The media is very upset about the President’s lack of respect, Atlantic writers David Frum and James Fallows being among the most butthurt.
I used to love the corporate media. I read newspapers every day. I watched the Sunday morning talk programs. I used to go to the bookstore on Mondays and read Time and Newsweek when they came out.
The Atlantic was once an excellent magazine. It used to have great long form pieces, particularly by William Langewiesche. Then Michael Kelly died, and it wasn’t the same.
I rarely read newspapers, and haven’t read the newsmagazines in a long time. I used to read the Atlantic online, but now it’s not even interesting to see what progs think. All these publications are pretty stupid and boring. It’s just bad writers pushing the official line.
There used to be at least some competition in the media. Publishers wanted to deliver a product worth reading to attract and hold readers. TV networks wanted ratings.
There’s little competition any more, and owners are mostly interested in ideology. The Washington Post is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and the New York Times in large part by Mexican telecommunications monopolist Carlos Slim. The Atlantic is owned by some guy who made a lot of money in medical records.
In any case the product is of low quality, which in this case means not informative, interesting or influential. The media doesn’t have the power it once had because it isn’t as good as it once was.
If Frum and Fallows are upset by their loss of influence, they should consider why people don’t consider them or the magazine they write for worth reading any more. The internet makes all kinds of information easier to get, and what it lacks in polish it makes up for in other ways.
President Trump- I love saying that- can trash the media because people already don’t like it. So guys, try not to suck so much.