Truly mind-boggling that a journalist would write on this issue and not say even once, “It’s because we lie all the time.”
Right wing conspiracy theorists didn’t wake me up to the media. Noam Chomsky did.
I’ve been calling out media bullshit for most of my life. I did it when it was conservatives (Bush era) telling me I was lying, and I’m doing it today when it’s liberals telling me lying. I’ll keep doing it for as long as it happens and I’m not going to allow partisanship to silence me.
The media isn’t trusted because the media slants the news, or outright lies, all the time. There’s no deeper questioning here. The media is not trusted because the media has repeatedly acted in an untrustworthy manner.
Solution? Just start telling the damn truth…allow reasonable dissenting opinions to counterbalance any narrative…take the shocking approach of considering that maybe, just maybe, you aren’t enlightened and even YOU are vulnerable to bias and therefore need to take real measures to smooth out that bias.
But whatever…this is just speaking into a void. There’s no reasoning with anybody anymore these days. You’ve all helped to create this global house of mirrors where people can’t even have a civil disagreement anymore, where everyone is someone else’s boogeyman.
You’ve helped do this…I don’t expect you to stop…but for fuck’s sake please quit acting like a martyr who has done nothing wrong.