Our Post-Objective Media, Example XXXXVII
"Armed Liberal" writes:
Deborah Howell, the Post ombudswoman, has a piece up on l'affaire Arkin.Indeed it does. And it's right in line with a trend I've been casually tracking since the early days of this blog, which James Taranto summed up thusly last year:
Something odd is afoot in America's elite media--increasingly, journalists are unabashed about admitting their liberal bias.Back in November, James Q. Wilson wrote:
But in the Vietnam era, an important restraint on sectarian partisanship still operated: the mass media catered to a mass audience and hence had an economic interest in appealing to as broad a public as possible. Today, however, we are in the midst of a fierce competition among media outlets, with newspapers trying, not very successfully, to survive against 24/7 TV and radio news coverage and the Internet. As a consequence of this struggle, radio, magazines, and newspapers are engaged in niche marketing, seeking to mobilize not a broad market but a specialized one, either liberal or conservative.As Howell implies in her support of Arkin, clearly, the Post's readers on the left have their ideal journalist; but what does this trend forecast for the future of Big Media?
Update: "So the Washington Post and NBC News has William Arkin but the New York Times unbelievably has John Burns".
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