I don't know solution.
well... I do know the solution, it's just a pipe dream. Don't reward entertainment-news with clicks or views. Go on a media diet. Purge it from your life like fast food or smoking.
many people responding "good! Too bad for those snowflakes!"

This is a huge part of the problem. Snidely dismissing other voters' views as illegitimate, stupid, or meaningless. Same people get furious when Fox and Rush score huge ratings.
is an excellent journalist who understands the middle American angst. Doesn't belittle it or marginalize. Just does honest stories that are relatable to an overlooked segment of the country. We could use more of her.
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