Tucker Carlson: the Sad State of Modern Journalism

, Alex Nitzberg, 7 Comments

Criticizing the state of modern journalism, Tucker Carlson told AIM that journalists’ obsequious behavior, blatant bias and monolithic worldview have compromised the integrity of the nation’s fourth estate.

Carlson, a member of the Fox News team and a veteran journalist who co-founded the Daily Caller, asserts that many journalists bask in the presence of “the powerful” and are “…afraid to challenge anybody in power.”

“That’s kind of exactly the opposite of what you want. I mean the whole reason that journalists have a special kind of place in American society is because they’re entrusted with this job to kind of keep the powerful honest and to speak on behalf of the population and the second they go over to the other side and start sucking up to politicians for example, is the second they’ve betrayed that charge.”

Questioned about the media’s election coverage Carlson opined, “I don’t think by and large they have been covering it, they’ve been advocating on behalf of one candidate against another.”

He explained that regardless of the election’s outcome, the media’s advocacy has destroyed its claim to objectivity.

Pointing out that a conflict of interest will arise if Trump wins and the largely anti-Trump media must report on his presidency, he said, “ … how are they gonna cover that, the administration? Can they? Haven’t they discredited themselves?”

“By the way,” he continued, “if Hillary wins, same thing. They’ve been working for her election and now they’re in charge of telling us what her administration is doing, can we trust them with that? I don’t think so.”

Condemning the practice of journalists who air their opinions on social media accounts, Carlson noted the corrosive effect this has on the public’s trust as they can easily discover a journalist’s political leanings.

Carlson says that while he values diversity, within the modern field of journalism “ … everybody has the same experience, they’re all from the same world, they all have the same assumptions, they all went to the same schools.”

He described journalism school as an “indoctrination center” that perpetuates the lack of diversity of thought in the media industry.

“ … journalism school is just another sameness factory that pumps out people with identical opinions, and by the way, it’s only accessible to a certain kind of person — the exact kind of person we don’t need any more of in journalism — affluent, entitled, activist.”

Carlson believes journalists should seek the truth, “even if it leads them into uncomfortable places and especially if it leads them to places they didn’t expect to arrive … that’s what I thought journalism was, pursuit of what’s true, of accuracy, but not just accuracy, of truth.”

Alex Nitzberg is an intern at the American Journalism Center at Accuracy in Media and Accuracy in Academia. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Photo by Gage Skidmore


7 Responses

  1. jaimelmanzano

    August 10, 2016 12:22 pm

    The media has taken advantage of the constitution’s largely unlimited right of freedom given to the press. Draped in a cloak of self-righteousness, and the presumed responsibility to keep the nation informed, the press, and the media, with impunity, has freely reported rumors, gossip, even outright lies, not to mention errors in fact, and national secrets. It has done so from the beginning. The Adams/Jefferson election of 1796 is an historical precedence. Challenging the media’s routine merchandising of disinformation is to stoke horror, shock, anger and paranoia. After all, they are the guardians of the peoples right to know.

    The historical record, however, reveals the damage inflicted on the nation through media deliberate, complicit, even routine, error. The country has gone to war due to the media functioning as megaphones of known misstatements as to facts or the repetition of false narratives. A couple of headline stories will suffice as evidence – the error reporting of the sinking of the Maine that launched the Spanish-American War, and the overblown Tonkin Gulf incident used to escalate U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Even the media narrative accompanying the present presidential election is replete with twisted facts, and fabricated story lines, intent on arousing and misleading the public.

    Is there a remedy? Without violating the letter of the first amendment, I can imagine a few, none of which are likely to be adopted. First, the language of the first amendment speaks to a free press, a printed document, not one that relates to the public spectrum used by radio and TV that did not then exist. These modern media outlets are within the public domain, and are required by law to educate and inform the public. Were they required to identify and cite sources of opinion, as well as facts in their presentation, much of their misleading practices would diminish. It might even have the effect of establishing standards for journalist to follow.

    Another possibility could be for individuals and households to be empowered with the right to preserve their privacy by denying media the ability to enter their homes without authorization. The spectrum media would have to depend on individuals freely choosing to access their information and narrative content. That is the condition under which the printed press presently operates, and accepts.

    A third possibility would be to expand the reach of liability laws. In particular, immunities given to public officials need to be revisited. The harm they can inflict on individuals and the public, and do in practice, is excessive.

    Sadly, actions along these lines are unlikely. Too many oxen of the powerful would be gored.

  2. William

    August 10, 2016 12:23 pm

    AIM is a bunch of kooks who fear that Communists control the American media.. I’d like to see them try to explain Donald Trump and FOX ‘News’.

  3. gustafus

    August 10, 2016 2:15 pm

    Lecturing writers on the necessity of objectivity is a fools errand. TV, Print, and Internet news sites are not profit centers but megaphones for the 1%… the globalists.. the multi cultural dictators.

    WE are the enemy… to be thwarted, insulted, manipulated and cheated. Carl Icahn calls Trumpets Archie Bunker voters.

    RESULT — Hey, I’m not white trash… I’m voting Hillary

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